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Austrian civil society calls for mandatory human rights due diligence

Nowadays, Austrian corporations can get involved in human rights abuses with little or no consequences. This situation of impunity means that victims of corporate-related human rights abuses have little chance of claiming their rights or seeking compensation in courts for the harm suffered.

Austria is lagging behind when it comes to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). It is one of the few EU Members which has not published a National Action Plan. 15 EU countries have already NAPs in place, while there are ongoing processes to adopt plans in other five countries.

In order to put developments - or rather, the lack thereof - in an international perspective, the Austrian Network on social responsibility of corporations (NeSoVe) organised a conference in Vienna last 19 September...

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