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1 Jun 2016

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Statement on South Korea visit - UN Working Group on business and human rights

Statement at the end of visit to the Republic of Korea by the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights

We observed genuine commitment amongst Government officials and business enterprises to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles. However, while some companies had a policy statement, it generally did not reflect a human rights due diligence approach...

During the visit a number of cases and allegations were drawn to our attention by civil society organizations, trade unions and victim groups. Several of these cases are well known to the South Korean public. The cases relate to issues such as abusive working conditions faced by workers who work for subcontractors; exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace; repression of union activity; and the outsourcing of operations with high human rights risks, including overseas...