Transnational Companies and Switzerland 



18.01.2017
Critical feedback on the Swiss National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

On 9 December 2016, the Federal Council passed a national action plan (NAP) to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The...


04.05.2016
Responsible Business Initiative: 140,000 signatures collected

140,000 signatures supporting the Responsible Business Initiative have been collected within 12 months. The referendum requests that companies based...


20.04.2016
Study: Swiss multinationals and human rights

A study by Bread for All and the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund published on 4 April 2016 revealed some alarming facts: most of the 200 biggest...


09.09.2015
Vitol – another Swiss commodities group that does not respect human rights

«Vitol cares too little about the human rights of its workforce». This is the finding from a study done by the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund...


05.08.2015
Law on the control of the activities of Swiss security service providers abroad

The Federal Act on Private Security Services Provided Abroad (PSA) and the relevant ordinance will enter into force on 1 September 2015. The Federal...


27.05.2015
Tourism in Sri Lanka: campaign calls for diligence in tourism

The Society for Threatened Peoples International (STPI) has addressed a campaign at Swiss travel companies asking them to live up to their duty of...


14.11.2013
Human rights in tourism: sector successfully launches self-regulation

Since tourism ranks amongst the biggest economic sectors worldwide, enterprises in the travel industry carry special responsibility in the field of...


19.06.2013
Commodities giant Glencore jeopardises human rights situation in the Philippines

Glencore Xstrata, the transnational commodities corporation based in Zug, is once again coming under fire for the violation of human rights. The...


29.05.2013
No test case after all – no charges filed against Nestlé in Switzerland

Swiss authorities have not filed charges against Nestlé in the case of Colombian trade unionist Luciano Romero. Fourteen months after the...


14.05.2013
Swiss OECD Contact Point reorganisation

On 1 May 2013 the Swiss Federal Council passed an ordinance to provide a new organisational foundation for the work of the Swiss Contact Point for...


18.04.2013
People before patents

The Swiss pharma company Novartis filed two cases challenging the rejection of their patent application and the Indian Patent Law in May 2006....


09.04.2013
Disappointing report by the Federal Council on the commodities sector

At the end of March, the Federal Council published its background report on the Swiss commodities sector. The government acknowledges the high risk of...


08.02.2012
Complaint procedure regarding OECD principles: National Contact Points in comparison

As is widely known, the international level lacks legally binding instruments to coerce enterprises to respect human rights. The guidelines defined by...


01.02.2012
Forced child labour in cotton production – companies are held accountable

In Uzbekistan cotton is harvested with the aid of government-organised child labour. Every year the Uzbek state summons up between 1.5 and 2 million...


09.11.2011
Tight parliamentary rejection of the initiative «Clear rules for Swiss transnational companies, worldwide»

After a stormy debate on 11 March 2015, the National Council rejected a motion by the National Council Foreign Affairs Committee calling for a legal...


24.08.2011
Major Swiss banks carry shared responsibility for human rights violations

On its website «Banks and Human Rights», the Berne Declaration (BD) has been documenting and analysing controversial financing by Credit...


01.06.2011
Glencore illustrates the need for stricter legal guidelines

Up to now, the publicity-shy commodities trader Glencore was always able to avoid to cause too much disturbance on a legal and political level,...


30.03.2011
Commodity trade fosters human rights violations instead of reducing poverty

Copper, cobalt and numerous other precious raw materials can be found on some of the world’s poorest countries’ territories. Since most of...


17.11.2010
Code of Conduct for the security industry: signing conference in Geneva

On 9 November 2010, Switzerland invited the most important private military and security companies to sign a pioneering code of conduct in Geneva. The...


26.08.2010
Transnational companies: Swiss obligations for the protection of human rights

In June 2010, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) published a study commissioned by a coalition of ten Swiss NGOs which examines whether...


23.06.2010
Code of conduct for private military and security companies

An international code of conduct for private military and security companies is finally within reach. After the security industry published a...


05.11.2008
Ethical Swiss textile industry?

More than 21 000 persons have signed the Berne Declaration’s petition « For clothes produced in dignity ». The petition calls the...


05.06.2007
Financial compensation for rainforest peoples to be paid by Credit Suisse

Two Switzerland based organisations fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples, the Bruno-Manser-Fonds (BMF) and the Society for Threatened...

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