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    Joint CSOs letter to the Council of the EU. Time to address gaps in Business and Human Rights
    27 April, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice

    The Dutch EU Presidency has invited the Foreign Affairs Council to come forward with Conclusions on business and human rights, in particular on access to justice for human rights abuses related to business operations. ECCJ, together with Amnesty International, CIDSE, FIDH and Friends of the Earth Europe, have called on the Council to take this opportunity and tackle the significant gaps that remain at State and EU level in the protection of human rights from business-related abuses.
    In a joint letter to the Members States Representatives on the Council of the EU Working Party on Human (...)


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    Over 140’000 signatures for the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative
    18 April, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice

    Less than a year after its launch, the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative has gathered the required number of signatures.
    This significant step paves the way for the initiative to be taken up by the Swiss government and shows that a large number of Swiss citizens want multinational corporations to respect human rights and the environment abroad.
    In April 2015, 77 civil society organisations launched a popular initiative demanding greater responsibility for multinational corporations. The initiative came shortly after the Swiss Parliament rejected a motion to that effect. The (...)


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    Human rights policy in Swiss companies: an overview
    13 April, by Bread for all

    A new study examines how many Swiss corporations have a comprehensive and transparent human rights policy that also applies to its subsidiaries and suppliers. Published by Bread for All and Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund, the report "Human Rights policy in Swiss companies: an overview" presents a research carried out through a two-phases process combining quantitative and qualitative approaches and reaching up to over 200 Swiss corporations.
    The study mainly concludes that few corporations take the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) seriously and that, though good (...)


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    Cobalt blues: Environmental pollution and human rights violations in Congolese cobalt mines
    18 April, by SOMO Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations

    Research by SOMO reveals that serious human rights violations and environmental pollution are happening in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a result of cobalt mining, including water pollution and forced evictions.The report, called "Cobalt blues: Environmental pollution and human rights violations in Katanga’s copper and cobalt mines", shows that these problems are structural.
    Cobalt is used in rechargeable batteries for smart phones and laptops, and SOMO is calling on electronics companies to take responsibility for the way cobalt in their supply chain is mined. On Tuesday April (...)


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