Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business urge businesses to undertake continuous & heightened due diligence
"Update from MCRB", February 2022
A year after the coup, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business continues to do what it can to support businesses to operate responsibly in Myanmar. [...]
The PSC report incorporates many recommendations to companies on how to ensure their security arrangements respect human rights, including the first guidance in Myanmar on responsible use of closed-circuit TV (CCTV). [...] MCRB has compiled the analysis and commentary by business and NGOs on the January 2022 draft cybersecurity law, and will track this as closely as we can.
The lack of a rights-protecting legal framework for telecommunications, which we identified in our 2015 Sector-Wide Impact Assessment underlies Telenor’s decision to exit Myanmar. Each company that decides to leave does so based on its particular circumstances, which may be commercial, operational, legal, or as a consequence of stakeholder pressure. Those that opt to exit should do so responsibly: our co-founder, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) recently blogged on what that means. Responsible Disengagement was the subject of a recent webinar with the OECD and Eurocham.
Similarly, companies – whether Myanmar or foreign - that continue to operate should do so responsibly. They should undertake continuous, heightened due diligence, taking into account the conflict which affects all of Myanmar, including its urban areas. [...]