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28 Oct 2016

International Chamber of Commerce

Intl. Chamber of Commerce Oral Statement on Moving forward in the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

...[A]ny new top-down process of socializing new norms and behaviour across massive organizations, this will take time.  Reaching business practices in business relationships is another challenge, given the more severe deficits in awareness and resources to carry out such work.  Thus, it is critical that we find ways to support companies in this evolutionary change.  Governments must continue to devote considerable resources to help companies in identifying risks and tools to address them, as well as engaging collaboratively with other governments when particular human rights impacts result from acts and omissions of both government and corporate actors.  Civil society organizations are also encouraged to work with companies, as some successfully do, to identify and solve problems on the ground.  The choice of tactics and how communication is carried out can significantly determine company responses to allegations and willingness to partner with different organizations.  If we continue to work together, the change will happen much faster...