Since the 1970s countries and civil society groups have been calling for stronger accountability for transnational corporations. Again the calls are growing for the United Nations to take action that would hold these corporations accountability for their human rights abuses. Now is the time to join the chorus of global civil society calling for new strong international law and send the right message that powerful corporations must not violate human rights.
Many groups, including many members of the ESCR-Net Corporate Accountability Working Group since it began 10 years ago, have been supporting the adoption of binding international instruments to address corporate human rights abuse. In Bangkok, at the ESCR-Net Peoples Forum on Human Rights & Business, participants formulated a Joint Statement that was signed by over 140 groups in less than one month.
The statement is now re-opened for signature in the lead up to the 2014 June U.N. Human Rights Council session. The statement is calling for States to begin dialoguing together, through an open-ended inter-governmental working group, to develop a treaty to address corporate human rights violations.
What is the Treaty Alliance?
A group of committed networks and campaign groups around the world are joining to collectively help organise advocacy activities in support of developing binding international regulation to address corporate human rights abuses. The groups involved include: