Intergovernmental working group sessions

The Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (intergovernmental working group or IGWG) was mandated "to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights."

Fifth session (14-18 Oct 2019)

Compilation of items, daily updates, recordings of UN Web TV & more on the session here

See the Draft report of 5th session here

See the revised Draft here

 Fourth session (15-19 Oct 2018)

Report available here

Compilation of items, recordings of UN Web TV & many more information here.

 Third session (23-27 Oct 2017)

Our live twitter feed & compilation of items relating to the third session of the intergovernmental working group are available here.

Second session (24-28 Oct 2016)

Our live twitter feed & compilation of items relating to the second session of the intergovernmental working group are here.

 See the report of the second session here.

 

General information

More information on the working group and its second session can be found here.

- Provisional agenda

- Programme of work

- Concept note

Engagement note for NGOs

Side events

Live webcast of the session on UN Web TV.

 

Oral Statements and Presentations

Panel I - Overview of the social, economic and environmental impacts related to transnational corporations and human rights, and their legal challenges.

Oral Statement, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, 24 Oct 2016

- Oral Statement, CIDSE (International family of Catholic social justice organisations), FIDH (International Federation for Human rights), FoEE (Friends of the Earth Europe), IBFAN-GIFA (International Baby-Food Action Network) & SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations), 24 Oct 2016

Intervention, ESCR-Net, 24 Oct 2016

Oral Statement, Franciscans International, 24 Oct 2016

- Intervention, International Organisation of Employers, 24 Oct 2016

 

Panel II subtheme 1 - Implementing international human rights obligations: Examples of national legislation and international instruments applicable to TNCs and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

Oral Statement, Al-Haq, 25 Oct 2016

Oral Statement, International Chamber of Commerce, 25 Oct 2016

Oral Statement, International Organisation of Employers, 25 Oct 2016

- Oral Statement, International Commission of Jurists, 25 Oct 2016

Transitional Justice Architecture and Corporate Accountability, Daniel Marín López, Dejusticia, 25 Oct 2016

Oral Statement, WILPF, 25 Oct 2016

 

Panel II subtheme 2 - Jurisprudential and practical approaches to elements of extraterritoriality and national sovereignty

- Oral Statement, International Commission of Jurists, 25 Oct 2016

Oral Statement, International Organisation of Employers, 25 Oct 2016

Oral Statement, International Chamber of Commerce, 26 Oct 2016

 

Panel III subtheme 1 - Examples of international instruments addressing obligations and responsibilities of private actors

Oral Statement, ESCR-Net, 26 Oct 2016

- Oral Statement, Friends of the Earth, 26 Oct 2016

- Oral Statement, International Baby Food Action Network & Geneva Infant Feeding Association, 26 Oct 2016

Oral Statement, International Organisation of Employer, 26 Oct 2016

- Oral Statement, IISD, 26 Oct 2016

 

Panel III subtheme 2 - Jurisprudential and other approaches to clarify standards of civil, administrative and criminal liability of TNCs and other business enterprises

Oral Statement, Franciscans International, FIAN International, CCFD-Terre Solidaire and Society for International Development, Plataforma Internacional Contra la Impunidad, 26 Oct 2016

Joint Oral Statement, International Federation of Human Rights & the International Commission of Jurists, 26 Oct 2016

 

Panel IV: Open debate on different approaches and criteria for the future definition of the scope of the international legally binding instrument 

- Oral Statement, AL­HAQ, BFTW, CIDSE, FIDH, IBFAN­GIFA, ICJ & SOMO, 27 Oct 2016

- Oral Statement, ESCR-Net, 27 Oct 2016

- Oral Statement,  FIAN, Franciscans International, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, La Plataforma Internacional Contra la Impunidad and the Society for International Development, 27 Oct 2016

- Oral Statement, Indian Law Resource Center, 27 Oct 2016

- Oral Statement, International Organisation of Employers, 27 Oct 2016

- Oral Statement, Iuventum, 27 Oct 2016

 

Panel V: The relation between the UNGPs and the elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on TCNs and other business enterprises

Oral statement, European Union, 27 Oct 2016

Oral statement, FIDH & ICJ, 27 Oct 2016

All the Oral Statements and Presentations are available on OHCHR website here.

 

Panel V, Subtheme 1 – Moving forward in the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

- Oral statement, European Union, 27 Oct 2016

Oral statement, International Chamber of Commerce, 27 Oct 2016

 

Panel V, Subtheme 2 – The relation between the United Nations Guiding Principles and the elaboration of an international legally binding Instrument on TNCs and other business enterprises

Oral statement, International Chamber of Commerce, 27 Oct 2016

 

Panel VI - Lessons learned and challenges to access to remedy (selected cases from different sectors and regions

- Oral Statement, CETIM & Legal Resources Centre, 28 Oct 2016  

Oral Statement, FIAN International, Franciscans International, CCFD-Terre Solidaire and Society for International Development, 28 Oct 2016

Oral Statement, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 28 Oct 2016

Oral Statement, ESCR-Net, 28 Oct 2016

- Oral Statement, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, 28 Oct 2016 

 

Submissions to Intergovt. Working Group

Brazilian CSOs written contribution
Institute for Policy Studies/Transnational Institute, Oct 2016

Building a UN treaty on human rights and TNCs. A way forward to stop corporate impunity.
The Global Campaign to reclaim peoples sovereignty, dismantle corporate power and stop impunity, Oct 2016

Corporate Accountability International submission to the second session of the United Nations’ Openended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights
Corporate Accountability International, Oct 2016

Corporate Accountability Working Group (CAWG) of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) submission to the IGWG
CAWG, Oct 2016

Proposals for Elements of a Legally Binding Instrument on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises
International Commission of Jurists, Oct 2016

Asia-Pacific Civil Society’s Demands for the Legally Binding Treaty on Human Rights & Business
Asia-Pacific CSO Unity Statement, Sep 2016

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre contribution to open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Sep 2016

Contribution to the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights
CIDSE (International family of Catholic social justice organisations), Friends of the Earth Europe, Brot für die Welt (Social Service Agency of the Protestant Church in Germany), SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations), IBFAN-GIFA (Geneva Infant Feeding Association), Sep 2016

FIDH Submission to the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with respect to Human Rights
FIDH, Sep 2016

- For a business and human rights treaty based on progressive national implementation of the UNGPs and modelled after the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
Claire Methven O’Brien, Sep 2016

ILO submission for the 2nd session of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with respect to human rights
International Labour Organisation, Sep 2016

Sixth Submission by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable to the Open-­‐Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights
International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, Sep 2016

Statement of the Treaty Alliance on the 2nd session of the IGWG
Treaty Alliance, Sep 2016

UN Treaty Process on Business and Human Rights: Further considerations by the international business community on a way forward
International Organisation of Employers, International Chamber of Commerce, Business and Industry Advisory Committee & World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Sep 2016

Written contribution by Greece
Hellenic Republic Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism Directorate of EU Affairs and International Relations Department of Relations with International Organizations, Sep 2016

Written contributions by The Global Campaign on theme 1 - Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and human rights obligations
Europe-Third World Centre (CETIM) & Friends of the Earth International, Sep 2016

Written Submission by FIAN International, Franciscans International, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, the Colombian Commission of Jurists, La Plataforma Internacional Contra la Impunidad and Society for International Development
FIAN International, Franciscans International, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, the Colombian Commission of Jurists, La Plataforma Internacional Contra la Impunidad & Society for International Development, Sep 2016

Reflections on the proposal on the binding treaty on business and human rights
Jernej Letnar Černič, Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Aug 2016

Draft contribution in view of the second session of the IGWG TNCs 
Council of the European Union, 10 Aug 2016

- Cuba: Respuesta a la solicitud de información con vista a la sesión del Grupo de Trabajo sobre empresas y derechos humanos 
Misión Permanente de la República de Cuba ante la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas en Ginebra y los Organismos Internacionales con sede en Suiza, Jul 2016

All the submissions are available on OHCHR website here.

 

First session (6-10 Jul 2015)

See the report of the first session here

Our compilation of items relating to the first session of the intergovernmental working group are here

 

General information

More information on the working group and its first session here.

- Report of the first session

- Agenda

- Programme of work

- List of panellists

- Concept note proposed under the responsibility of the designated Chair, Ambassador María Fernanda Espinosa, Permanent Republic of Ecuador to the United Nations in Geneva

- Side events

Live webcast of the session on UN Web TV.  Audio recording of the session to be available here.

Oral statements by NGOs

Below you can find a compilation of some oral interventions made by different NGOs during the first meeting of the UN Intergovt. Working Group:

- FIDH oral statement on Panel VII: Corporate Liability
FIDH, 9 Jul 2015

FIDH oral statement on Panel VI: Responsibility of TNCs and other businesses
FIDH, 9 Jul 2015

FIDH oral statement on Panel V: States' duty to Protect
FIDH, 9 Jul 2015

FIDH oral statement on Panel III: Scope: TNCs and other business entreprises
FIDH, 9 Jul 2015

- SOMO, CIDSE, Brot für die Welt, IBFAN, IBFAN-GIFA and Global Policy Forum oral statement on Scope of the Treaty
SOMO, CIDSE, Brot für die Welt, IBFAN, IBFAN-GIFA & Global Policy Forum, 7 Jul 2015

IBFAN, PANAP, FoEE, SOMO and GPF Oral Statement 1st session of IGWG on TNCs and human rights
IBFAN, Pesticide Action Network Asia and Pacific, Friends of the Earth, SOMO & Global Policy Forum, 6 Jul 2015

Submissions to Intergovt. Working Group

Below you can find a compilation of some submissions made by different stakeholders to the UN Intergovt. Working Group:

Submissions on the scope and content of the proposed Treaty on Trans-National Corporations & addendum
Legal Resources Centre, 3 Jul 2015

- ICC [Intl. Coordinating Committee of Natl. Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights] Statement to the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights
International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC), Jul 2015

- Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable's set of 5 submissions to intergovt. working group on proposed treaty
International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), 30 Jun 2015

- Joint written statement submitted by International Federation for Human Rights Leagues, Tides Center Project International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
International Federation for Human Rights Leagues, Tides Center Project International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net), 24 Jun 2015

Written statement submitted by Center for International Environmental Law
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) , 24 Jun 2015

- Written statement submitted by International Federation for Human Rights Leagues
International Federation for Human Rights Leagues, 24 Jun 2015

- Written statement submitted by International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development
Forum on Indonesian Development, 24 Jun 2015

- Written statement submitted by International Service for Human Rights
International Service for Human Rights, 24 Jun 2015

- Written statement submitted by Law Society of England and Wales
Law Society of England and Wales, 24 Jun 2015

- Written statement submitted by Make Mothers Matter
Make Mothers Matter, 24 Jun 2015

Centre for Applied Legal Studies submission to the IGWG
Centre for Applied Legal Studies, 23 Jun 2015

- Submission of Franciscans International to the first session of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights
Franciscans International, 22 Jun 2015

- Contribution to the IGWG for their first session, July 6-10, 2015. Contributions to the legal building blocks of the Treaty regarding the scope, the state duty to protect and direct obligations for corporations
Bread for the World, CIDSE, Friends of the Earth Europe, Geneva Infant Feeding Association, Global Policy Forum, International Baby Food Action Network & SOMO, Jun 2015

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre contribution to open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, 22 Jun 2015

Submission to the United Nations open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights
Institute for Human Rights and Business, Jun 2015

White Paper: Options for a Treaty on Business and Human Rights
Prof. Douglass Cassel, Notre Dame Law School & Prof. Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington School of Law, May 2015

All the submissions are available on OHCHR website here.

Written submissions received in response to the call for comments and proposals on the draft elements document

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