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CEO activism and other positive business initiatives to protect civic freedoms

The main elements of a safe and enabling environment for civil society organizations (CSOs) and human rights defenders (HRDs) are the respect for basic freedoms, strong compliance with the rule of law, removal of all obstacles for registration and operation, end to all forms of impunity, and free access to remedy and redress mechanisms. All these are the same elements that are conducive for healthy environments in which to conduct business and investments. The fates of CSOs, HRDs, and companies are closely intertwined.

Human rights, labour rights and environmental defenders, journalists, lawyers, and anti-corruption campaigners are key agents of change, and they contribute greatly to safeguarding human rights and the rule of law. As such, both companies and defenders have a shared interest in the full respect of freedoms of expression, association and assembly, characterised by non-discrimination, transparent and accountable government, and freedom from corruption.

However, the operating context for CSOs and HRDs has become, and continues to become increasingly restrictive and dangerous in many countries. These countries include those in which companies operate and invest. More and more companies understand that they can have a powerful voice in the protection of civic freedoms, especially where abuses are taking place linked to their industry and/or operations. Below are some of these recent examples of emerging good practices and drivers of such actions.

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18 December 2018

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression says democratic countries need to support cos. in pushing back against authoritarian control

Author: DW Akademie (Germany)

"UN Rapporteur Kaye: We must support those who push back against authoritarian regimes", 13 Dec 2018...

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18 December 2018

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders' global survey highlights role of cos. in attacks in several countries

Author: Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders (Switzerland)

"World report on the situation of human rights defenders", 17 Dec 2017...

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14 December 2018
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Author: Gestión (Perú)

“Ministerio de Trabajo reconoció buenas prácticas laborales de 37 empresas” - 11 de diciembre de 2018...

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10 December 2018
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Author: Anglo American, adidas, Unilever, ABN-AMRO, Investor Alliance for Human Rights, Leber Jeweller, Domini, Primark

“Apoyando las libertades cívicas, las personas defensoras de los derechos humanos y el respeto por el estado de derecho” -10 de diciembre de 2018...

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7 December 2018
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Author: ComnicaRSE

“La sustentabilidad en Unilever luego de la salida de Paul Polman”- 05 de diciembre de 2018...

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27 November 2018
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Author: La Vanguardia

“Las empresas se unen al Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia contra la Mujer con diversos actos”- 23 de noviembre de 2018...

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13 November 2018

US businesses have vested interest in fighting rising global authoritarianism — foreign policy must reflect that

Author: Amy Lehr, Center for Strategic and International Studies, in The Hill (USA)

"Fighting for human rights makes both moral and business sense", 10 October 2018...

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9 November 2018
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Author: La Silla Vacía

“Amazon en Puerto Tejada”- 3 de noviembre de 2018...

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6 November 2018
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Author: ISA InterColombia

“Un relato de confianza arhuaca” – 1 noviembre de 2018...

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22 October 2018

A decision to make – and what really matters

Author: Joe Kaeser, Siemens

... The statement by the Attorney General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was widely criticized and rightfully so. There must be a reaction to the issue at hand. But what should the response of the CEO of a global company be? From my point of view, I...

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