Corporate accountability Companies operating in the EU should be legally accountable for any harm they cause to people and the environment, anywhere in the world

13 March 2019

The EU has decided to drop out of UN negotiations on a binding treaty to make multinational corporations accountable for human rights abuses committed overseas, according to leaked documents seen by Friends of the Earth Europe.

4 March 2019

Three years ago, Honduran activist and community leader Berta Cáceres was brutally murdered. Every year, around 200 environmental defenders are killed or assaulted around the world - crimes that are often linked to multinational companies violating human rights. Only a binding agreement on a global basis could put an end to this horrendous injustice.

Multinational companies affect the lives of people and the environment all over the world. In many countries, the victims of the harm they cause do not have access to justice.

 

Friends of the Earth Europe calls on policy-makers in Europe to hold European companies legally accountable for any harm they do around the world, and to participate in the UN process for a binding treaty for businesses in relation to human rights.

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