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Over 100 civil society organisations demand human rights and environmental due diligence legislation

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Over 100 organisations and networks have joined today civil society call for the European Commission to develop corporate accountability legislation requiring companies to respect human rights and the environment in their global value chains and operations.

Civil society organisations and networks from Europe and other regions stress their demands for binding rules on corporate respect for human rights and the environment as, today, the Finnish Presidency holds its "Conference on Business and Human Rights: towards a common agenda for action". Representatives of the EU institutions, Member States, civil society and companies will discuss how the European Union can effectively implement business respect for human rights.

The civil society statement makes it clear that current EU policy and legislation fails to adequately address the pressing challenges linked to human rights and environmental impacts of corporate global operations. The absence of cross-sectoral rules in the EU requiring companies to identify and address those impacts prevents companies from being held legally accountable when they neglect their responsibilities. Moreover, it makes it impossible for victims of corporate malpractice to seek remedy in courts.

The reliance on a voluntary approach to promote business respect for human rights and the environment has proven insufficient and does not prevent violations of human rights and environmental damages.

The new European Commission should thus take swift action and present a legislative proposal that establishes a mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence framework for business and that provides access to remedy for victims of corporate abuse.

Download the Full statement here.

Signatory Organisations and Networks:

11.11.11, Belgium

Action Aid International

ActionAid France

African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA)

Aitec

Amis de la Terre / Friends of the Earth France

Amnesty International

Anti-Slavery International

Attac France

Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (AKA)

Banana Link

Bangladesh Center for Workers’ Solidarity (BCWS)

Bangladesh Revolutionary Garment Workers Federation (BRGWF)

Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers' Federation (BGIWF)

Bischöfliches Hilfswerk MISEREOR

Both ENDS

Bread for All

Brot für die Welt

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

CCFD-Terre Solidaire

Citizen Power Initiatives for China

CIDSE

Clean Clothes Campaign

Client Earth

Collectif Ethique sur l’étiquette

Comité Pauvreté et Politique 

Comité pour l'abolition des dettes illégitimes (CADTM)

Commerce Équitable France

Corporate Accountability Network Germany (CorA)

CORE

Diakonia

DKA Austria 

Ecologistas en Acción

Entraide et Fraternité (Belgium)

European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)

European Environmental Bureau

European Federation of Building & Woodworkers (EFBWW)

European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT)

European Public Service Union (EPSU)

European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE)

European Trade Union Confederation

European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF)

Fair Trade Advocacy Office

FairFin

Fairtrade Finland 

Fairtrade Germany

Fairtrade International 

FERN

Forest Peoples Programme

France Amérique Latine (FAL) 

Frank Bold

Freedom Fund

Freedom United

Friends of the Earth Europe 

Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND)

Friends of the Earth Sweden 

Front Line Defenders

Germanwatch

GLAN | Global Legal Action Network

Global Aktion

Global Witness

Human Rights International Corner (HRIC)

industriAll

INKOTA-netzwerk

International Dalit Solidarity Network

International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN)

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

La campaña No a los Tratados de Comercio e Inversión

Latinamerikagrupperna 

Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH)

MANI TESE

Max Havelaar France

Max Havelaar Netherlands

National Garments Workers Federation (NGWF)

NaZemi

NeSoVe - Netzwerk Soziale Verantwortung

Notre affaire à tous

Observatorio RSC

Oxfam

PMU

Policies for Equitable Access to Health (PEAH)

Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business (PIHRB)

PowerShift

Rainforest Alliance

ReAct

Réseau des Organisations de la Société Civile pour le Developpement du Tonkpi (ROSCIDET)

Rethinking Value Chains collective

Rights and Accountability Network (RAID)

Robin Wood

ShareAction

Sherpa

Stop the traffik

Südwind

SÜDWIND e.V., Germany

Terre des Hommes France

The Hunger Project - Germany

Traidcraft Exchange

Trócaire

UNIEuropa

Union Sindical Obrera (USO)

UNISON

VOICE Network

Weltladen-Dachverband e.V

Women´s International League for Peace and Freedom Netherlands

World Economy, Ecology & Development e.V.  (WEED)

World Fair Trade Organization - Europe (WFTO-Europe)

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

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