26.06.2014
Consensus on Business and Human Rights is broken with the Adoption of the Ecuador Initiative

The International Organisation of Employers deeply regrets that the adoption of the Ecuador initiative has broken the unanimous consensus on business and human rights achieved three years ago with the endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

 

Today’s vote at the UN Human Rights Council is a genuine setback to the efforts underway to improve the human rights situation and access to remedy on the ground. Instead of promoting the continuous rapid uptake of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Human Rights Council has decided to return to approaches which have failed in the past and which are diametrically opposed to the goal of quickly advancing the implementation of these Guiding Principles.

 

The IOE and its 150 members around the globe are nevertheless firmly committed to continue their close collaboration with States, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and all other stakeholders to strengthen the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on the ground.

 
 
 
 
 
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