Jonathan Herman

ICAR calls on U.S. presidential candidates to prioritize business and human rights

Jonathan Herman

In the lead up to the first U.S. presidential debate of the 2016 election, ICAR has submitted a "Business and Human Rights Primer" to the U.S. presidential candidates on September 26, 2016. The open letter can be viewed as a PDF here.

With this letter, ICAR calls on the candidates to prioritize business and human rights issues during this final stage of the election, and beyond. Specifically, ICAR calls on the candidates to:

  1. Commit to full implementation and review of the National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.Commit to full implementation and review of the National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.
  2. Enhance regulation of business activity to prevent human rights abuse in the first place, including through public procurement processes.
  3. Implement full and public country-by-country reporting as an integral step to ensuring that corporations uphold human rights by paying their fair share of tax.
  4. Work to ensure effective remedy for victims of corporate related human rights violations.
  5. Prosecute human rights violators at the corporate and individual level.
  6. Commit to working collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders and demonstrate leadership, both domestically and internationally, on business and human rights.

For more information on this primer, please contact Sara Blackwell, ICAR Legal and Policy Coordinator, at sara@icar.ngo.