TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES: DELIVERING ACCESS TO JUSTICE
17 July 2014, 2-6pm, The Law Society, London
CORE Coalition and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, in association with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), host an afternoon conference to discuss recommendations for actions that should be taken to address the issue, drawing on “The Third Pillar: Access to Judicial Remedies for Human Rights Violations by Transnational Business”, produced by CORE, ICAR and ECCJ, and “Injustice Incorporated" by Amnesty International.
At the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, June 2014, two resolutions were adopted by the Council. The first, drafted by Ecuador and South Africa, directs "to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group with the mandate to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with respect to human rights." The second resolution was drafted by Norway and supported by 22 other countries from all regions. It includes a request that the UN Working Group prepare a report considering, among other things, the benefits and limitations of legally binding instruments.
Ecuador and South Africa’s resolution split the vote: 20 in favour, 14 against (including France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, UK and USA) and 13 abstentions.
On 4 September 2013, the UK became one of the first countries to launch a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, building on the government’s commitment to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. While CORE shares the plan’s clear expectation that UK companies respect human rights throughout their global operations and supply chains, we question whether the proposals will be sufficient to reduce corporate abuses.