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Swiss Parliament adopts reporting-focused proposal

Note: This is an unofficial summary translation by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, the original article is available in German here.

The Swiss Responsible Business Initiative is set for public referendum alongside an indirect parlimentary (counter-)proposal. The Council of States on Tuesday approved its own concept that had [also] been put forward by the parliamentary conciliation committee...

The debates focused on the two different proposals of the two houses: That of the Council of States, which the National Council has now also accepted [on Monday], does not contain any new liability regulations....

...The organisers [of the Responsible Business Initiative] had [...] said they would withdraw their initiative if the [earlier, more stringent counter-proposal] version adopted by the National Council [in June 2018] were confirmed during the [final] council debates. Now that this is not the case, both the initiative and the [reporting-focused] counter-proposal [just] adopted by Parliament are headed for popular vote...

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