Business and Human Rights at the 2016 G7 Summit at Ise-shima, Japan

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At their 2015 Summit in Scloss Elmau, Germany, the leaders of the G7 committed themselves to “better application of internationally recognised labour, social and environmental standards, principles and commitments in global supply chains”. Civil society is now calling for the government of Japan, which will host the G7 Summit in Ise-shima in May 2016, to ensure that this commitment is renewed in 2016, and that there be an in-depth examination of steps G7 states have taken in ensuring that human rights are respected throughout the international supply chain.   

Civil society is also calling on the Japanese government to commence the process of preparing a National Action Plan, to include consultations with a broad range of stakeholders. Amongst G7 countries, only Japan and Canada have not adopted, or even started the process of creating, a National Action Plan on Human Rights. These issues are particularly salient as Japan prepares to host the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.   

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1 February 2016

Japan: NGOs call for human rights commitments at Ise-shima G7 summit

Author: Network for a Japanese National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

Globalisation has resulted in grave human rights violations and environmental destruction throughout international supply chains. Violations such as child labour, forced labour, land grab, environmental damage, and poor working conditions occur in plantations, resource extraction mines, factories, and waste disposal sites. Now more than ever, the world expects the private sector to minimise the negative impacts business activities have on the environment, society, and economy, and to bring about long term positive impacts. ... The G7 Ise-Shima Summit is a unique opportunity for Japan, the chair country, to show its leadership. The global public will be focusing on the messages sent from Japan. The Government of Japan should take proactive engagement and actions.

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Author: ビジネスと人権に関する国別行動計画(NAP)策定を進める会

… グローバル化のなかで、国境を越えて伸長してきたバリュ―・チェーンの先に連なる農園や資源採掘の現場、工場、廃棄の現場などでは、児童労働による子どもの権利の侵害、強制労働、土地収奪、環境汚染、劣悪な安全衛生などさまざまな人権侵害や環境破壊が引き起こされています。企業にはその事業活動が及ぼす環境、社会、経済への悪影響を最小にし、長期的にプラスの影響を及ぼすことがこれまで以上に求められています。…G7 伊勢・志摩サミットは、世界が日本の発信・対応に注目し、日本の議長国としてのリーダーシップを世界に示すまたとない機会となります。日本政府として積極的な対応をすべきと考えます。


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