ICC Briefing: The United Nations Treaty Process on Business and Human Rights

These ICC Key Messages aim to set out the bases for ICC’s longstanding engagement on Business and Human Rights, and in particular on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) – and sets out specific challenges and opportunities on scaling up implementation of the UNGPs.

Governments are meeting at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland from 14-18 October 2019 for the fifth session of negotiations on the proposed mandatory treaty on business and human rights.

This document highlights ICC’s formal submission to the treaty drafting process,  which has been developed through a series of informal consultations with our network in recent weeks.

Our submission is analogous in substance to previous commentaries provided by ICC and other business groups in the context of earlier negotiating rounds.

Reflecting the views of our global membership, ICC remains unconvinced that a binding treaty can be effective in dealing with the complex nexus between business and human rights. Moreover, from a legal perspective, we note that a number of highly concerning provisions remain in the revised draft text that will be considered by UN member states during the meeting week.

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