Human Rights Watch calls for legally binding rules for business
Delegates at the 2016 International Labour Conference should initiate a process to develop a binding, international convention to protect human rights in global supply chains, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in a new report. The organisation says that many businesses’ insufficient human rights due diligence has allowed abuses to proliferate. “Voluntary standards on human rights and business are not enough,” said Juliane Kippenberg, associate children’s rights director at HRW. “Some companies embrace them, but others don’t care and ignore their human rights responsibilities.” HRW said initiatives such as the Dodd Franck Act in the United States or Britain’s Modern Slavery Act, which require companies to disclose information about their supply chains, have improved supply chain transparency.