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ICC-IOE-BIAC-WBCSD: UN treaty on business and human rights, initial observations

In this statement, BIAC, ICC, IOE, and WBCSD present their observations on the first proposal for the UN treaty on business and human rights, ahead of the first session of the Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG).

Human rights are a high priority for the international business community. BIAC, ICC, IOE, and WBCSD, which collectively represent millions of companies around the world, and their members, have been engaged in this subject for many years. They endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and continue to be active in promoting and disseminating the UN Guiding Principles and related implementation guidance among their membership, and associated networks.
Against this background BIAC, ICC, IOE, and WBCSD and their members are committed to constructively engaging in the work of the Intergovernmental Working Group (IWG). Within this context, the organisations provide the following initial observations on the UN treaty process.