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Campaign for a binding UN treaty

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15 May, 2024Heading into the 10th round of the treaty negotiations at the UN Human Rights Council in October 2024, the global unions and the ITUC are calling on all member states to engage in the process to secure a treaty that delivers for the millions of workers in global supply chains.

Together with the ITUC and other global unions, IndustriALL Global Union supports the ongoing development of a UN Binding Treaty to hold corporations accountable for human rights abuses.

In June 2014, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution establishing an open-ended intergovernmental working group (IGWG) with a mandate to elaborate on an international legally binding instrument (LBI) on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights. The global unions and the ITUC have been directly involved in IGWG negotiations since 2016.

A decade into this process, it is now time to escalate the joint efforts to close a significant loophole in international human rights law and bring an end to corporate impunity in cases of human rights abuses. The global unions, together with the ITUC, are launching a public campaign in support of the treaty process to secure an international legal instrument that delivers for the millions of workers in global supply chains.

“These negotiations are crucial,”

says IndustriALL assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan.

IndustriALL’s action plan adopted by the 2021 Congress vows to

“continue to fight for binding legal instruments to protect people from human rights abuses by MNCs, including support for a Binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights that is supported by effective remedy systems.”

As part of the global union campaign for a binding treaty, please join a virtual information session on 30 May from 13:00 a 17:00 CET, details below. Interpretation will be provided in English, French and Spanish.