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15 May 2024

IndustriALL Global Union

Global unions launch campaign to support UN binding treaty to deliver for workers in global supply chains

"Campaign for a binding UN treaty," 15 May 2024

Heading into the 10th round of the treaty negotiations at the UN Human Rights Council in October 2024, the global unions and the ITUC are calling on all member states to engage in the process to secure a treaty that delivers for the millions of workers in global supply chains.

Together with the ITUC and other global unions, IndustriALL Global Union supports the ongoing development of a UN Binding Treaty to hold corporations accountable for human rights abuses.

In June 2014, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution establishing an open-ended intergovernmental working group (IGWG) with a mandate to elaborate on an international legally binding instrument (LBI) on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights. The global unions and the ITUC have been directly involved in IGWG negotiations since 2016.

A decade into this process, it is now time to escalate the joint efforts to close a significant loophole in international human rights law and bring an end to corporate impunity in cases of human rights abuses. The global unions, together with the ITUC, are launching a public campaign in support of the treaty process to secure an international legal instrument that delivers for the millions of workers in global supply chains...