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NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights issues recommendations for US National Action Plan

In initiating the National Action Plan, it will be important to focus not only on U.S. efforts to combat corruption, but on a broader sustainability agenda. A recent white paper published by the World Economic Forum defines business sustainability “in terms of the environment, economic development, human rights, women’s empowerment, and rule of law.” The U.S. National Action Plan should address business sustainability in each of these areas...we would suggest that the National Action Plan’s review should include examination of the following themes and questions, among others: 1. Compliance with government reporting requirements [on electronics and mining, information & communications technology, business & human rights in Myanmar, state-based reporting requirements and trafficking on persons], 2. Strengthening multi-stakeholder initiatives in which the United States government participates...3. Strengthening export controls to include a stronger human rights review process...4. Compliance with Executive Orders and Congressionally imposed restrictions on visas or asset freezes for foreign business leaders accused of gross human rights violators...5. USAID assistance in support of industry human rights initiatives abroad...6. The role of industry associations in advancing respect for human rights by U.S.companies...

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