International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

Small Group Updates – Day I

The Zero Draft: Key Issues and Opportunities for Engagement on the Business and Human Rights Treaty

Time:    4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Room:   Ceremonial Classroom


  • Marion Cadier, ICAR (facilitator)

  • Mona Sabella, ESCR-Net

  • Miguel Soto, PODER

  • Maddalena Neglia, FIDH

  • Shayda Naficy, Corporate Accountability International

  • Claudia Saller, ECCJ

Background Information

In June 2019, the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (OEIWG) will release an updated draft of the Business and Human Rights treaty and optional protocol. This version of the treaty draft will incorporate stakeholder input received during a recently concluded comment process. Over the next few months, civil society has an opportunity to engage at various levels, including ahead of the start of negotiations during the OEIGWG’s fifth session to be held in October 2019.

This workshop will focus on three civil society priorities covered by the draft treaty: mandatory human rights due diligence and corporate liability, corporate capture, and gender protections. The workshop is intended to ensure ICAR members have a clearer understanding of the process and opportunities for engagement, at the regional and international level.


  • General

  • Website open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

  • Comments on zero draft and oral statements made during the OEIWG’s 4th session in October 2018

  • Gender Perspective

  • Feminists for a Binding Treaty key suggestions for inclusion in the treaty draft elements, August 2017

  • Feminists for a Binding Treaty statement on treaty draft elements, Oct 2017

  • Corporate Capture

  • Adopting stronger safeguards against corporate capture, ESCR-Net 2018 advocacy paper

  • Treaty Proposal from the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity: EnglishSpanishFrench

  • HRDD and Liability

  • FIDH and SOMO submission on HRDD and liability to inform Treaty first draft, February 2019