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18 Jun 2021

FIDH - International Federation for Human Rights

FIDH launches virtual guide on recourse mechanisms to support victims of corporate human rights abuses


"FIDH Launches Website Guiding Victims Faced with Corporate Human Rights Abuses", 17 June 2021

With this guide, FIDH seeks to provide a practical tool for victims and their representatives, NGOs, and other civil society groups, including unions, social movements, and activists, to seek justice and obtain reparation for victims of human rights abuses involving multinational corporations.

The guide explores the different avenues available to victims, including judicial and non-judicial recourse mechanisms. It focuses primarily on violations committed by or with the involvement of transnational corporations, their subsidiaries, or their commercial partners in third countries where they operate.

The new guide is published against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving business and human rights field. In the decade following the adoption of United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – a major, yet insufficient, step towards greater accountability for corporate-related violations – several important developments have influenced the avenues through which affected individuals and their representatives can seek remedy for corporate-related harm. These include important rulings regarding the duty of care doctrine in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands or Alien Tort Statute cases in the United States, the development of new mandatory due diligence standards in the European Union, but also the growing number of climate litigation cases which often draw on human rights, illustrated by the successful climate case brought against Shell in the Netherlands last month. These developments are detailed in the guide, which also features a new section on climate litigation...

...The guide is comprised of five sections, each examining a different avenue for redress, including intergovernmental mechanisms, legal options, mediation mechanisms such as the OECD National Contact Points, complaint mechanisms established by financial institutions, and holding companies to account based on their voluntary commitments...

The full content of the guide can be accessed here.