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Commentary: Trade union lawyers examine proposals for binding treaty on business & human rights

"A Binding Treaty?", 16 Feb 2017

...[T]he International Trade Union Confederation and the Global Union Federations have participated in the IGWG’s first two meetings and actively engaged in the process of developing a meaningful treaty on business and human rights (‘Binding Treaty’)...There are numerous possibilities for the form and content of a Binding Treaty...It is clear that global supply chains cannot and will not be sustainable unless they are based on the principles of Decent Work.  A Binding Treaty should therefore include all internationally recognised human rights...Binding Treaty should apply to TNCs and all other business enterprises...Human rights due diligence in global supply chains...Extraterritorial jurisdiction for human rights abuses...A strong and effective enforcement mechanism to accompany the Binding Treaty...While the first meetings of the IGWG were dedicated to exploring the possible content, scope and general character of the proposed instrument, the third session...will focus on the key elements and/or a draft text...Governments and the business community will also need to effectively participate in next year’s meeting and make meaningful and constructive contributions which would allow the IGWG to develop a Binding Treaty.