The IOE is extremely distressed to learn about the outrageous comments made by Rakesh Gupta, President of the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a recent press conference, which was brought to our attention by the United Nations. The IOE and the business community as a whole strongly condemn and will not tolerate any incitement to violence.
As the global voice of business, the IOE is committed to implementing the 2015 Bahrain Declaration, through which the global employer community endorses the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO MNE Declaration. Reports from a press conference in April 2017 cite Rakesh Gupta, President of the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, threatening to launch an "Identify and Kill” campaign targeting Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis living in Jammu, if the local government did not act to remove those persons from the territory within one month. He justified his statement by saying that the campaign was part of corporate social responsibility.
"We would like to make it clear that the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry is not a member of the IOE, however, as a leading business voice, we find its President's threats unacceptable and a flagrant abuse of the term "corporate social responsibility"", said Linda Kromjong, Secretary-General of the IOE.