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On the eve of the UN Forum on Business & Human Rights over one hundred civil society organisations and social movements have publicly joined the growing call for States to begin taking steps towards establishing a binding international treaty to deal with corporate human rights abuses.

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Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Corporate Accountability

ProDESC (Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales), and their partners, the Ejido La Platosa and the union of mineworkers Los Mineros, have achieved a significant victory with the recent recent decision by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to divest its entire holdings in Excellon Resources Inc.

On Thursday, May 23, several social movements in Brazil achieved an important victory when the judges of the Court of Justice unanimously absolved five leaders who were unjustly accused by Monstanto of instigating and designing alleged crimes in 2003.

Peoples' Forum on Human Rights & Business (Colombia; September 29-October 2, 2014)

In 2014 the Corporate Accountability Working Group (...

Increasingly states with large mining sectors - Australia and Canada among them - are promoting mineral extraction, and providing funding for mining company CSR projects, as a means of promoting positive development outcomes - while communities around the world face grave human rights abuses associated with such projects. 

 This collaborative effort of CAWG members critiques this shift in development strategy by donor states, in time for the largest mining investment meeting in world  - the Mining Indaba in Cape Town. The authors demand states abide by their extra-territorial obligations to regulate – not financial support – mining corporations, and calls for aid to preserved for genuine efforts to realize human rights and empower civil society groups on the ground to hold corporations accountable.

On December 6
th, 2012, following the UN Forum on Business & Human Rights, the International Commission of Justice (ICJ), Rights & Accountability in Development (RAID) and ESCR-Net jointly hosted a civil society strategy meeting on human rights and business.  Sixteen civil society organizations working on corporate accountability (fourteen from ESCR-Net’s membership) joined together to discuss their reflections on the UN Forum and to consider their plans for 2013.

On January 25, 2013, ESCR-Net sent an urgent appeal to the Government of India, the POSCO corporation and the Government of Korea to express serious converns about plans by the Indian authorities to proceed with the forced eviction in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha to facilitate the construction of the POSCO steel plant, as well as imminent threats against human rights defenders in the area who have mobilized to protect their lands.

Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Women & ESCR
Corporate Accountability
Social Movements & Grassroots Groups

The Corporate Accountability Working Group fully supports the advancement of the draft General Comment regarding Child Rights and the Business Sector and warmly welcomed the opportunity to provide input. The CAWG highlighted the following areas in our submission:

1. Child Rights Due Diligence in Regard to State Agencies

2. Child Rights Due Diligence for Business

3. Obligations of States As Members of International Organisations

4. Extraterritorial Obligations