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.



Key documents

Collective Advocacy

Collective advocacy by the Corporate Accountability Working Group and allies to encourage the development of a robust treaty on human rights and business includes: 

Materials for advocacy:

For more information, please contact Gabriela C. Martins, Communications Coordinator.. 



From the Third IGWG

Daily Updates

Video interviews with ESCR-Net members

Eugenia Uribe (Proyecto PODER - México) sobre el Tratado de Derechos Humanos y Empresas

Wesam Ahmed (Al-Haq) - Why we need a Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Wilmien Wicomb (Legal Resources Centre) - Why we need a Binding Treaty on Human Rights and Business?

Inna Michaeli (AWID) - Why we need a Treaty on Human Rights & Business and a feminist approach



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