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NGO Rejoinder

8 Nov 2017

Access Now; Center for Constitutional Rights; Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO); CORE; Corporate Accountability Lab; FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights); International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR); Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER)

Re: Resolution on the Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan

...The undersigned organizations represent national and international civil society organizations specializing in business and human rights. We write concerning the Resolution…request[ing] the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights…to produce a database of all business enterprises involved in…the Israeli settlements that may have negative human rights impacts. We urge the High Commissioner to promptly release the database…and update it annually going forward…The database increases transparency as to which business entities may be running afoul of their human rights responsibilities by engaging in business activities in or with settlements…Such transparency measures also benefit companies. The publication of the database will permit businesses operating in and/or with settlements to assess whether they are respecting human rights to prevent and minimize their legal and reputational risks. It will also assist in company efforts at mapping their supply chain and business relationships, or in conducting human rights due diligence processes…Finally, the publication of the database will provide consumers, investors, and broader civil society with the information to make informed choices about the impacts of their purchases, investments, and actions on human rights…