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PSI wants a binding treaty to protect human rights from corporate abuse

24 October 2017
Susana Barria, PSI, spoke during the 2017 session
The 3rd session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (OEIGWG) started on Monday 23 October. For one week, experts, activists, governments, trade unions and other stakeholders will meet at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, to discuss the possibility of adopting a binding treaty on transnational corporations.

The first and second sessions of the OEIGWG, in 2015 and 2016 respectively, were dedicated to conducting constructive deliberations on the content, scope, nature and form of a future international instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises. The third session of the working group will use these elements as a basis for substantive negotiations.

PSI has taken an active role in this process over these years, working with the Treaty Alliance and the Campaign, as well as the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).  

Susana Barria represented PSI at the session on 23 October, where she presented PSI's comments on the treaty.

We will be posting the latest updates of the deliberations on the PSI Facebook page.

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