EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement: Corporate Social Responsibility under scrutiny at Civil Society Forum

The 5th meeting of the Civil Society Forum (CSF) under the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement in Brussels on 20 - 21 February 2017 opened with a dedicated workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) covering National Action Plans for implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

FIDH defended the setting of this issue on the agenda and welcomes the commitment to work on it again next year. In this context, it was decided to build on lessons learnt, enhance cooperation on CSR policy and practice; further implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including sharing information on the development of National Action Plans and implementation of human rights due diligence; and enhancement of the performance of the National Contact Points (NCPs) for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Member and vice-chair of the EU Domestic Advisory Group (DAG), FIDH works actively on Business and Human Rights and for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The DAG further urged to “address the persisting shortcomings of effective implementation of the ILO Fundamental Conventions and in particular the issues identified by the ILO supervisory mechanism and recalled that nobody should be detained for trade union activities.”

See also:
FIDH contribution to Italy’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights
FIDH and LHR presented a joint community-based HRIA at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

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