Molly has welcomed a vote today in the European Parliament in favour of a resolution calling on EU member States to support creating a UN Binding Treaty which would make transnational corporations legally accountable for human rights violations within their international supply chains. This would replace current voluntary frameworks.
Molly called for EU support for such an international binding treaty last November and welcomed the vote today (see video).
“I am delighted that a majority of MEPs stood up for the rights of some of the most vulnerable. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the European Commission and many EU Member States, including the UK, which have yet to support a Binding Treaty.
“Voluntary or toothless due diligence measures are simply not good enough. We still see grave human rights abuses at the hands of multinationals. If we are to protect people and planet from the destruction being caused by large corporations, we must build upon the UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights and make them binding.”
Next week, Molly Scott Cato will join other Green MEPs in Geneva for the 4th session of intergovernmental negotiations and to call upon the EU and Member State governments to support the UN initiative for a Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights.