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To date, enterprises have largely failed to comply with human rights regulated at the national level, let alone international standards. This is certainly the case when it comes to workers’ human rights. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) provide an important framework for demanding reforms of government and compliance by enterprises. However, very few governments have adopted National Action Plans to implement the UNGPs and they are often insubstantial. And enterprises continue to abuse human rights. A binding treaty on business and human rights will invigorate respect for the UNGPs, not hinder it.
PSI, the ITUC and the other Global Unions have prepared comments to the Zero Draft text of the proposed binding treaty that includes crucial provisions, which would represent a big step forward in ensuring corporate accountability throughout global supply chains:
They are calling for improvements to the draft, including: