Human Rights and Business Treaty
ESCR-Net members and allies are working collectively to advocate for a strong treaty at the United Nations to prevent and remedy human rights violations by transnational corporations and other companies. This page provides key documents and examples of collective advocacy towards the development of a binding instrument.
Around the world, ESCR-Net members and others are confronting widespread and systemic corporate human rights abuses. This trend is intensified by lack of effective regulation in both the home and host States of corporations and a failure to ensure effective access to remedy and accountability.
For more than a decade, ESCR-Net members have been taking collective action to advance the development of a clear and comprehensive international human rights framework on corporate accountability, including an international binding treaty on human rights and business.
SEE BELOW for videos from the Fifth IGWG meeting
SEE HERE for ESCR-Net's collective position on the treaty
A core group of CAWG members have developed advocacy positions on the Zero Draft of the Treaty for the consideration of the IGWG in relation to:
Adopting stronger safeguards against corporate capture (undue corporate influence),
Integrating protections for human rights defenders
Addressing (more fully) the rights of indigenous peoples
Incorporating a feminist and gender responsive lens
Including stronger protections against corporate human rights abuse in conflict-affected areas
We also include a short article analyzing the Draft Optional Protocol to the Treaty, written by ESCR-Net members, the Due Process of Law Foundation and Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales.
- IGWG’s Zero Draft of the Treaty (2018)
- IGWG’s draft elements for the treaty
- CAWG’s ‘Take action towards a strong treaty’ updated advocacy factsheet (2017)
- CAWG’s collective submission to the IGWG (2017)
- CAWG’s advocacy position on gender and the treaty (2017)
- CAWG’s advocacy position on corporate capture and the treaty (2017)
- CAWG’s advocacy position on human rights defenders and the treaty (2017)
- CAWG’s collective submission to the IGWG (2016)
- ESCR-Net and FIDH’s 10 Key Proposalson the proposed treaty (2016)
- Resolution 26/9 of the Human Rights Council (2014)
- CAWG’s publication on States’ extraterritorial obligations – “Global Economy, Global Rights – A Practitioners’ Guide for interpreting human rights obligations in the global economy” (2014)
From the 5th IGWG / Desde la Quinta IGWG
Interventions by ESCR-Net members during negotiations of Draft Treaty // Intervenciones de los miembros de la Red-DESC durante negociaciones del Borrador de Tratado
ESCR-Net members react to negotiations on the Draft Treaty - October 2019 // Miembros de la Red-DESC Reaccionan a las Negociaciones sobre Borrador de Tratado - octubre 2019
SIDE EVENTS FROM THE 4th IGWG // EVENTOS PARALELOS DEL 4rto IGWG (2018):
MAKING THE BINDING TREATY WORK FOR WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS
CORPORATE CAPTURE IN THE BINDING TREATY: how this Treaty can effectively address corporate capture, and how we can protect the Treaty process from being captured
PROTECTING DEFENDERS: how the Treaty should consider human rights defenders in the fight for corporate accountability
Hacia un tratado vinculante sobre ETNs y derechos humanos: miradas desde América Latina
Coalitions and Regional Advocacy
Co-founded by ESCR-Net to help coordinate actions
and communications across diverse allies in the treaty process.
An alliance of feminist organizations, co-founded by several
ESCR-Net members and supported by CAWG