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2 Sep 2015

Tom Mackall, Sodexo

Limiting the application of the treaty to certain corporate entities could leave victims without access to remedy

…[V]ictims of human rights abuses should have effective and prompt access to appropriate remedies and...a multi-lateral treaty may be one means of accomplishing that goal…I wish to focus on the proposed “breadth” of any treaty.  If the goal is to promote respect and enhance remedies for human rights globally, then any international legal framework must apply human rights standards to all business entities, not simply transnationals... [H]ost states must be equipped to cast their regulatory and legal nets more broadly and minimize the informal economy…This also means that “formal” domestic companies must have the duty to respect human rights and be subject to remedies for abuses, regardless of whether they conduct or support business across borders...A two-tiered system where one segment is required to respect human rights and another segment is not, will allow adverse market forces to persist and could leave potential victims without access to remedies…[Also refers to Sodexo]