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15 Jan 2015

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

US National Action Plan should include focus on companies' domestic impacts

"National Action Plan must address companies' human rights impacts in USA, not only abroad"

Human rights abuses involving companies occur at home as well as overseas...[We] urge the US Government to not restrict its NAP to companies’ overseas conduct...[We] profile over 100 major human rights lawsuits against companies around the world. Of these, 47 have been litigated in US courts...[Over] one-fourth [of these] are based on human rights impacts in the USA, such as racial and gender discrimination, environmental impacts on health and livelihoods, and abuses by private prison companies.  Some key examples [follow]... [refers to BP, Gilead Sciences, Walmart]