Today, a major conference was held in Amsterdam to bolster the Business and Human Rights agenda of the European Union. The Dutch MVO Platform, the ECCJ, ENNHRI and The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs joined hands for the organisation. The conference is hosted at the official premises of the Dutch EU Presidency.
In 2011 the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Five years after this milestone feat, a lot of progress has been achieved by governments and companies. However, business-related human rights abuse is still a serious problem.
The EU has the potential to be an international game-changer when it comes to business and human rights. It also has a specific responsibility, because of the large numbers of European companies involved in global value chains. The hosts of the conference are jointly advocating for an ambitious follow-up to the European Commission’s 2011-2014 Communication on Corporate Social Responsibility. The new plan should be based on the multi-stakeholder approach and should lower barriers for access to remedy.
You can find the joint conclusions of the hosts here: