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10 Jan 2017

16 NGOs & investor groups incl. Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), EarthRights Intl., FIDH, Global Witness, Greenpeace USA

NGO letter to US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations re nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

We...write to express our strong concerns and reservations about the candidacy of Mr. Rex Tillerson as the United States Secretary of State. We urge you to use the confirmation hearings to elicit a response from Mr. Tillerson on how, if confirmed, he will uphold America’s international obligations and commitments to the rule of law, respect for human rights and workers’ rights, and protection of the environment. The U.S. government has a longstanding commitment to promoting human rights, including through...endorsing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights... In the past decade, Mr. Tillerson served as the Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil, a company with a dangerous track record on human rights and the environment...

The Department of State plays an important role in promoting labor rights and enhancing economic security and working conditions for workers abroad. Will Mr. Tillerson continue to support and strengthen international labor standards and fundamental principles and rights at work? Through which steps?

Will Mr. Tillerson support and expand upon the National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct developed under the Obama Administration?

Part of the following timelines

USA: Human rights & environmental NGOs raise concerns over nomination of ExxonMobil CEO as Secretary of State

USA: President-elect Trump's appointees reviewed by Senate amid questions over records & policies on business & human rights