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Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable welcomes announcement

"US Government Announces Development of National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct", 25 Sep 2014

The United States government has publicly announced that it will develop a National Action Plan (NAP) on responsible business conduct. President Barack Obama made the announcement during in his remarks yesterday afternoon at the Open Government Partnership meeting in New York. The White House has also released a fact sheet on commitments coming out of that meeting, including the NAP...This announcement comes in the wake of active advocacy by civil society groups and other stakeholders for a U.S. NAP on business and human rights to address the fact that human rights harms continue to take place domestically and throughout the world, many of which are connected to corporations that are headquartered in the United States or that conduct substantial business in the US...Amol Mehra, ICAR’s Director...said: “As the United States is home to major corporations doing business here and abroad, we need to see a credible, rights-oriented plan from our government on how it will implement and move towards action the various commitments it has made in national and international fora. The National Action Plan is a step in this direction.”

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