Global businesses – global responsibility
Forced relocations, inhumane working conditions, child labour - time and again, global businesses have violated human rights and damaged the environment. To counter this, the globalisation of the economy must be followed by a globalisation of responsibility.
Corporations are also responsible for human rights
Since 2011, there has been an international consensus that human rights are not the sole responsibility of nation states. Global corporations as well as their subsidiaries and suppliers must also respect and support human rights.
According to a study by Bread for all, until now, corporations in Switzerland have hardly implemented these principles if at all.
What Bread for all demands
Bread for all is committed to ensuring that companies act responsibly towards the population and environment, wherever they may operate in the world. The basis for this would be binding human rights due diligence.
- Global business – global responsibility
Businesses must comply with human rights and environmental regulations in every country in which they work. They must also demand that suppliers and other business partners adhere to these same high standards.
- Binding due diligence
As one of the signatories to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights of 2011, Switzerland is obligated to accept its responsibilities by introducing a binding human rights due diligence for businesses. Companies can only prevent harm if they are aware of how their activities are impacting people and the environment in which they operate.
- Justice for affected parties
Communities that have had their fundamental rights violated by the activities of global corporations must have an opportunity to bring legal action against them and have access to remedy.