Italian G7 Presidency: Civil society urges govts. to promote responsible business conduct

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18 May 2017

OECD Watch issues recommendations to G7 on sustainable global supply chains & strengthening access to remedy

Author: OECD Watch

"Calling for a Renewed Commitment toward Responsible Business Conduct", 18 May 2017

Ahead of the 2017 G7 Summit to be held from 26-27 May in Taormina, Italy, OECD Watch urges G7 leaders to build on prior commitments to promote responsible business conduct... The Italian government has positively identified sustainable development as a priority for the Italian G7 presidency. Responsible business conduct is requisite for any meaningful progress toward this priority and sustainability is only possible when strong accountability systems are in place to provide remediation when negative impacts occur. The G7 must use the 2017 summit to refocus attention and elaborate on how they will fulfil their commitments towards ensuring responsible supply chains, better applying internationally-recognized labour, social, environmental, and anti-corruption standards, while promoting accountability and access to remedy...

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21 April 2017

Civil society policy recommendations to G7 highlight importance of intl. human rights standards

Author: Civil 7

"Civil Society Priority Policy Points"

There are signs showing that the economic system is not working well. Its impacts on people: inequalities in and among countries are growing and evident. Its effects on the planet is also fully apparent. Both of these point to the insufficiency of the existing policies. Addressing these inequalities, as a means of contributing to poverty reduction and to build a peaceful global community, while also preserving our planet [...] calls for bold and urgent action...

[C]ivil society organisations recommend that:

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a roadmap for achieving a more equal world...

The world faced a financial crisis in 2008 and prevention of the next crisis requires G7 leadership and agreement on solutions. Additionally, it’s important to recognize the impact of tax evasion and corruption, on the developing world, as well as their dependence on loans...

[A] rights-based approach [to migration] is adopted, as the necessary condition under which human mobility can become an opportunity for human and economic growth...

G7 leaders commit to the principle of responsibility-sharing [...] in line with international human rights standards and foster opportunities for economic growth, social cohesion, protection and stability for all people on the move...

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