[PDF] Comments on discussion papers and sector guidance to be elaborated by the Institute for Human Rights and Business and Shift

Author: Robert Grabosch, attorney [Germany], Published on: 30 June 2012

Regarding the guidance [on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights under the UN Guiding Principles] currently being elaborated by the IHRB [Institute for Human Rights and Business] and Shift [for the European Commission,] for the sectors Oil & Gas, ICT [information & communication technologies], and Employment & Recruitment, l respectfully [suggest]...
I. To explore the prospects of integrating human rights conditions into contracts...
II. To explore how business enterprises can take action against unlawful competition...[C]ompetition is no excuse for contributing to human rights violations. And yet...competition still impedes all good intentions of implementing human rights due diligence...
III. To identify "all applicable laws" (Guiding Principle 23)...[A]ccording to European regulations, [European companies'] activity is judged based on their home state's ''rules of safety and conduct"...

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