Context & Introduction to Business & Human Rights in the Pacific
We must shine a light on ongoing business-related human rights abuses in the Pacific, and promote a culture of greater respect for human rights amongst businesses operating in the region.
- Surya Deva, City University of Hong Kong
Visibility of the human rights impacts of business in the Pacific is low. With new investments growing in the region, Pacific communities face increasing challenges for fair and informed engagement with global companies, and run the risk of abuse. This is particularly true for those on the frontline of deforestation, irresponsible mining, fishing, tourism and seabed exploitation. Human rights harms are being documented in an increasing number of reports, including by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.
There is an urgent need to raise awareness of the human rights responsibilities of companies operating in the region, and to expose business-related abuses being committed against communities and workers. Stability in the Pacific region requires urgent action to ensure human rights are embedded in investments. Without regard to international rules requiring respect for human rights in business, the sustainability of life in the Pacific for future generations is under threat.
Greater focus on the Pacific region is required to bring to light the true scale of human rights abuse.
With this new portal, we bring the broad range of local business and human rights challenges and opportunities into sharper focus, and amplify local and community voices from the Pacific.
Distances may be great, but Pacific voices deserve to be heard on global platforms. In this way, communities can be supported in their efforts to achieve stable, sustainable growth that will protect the futures of those that follow.
- Amy Sinclair, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre