Heather Cohen

Parent Company Accountability Report

Heather Cohen

Advocating for laws around parent company accountability

One of the largest barriers to remedy for victims of business-related human rights violations is the limitation of liability of parent companies for the actions of their subsidiaries.

Corporate groups organize as a network of distinct legal entities with parent companies exercise varying degrees of influence over their subsidiaries or other parts of a business enterprise.

Structuring themselves in this way gives corporate groups access to significant economic benefits, but it also allows them to avoid liability for the harmful and illegal actions of their subsidiaries.

We challenge governments to change laws to reflect today’s complex global economy and ensure that parent companies are held accountable for the human rights impacts of their subsidiaries.

Report available here.