CIDSE contribution to the 4th session of the IGWG

Written by  CIDSE

CIDSE contribution to the 4th session of the IGWG
03 October 2018

CIDSE contribution to the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights for their fourth session (Geneva, 15-19 October 2018)

CIDSE welcomes the zero draft text for the international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (hereafter referred to as “the Treaty”) as a starting point for negotiations. Following upon the elements paper, the 3rd IGWG session and subsequent consultations, the structure, consistency and focus of the zero draft text are a step forward, reflecting a number of proposals and concerns raised. In this light, it is a solid basis for further constructive debate and dialogue.

We welcome the following positive aspects of the zero draft:
- Complementarity with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- Focus on prevention and legal liability across the value chain
- Focus on improving access to remedy with an emphasis on rights of the affected people

At the same time, we identify the need for improvements in the following areas:
- Primacy of human rights in trade and investment policies
- Protection of human rights defenders
- Enforcement mechanisms

Contact: Denise Auclair (auclair(at)cidse.org)


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