Develop a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights
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Private security contractors gunning down civilians in Iraq.
Oil companies polluting water sources of communities, both at home and abroad.
Factories with abusive working conditions supplying clothing to the U.S. Government.
Human rights harms continue to take place throughout the world and at home, many of which are connected to corporations that are headquartered in the United States or that conduct substantial business here.
The United States has formally committed to numerous national and international laws and standards, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), to address these harms and hold corporations to account for their human rights impacts.
Yet, despite these repeated commitments, the U.S. Government has not yet adequately articulated its plan for putting these laws and standards into practice, including through key areas such as corporate reporting obligations, public procurement reform, and access to effective judicial remedies when harm occurs.
Having repeatedly committed to the UNGPs and other laws and standards, the United States MUST have a plan for addressing human rights harms linked to corporate actors. Developing a National Action Plan (NAP) on business and human rights is an important step in doing so. The time is now for the Obama administration to publicly commit to developing a NAP.
Businesses must respect human rights throughout their operations. Governments must set the conditions to make this a reality.
Profits should not trump the rights of people.
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