European Parliamentarians launched green card initiative to ensure corporate accountability
NGOs welcome support of European Parliamentarians for duty of care legislation of EU corporations towards people affected by their activities
Business and human rights: The world is still waiting for action
The international community adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in June 2011, pledging to address the adverse impacts of business activities. Five years later, progress has been minimal, writes Jerome Chaplier.
Swiss quality must include the protection of human rights and the environment
The Swiss Responsible Business Initiative will be presented to the Swiss authorities today. The 80 civil society organizations supporting the initiative share one common goal: Swiss quality must incorporate the protection of human rights and the environment.
Neither plan nor action
The Swiss President, Johann Schneider-Ammann, took part at this year’s UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva as a keynote speaker.
Switzerland’s disappointing Action Plan
Over 5 years after the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Switzerland finally published its implementation strategy. Although the National Action Plan (NAP) recognizes the challenges at hand, only six new measures are foreseen.
Analysis of the Swiss National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights
Following the adoption of Switzerland’s National Action Plan on Business an Human Rights on December 9th 2016, the Swiss Coalition for Corporate Justice has published its analysis and comments.
The Swiss Federal Council has published its message on the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative
On 15. September 2017, the Federal Council issued its official message on the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative.
Parliamentarian Committee recognizes the necessity to act and calls for an indirect counter-proposal
The Legal Affairs Committee (“the Committee”) of the Swiss Parliament’s Council of States has acknowledges that human rights violations perpetrated by Swiss based multinational companies are of great concern.
Legal Affairs Committee proposes indirect counter-proposal
In the frame of the revision of the Swiss Corporation Law, the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Council proposes legal measures against human rights violations and non-compliance with international environmental standards by corporations based in Switzerland.
Global Business ? Global Responsibility !
Swiss companies that threaten human rights and the environment through their economic activities abroad must take responsibility. This is the message with which a broad coalition launches the Responsible Business Initiative today in Bern.
Over 140’000 signatures for the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative
Less than a year after its launch, the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative has gathered the required number of signatures.
Compromise remains open
The National Council decided today to accept the counter-proposal to the Responsible Business Initiative.
Conservative backlash blocks increased corporate accountability
Swiss parliament motion for mandatory human rights due diligence narrowly turned down.