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9 Dez 2015

Jérôme Chaplier, European Coalition for Corporate Justice, on EurActiv

Five ways COP21 can enhance corporate accountability

The Paris climate change talks…[a]lthough not ambitious enough to put us on the two-degree path…are still instrumental for a global shift in the right direction. Here are five corporate accountability action-areas states should include in their Paris climate change agenda…[A]ll UN special rapporteurs have unanimously called for human rights to be put “at the core of climate governance.”…COP21 is an opportunity to demand more transparency in corporate reporting…Businesses need to start publishing thorough information on their emissions…Companies need to better integrate environmental and human rights concerns into their internal decision-making process…The EU and national governments should act on behalf of their citizens and promote ambitious regulation, better emissions standards and efficient monitoring mechanisms…Corporate activity is the main driver of climate change…Coincidently, big businesses are also the strongest opponents of enhanced environmental regulation…The Paris talks could close the door on regressive lobby groups advocating against increased legislation and improved standards...[Refers to Volkswagen.]