Corporate interference at the UN Treaty on transnational corporations and human rights


United Nations in Geneva on a cloudy day, flags stretch out across the bright green lawn.

This October, social movements and organizations will gather in Geneva to demand that governments establish a United Nations treaty that could hold transnational corporations accountable for human rights abuses. Formally known as the United Nations binding treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (OEIGWG), this treaty would serve as a critical tool for people around the world to access justice.

Unfortunately, like many international policy spaces, the negotiations for this binding treaty have not been exempt from corporate interference.

This fact sheet dives into how industry front groups, like the International Chamber of Commerce and its national members, serve as active industry voices in the space. It also presents a pathway forward for rooting out conflicts of interest and reining in corporate abuse.

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