Rights and accountability – the way ahead for business and human rights

On 21 and 22 November 2011, ECCHR ran a conference in Berlin together with German Watch, MISEREOR, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, the Forum for Human Rights and the Network for Corporate Accountability. The event, titled Rights and accountability – the way ahead for business and human rights, was attended by representatives from the political sphere, NGOs from the global north and south, corporations, trade unions and academia. Participants came from around 15 different countries. They discussed the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which were adopted through the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011.

The conference aimed to develop recommendations for action for the German Federal Government regarding the realization of the state duty to protect against corporate human rights abuses. To ensure that the victim's experience remained central, particular attention was paid to access to legal remedy and reparation for those affected by transnational corporate wrongdoing. The newly released conference documentation draws together the main conclusions of this expert meeting. Coupled with recent developments in Europe and internationally, the discussion generated by the conference has reinvigorated national debate.

An English version of the documentation will be released in January 2012.

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