European Parliament Calls on EU & Member States to Engage in UN Human Rights Council Debate on a Legally Binding Instrument on Business & Human Rights

In March 2015, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on EU and member states to engage in the debate at the UN Human Rights Council on a legally binding instrument on business & human rights. The EP noted that these two subject areas "can reinforce each other by creating new business potential in those regions that most need sustainable and responsible investment and by contributing to general respect for human rights in developing countries." And it encouraged EU delegations to "engage with EU businesses in order to promote respect for human rights, and to ensure that ‘business and human rights’ is included among the focus themes in the local calls for proposals of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights." The EU also called for, among other things, the need to "take all necessary measures to address gaps in the effective implementation of the UN Guiding Principles, including as regards access to justice".