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Human rights groups welcome announcement, insist on strong actions

"U.S. to Create National Plan on Responsible Business Practices", 30 Sep 2014

The United States will begin developing a national action plan on responsible business practices, following on several years of related advocacy from civil society...[A]dvocacy groups are applauding the president’s announcement as preliminary but significant...Arvind Ganesan, the director of the business and human rights programme at Human Rights Watch...[said]: "[W]e’ll be looking to see whether this process results in any teeth – mechanisms to ensure that companies act responsibly everywhere.”...[T]here is a sense of caution around whether the United States will be able to put in place rules that require action from corporations.“We are thrilled to see the United States take on this important initiative,” Sara Blackwell, a legal and policy associate with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), said in a statement.Yet Blackwell notes that her office will continue to advocate for a U.S. action plan that goes beyond concerns merely around transparency and corruption...

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