FTA Calls for Focus on UN Guiding Principles

03-11-2017

FTA believes in the benefits of focussing on the principles of monitoring, empowering and engaging as the recipe that will bring long-term sustainable impact and make positive contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Recently, FTA signed a joint-statement that reiterates the need for the international community to focus its efforts on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Attempts to codify the UN Guiding Principles by introducing binding language at supranational level are counter-productive and risk to destabilise well-established instruments and effective efforts by the international community.

Together with the International Organisation of Employers (OIE), the Business and Industry Advisory Committee at OCED (BIAC) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), FTA warned that the creation of complex administrative structures and unrealistic objectives would prove to be counter-productive and undermine the benefit of the efforts engaged so far.

FTA’s Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) supports companies to drive social compliance and improvements within the factories and farms in their global supply chains. It also provides businesses with practical guidance to embed the Guiding Principles into business operations. The association’s membership base of over 2000 companies including retailers, brands, and importers are committed to respect, promote and implement the BSCI Code of Conduct, leading to improved supply chain management.

Background

The Human Rights Council adopted on 26 June 2014 a resolution to prepare the discussion about negotiations on a draft legally binding instrument. This resolution was put forward by the Governments of Ecuador and South Africa, supported by other states such as Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela. FTA was present at this discussion during the third IGWG session in Geneva held from 23 to 27 October 2017. 

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