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Civil society united on next steps for IGWG on Transnational Corporations

Global Campaign

Civil society members of the Treaty Alliance, The Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, and Trade Unions proposal for the Conclusions and Recommendations of the Report of the 4th session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (OEIGWG).


This week, we have witnessed a landmark moment in the UN Human Rights Council. States have begun negotiating the text of the UN treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.


This represents important progress for the countless communities, workers, and survivors who have struggled for decades to protect their human rights from violations and abuses by transnational corporations and other business enterprises.


On Friday the 19th of October 2018, the OEIGWG will adopt its report of this session, with recommendations and conclusions for moving the process forward. As civil society organisations, we look forward to the report, and recommend the following elements be included:


  • An explicit commitment to continue with the 5th OEIGWG session, and as many subsequent sessions of the OEIGWG as are needed to elaborate an ambitious legally binding instrument;


  • Informal intersessional consultations, guaranteeing meaningful civil society participation;


  • National consultations, guaranteeing civil society participation;


  • Publication of a strengthened Draft One based on inputs and comments made on the Zero Draft and during the previous sessions, including the critical inputs made by civil society and affected communities throughout the process;


  • A reasonable timeline for additional written submissions by states and civil society on the zero draft.



Last year at the end of the 3rd session, valuable time and energy was wasted by attempts to hold up the process. We call on all States to support the conclusions of the 4th session in view of advancing the negotiations until a bold and ambitious legally binding instrument is adopted.



List of signatories (Updated 18 October 2018 15:00)


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Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity  


Friends of the Earth International


Friends of the Earth Europe


Friends of the Earth Latin America and Caribbean (ATALC)


Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND)


Friends of the Earth Malaysia (Sahabat Alam Malaysia)


Corporate Accountability International


Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)


Global Policy Forum (GPF)


France Amérique Latine (FAL)


Brot für die Welt


CCFD-Terre Solidaire


CIDSE (International family of Catholic social justice organisations)



Conselho Indigenista Missionário (CIMI)


FIAN Germany


International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)


Amis de la Terre/Friends of the Earth France


Ecologistas en Acción, Spain – Organitzacions per a la Justícia Global


Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)


Commission Justice et Paix Belgique


HOMA – Centro de Direitos Humanos e Empresas


Friends of the EArth (England, Wales and


Verein SÜDWIND Entwicklungspolitik, Austria


Network Social Responsibility, Austria (Netzwerk Soziale Verantwortung, NeSoVe)


Attac Austria


Attac Denmark


FIAN International


Franciscans International


NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark


Global Justice Now UK


SÜDWIND e.V. – Institut für Ökonomie und Ökumene


CorA – Corporate Accountability: Netzwerk für Unternehmensverantwortung


Society for International Development (SID)


Afrika Kontakt, Denmark


European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)


Clean Clothes Campaign International Office


Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)


ActionAid International


ActionAid France


FIAN Brazil


CNPCT (Brazilian National Council of Traditional Peoples and Communities)


CPT Piauí (Brazil)


Labour Behind the Label (UK)


TROCA – Plataforma por um Comércio Internacional Justo  (Portugal)

World March of Women-Philippines

ESCR-Net – International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights




DKA Austria


Collectif Ethique sur l’étiquette (France)


African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA)


HAND Association


FIDH, member of Treaty Alliance


FIAN Switzerland


Action Solidarité Tiers Monde – Luxembourg


Transnational Institute (TNI)


Amigos/as da Terra Brasil / Friends of the Earth Brazil


NaZemi (Czech Republic)


Justiça Ambiental / Friends of the Earth Mozambique


Pro Natura / Friends of the Earth Switzerland


Movimento dos Atingidos e das Atinas por Barragem (MAB/Brazil)


La Vía Campesina Internacionalg


National Society of Conservationists – Friends of the Earth Hungary


WEED – World Economy, Ecology & Development e.V.


Plataforma Boliviana Frente al Cambio Climático


Friends of the Earth Ghana


Towards Sustainability Association


FIAN Burkina Faso


Confederación Sindical de las Américas (CSA/TUCA)


Red Latinoamericana por el Acceso a Medicamentos (RedLAM)


Union syndicale Solidaires (France)


Observatori Drets Humans i Empreses a la Mediterrània


SUDS – Associació Internacional de Solidaritat i Cooperació


Novact –


Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association


Centre for Natural Resource Governance Zimbabwe


Green Scenery, Sierra Leone


Malden Affected Landowners and Land users Association, Sierra Leone


WoMin Alliance


Center for International Environmental Law


BELA – Friends of the Earth Bangladesh


SETEM Catalunya


Justicia i Pau


International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL)


Sahabat Alam Malaysia – Friends of the Earth Malaysia


Legal Rights & Natural Resources Center – Friends of the Earth Philippines


Les Amis de la Terre Togo


Sustainable Development Initiative / Friends of the Earth Liberia