Key materials on the working group meeting for a new international treaty on business and human rights

Following a vote in favour of a resolution tabled by Ecuador and South Africa in the UN Human Rights Council last June, work has now started towards developing a new international treaty on business and human rights. Below are links to key documents and online updates from Geneva.

All official documentation is available at

Watch the sessions live on UN Web TV. See

The global civil society movement for a binding treaty, the Treaty Alliance is providing twice-daily updates from the Geneva meeting on their website , along with their formal statements to the sessions. On twitter, activists and other participants are using #StopCorporateAbuse and #bizhumanrights

Statements from Amnesty International and the ECCJ (European Coalition for Corporate Justice) are available at  and

Professor Anita Ramasastry and Professor Doug Cassell recently authored a ‘White Paper’ on possible options for the treaty, for the American Bar Association and the Law Society of England & Wales

Points 27 & 28 of the European Parliament resolution of 12 March 2015 on the EU’s priorities for the UN Human Rights Council in 2015 (2015/2572(RSP)) make reference to the participation of EU states in the treaty discussions