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Business & human rights movement needs to unite over approach to binding treaty, says Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable

“The Caravan toward Business Respect for Human Rights”, 11 Feb 2015

…[W]ith the creation of [a] Intergovernmental Working Group [on a binding treaty], the movement for business and human rights seemed to be at a split in the road…So where does this leave us? Shall the dominant narrative be that we stand at a split in the road with the treaty process to our left and reforms in state practice on the right? Or shall we overcome potential divisiveness and see the journey as one long road towards greater protection of human rights? Viewing it as such means that we can be ready for a discussion on international legal principles while we continue to build domestic and company level progress. This must be our way forward. By rejecting an either/or narrative, efforts to extend human rights protection in business activities can continue to expand and evolve at all levels. The caravan toward business respect for human rights simply gets longer...