Swiss firms lack ‘unified approach’ on business and human rights

Companies in Switzerland are quite active when it comes to corporate social responsibility, but a common approach is lacking and many large firms are unfamiliar with their international human rights obligations, says business ethics campaigner Chantal Peyer.  Peyer, head of business and human rights at the Swiss non-governmental organisation Bread for All, was in Geneva on Thursday for the Second Swiss Global Compact Dialogue, a conference on “Sustainable production and consumption: a challenge and chance for Swiss business”. The Swiss initiative, comprising 56 members including ABB, Nestlé and Vale, is part of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. The Swiss branch has just announced a four-year campaign to promote responsible business among firms in the small alpine country.  Bread for All is part of a coalition of 105 NGOs, church groups, unions and campaigners behind the Responsible Business Initiative, ...
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