BRICSAM Civil Society Networks Denounce Corporate Capture of Health and Food Sectors
(Geneva, Nov. 18th 2015) – At the opening of the UN Business and Human Rights Forum in Geneva, civil society networks from Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, India, China, South Africa and Mexico (ECSN-BRICSAM networks) expressed their concern with the undue influence exerted by corporations over global governance and national decision-making processes and the resulting prevalence of private interests working against public interests.
For the ECSN-BRICSAM networks, voluntary codes of conduct (such as the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights) and multi-stakeholder approaches (such as the one defended by the Global Redesign Initiative commissioned by the World Economic Forum) are not sufficient to prevent corporate capture of sectors that are essential for the public interest, such as the food and health sectors. On the contrary, as evidenced by the GRI these approaches institutionalize capture. To prevent and combat the prioritizing of private interests over the public interest, civil society networks issued a series of recommendations:
Recommendations on implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: implementing the United Nations "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework.
(Geneva, November 2015) - Based on the provisions of the recently approved 2030 Agenda, we consider that it will not be possible to reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals without assuring the full enjoyment of human rights, internationally and in Mexico.
Some corporations have committed serious human rights violations through actions or omissions, like the use of paramilitary forces, forced relocation, consultations and inadequate compensations, violations of the right to a healthy environment, and destruction of livelihoods and of spiritual, natural and cultural sites of communities.