CIDSE contribution to the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights for their third session (Geneva, 23–27 October 2017)
CIDSE welcomes the elements for the international legally-binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights put forward by the Chairperson-Rapporteur. They present a holistic view of the challenges requiring international action. It is now for States to consider the different elements and to formulate constructive proposals for further elaboration of these elements and of the actual text of the Treaty.
This submission highlights a number of areas which governments will need to take forward for more thinking and work. This will be part of the necessary steps to best to move from elements to Treaty text.
As an international family of Catholic social justice organisations, we have been participating in national level policy discussions to ensure that businesses respect human rights throughout their operations and strongly encourage our own governments to participate actively in the UN session of the Inter-Governmental Working Group.
Contact: Denise Auclair (auclair(at)cidse.org)