Joint Civil Society Statement on the draft Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

January 18, 2011

Having considered the corporate liability and responsibility topics in various posts, it seems interesting to mention that a “Joint Civil Society Statement on the draft Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” was recently published (January 2011).

The document, overall, concludes that:

“The current draft of the Guiding Principles does not provide sufficient guidance to States and business to close the governance gaps identified by the SRSG as the root cause of the business and human rights predicament today. The draft Guiding Principles is not a statement of the law. In some areas the draft of the Guiding Principles takes a more regressive approach towards the human rights obligations of States and the responsibilities of non-state actors than authoritative interpretations of international human rights law and current practices. Some of the formulations in the current draft, as indicated below, also appear to be weaker than aspects of the Framework presented in the SRSG’s prior reports. In their current form, the draft Guiding Principles therefore risk undermining efforts to strengthen corporate responsibility and accountability for human rights”

The Joint Statement, in addition, suggests that to provide clear guidance to States and business and to become a useful tool to prevent and redress business-related abuses of human rights, the draft Guiding Principles should, at a minimum:

  1. Provide clear recommendations to States consistent with internationally recognized human rights standards.
  2. Specifically address the governance gaps created by globalization.
  3. Be clearer on the human rights responsibilities of business enterprises.
  4. Provide more robust guidance on protecting and respecting the rights of women, children, Indigenous peoples, and human rights defenders.
  5. Provide more explicit recognition and greater consideration of the human right to an effective remedy of individuals and communities who have suffered business related human rights abuses.
  6. Create Robust Follow-on Mechanisms at the UN

The Joint Civil Society Statement on the draft Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is available here.

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