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27 Oct 2016

FIAN, Franciscans International, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, La Plataforma Internacional Contra la Impunidad and the Society for International Development

Oral Statement on different approaches and criteria for the future definition of the scope of the international legally binding instrument

Furthermore, the cases presented in our submission clearly show the need to focus on TNCs as: - They drive most of the global economy and control many domestic businesses; - Their parent or controlling companies easily escape liability thanks to their complex structures and internal flexibility. - They operate in a different jurisdiction as those communities and individuals they affect and thus can easily escape any remedy for the affected communities - They involve a web of different actors and it is almost impossible to prove the interdependency between the national company and international, global business groups and networks. Therefore we demand that the scope is focused primarily on TNCs and other businesses enterprises, interpreted in a way that: cover all those business enterprises involved in transnational operations, linked to TNCs through cross cutting investments, participating in TNCs supply chain or having a contractual relationship with TNCs and other business enterprises...We call for an instrument that cover all human rights, building on the principles of interdependency, indivisibility and interrelation of human rights, by which one human right cannot be taken in consideration without all the others.