Sign the Pledge on Business and Human Rights

Sign the pledge here!

As the world’s largest economy the European Union (EU) has a particular responsibility to prove leadership in the promotion and protection of human rights against harm linked to business operations. 

The obligation to protect requires the EU and its Member States to prevent infringements of human rights that occur inside the EU and outside of EU territory due to the activities of business over which the EU and its Member States exercise control. 

As a Member of the European Parliament, I commit to pro-actively take action with the aim of the full implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) by the EU and its Member States.

In particular, I commit to take action 

  • For the implementation of mandatory human rights due diligence standards as regards business operations, investments, business relations and global supply chains at the national and/or EU level;
  • For a legislation at national and/or EU level introducing a corporate duty of care towards individuals and communities affected by their global operations;
  • To tackle obstacles to access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights harm;
  • To ensure that trade policies and agreements are not harmful to the enjoyment of human rights within and outside of the EU, namely by establishing a sanctions mechanism in all Trade and Sustainable Development chapters in EU Free Trade Agreements;
  • For the EU to protect human rights defenders and ensure an enabling environment;
  • For a constructive engagement with the process towards the establishment of a legally binding instrument on business and human rights at the United Nations;
  • To hold the EU institutions to account in case of failure to implement the UNGPs

Download the Pledge here

Signatories of the pledge:

  1. Martina Anderson
  2. Maria Arena
  3. Margrete  Auken
  4. Catherine Bearder
  5. Malin Björk
  6. Lynn Boylan
  7. Reinhard Bütikofer
  8. Fabio Massimo Castaldo
  9. Dennis De Jong
  10. Mark Demesmaeker
  11. Bas Eickhout
  12. Cornelia Ernst
  13. José Inácio Faria
  14. Eleonora Forenza
  15. Ana Gomes
  16. Heidi Hautala
  17. Anja Hazekamp
  18. Arnout Hoekstra
  19. John Howarth
  20. Ramón Jáuregui Atondo
  21. Agnes Jongerius
  22. Rina Ronja Kari
  23. Jude Kirton-Darling
  24. Stelios Kouloglou
  25. Kostadinka Kuneva
  26. Merja Kyllönen
  27. Bernd Lange
  28. Patrick Le Hyaric
  29. Arne Lietz
  30. Paloma López Bermejo
  31. Sabine Lösing
  32. David Martin
  33. Alex Mayer
  34. Linda McAvan
  35. Tilly Metz
  36. Martina Michels
  37. Anne-Marie Mineur
  38. Younous Omarjee
  39. Dimitrios Papadimoulis
  40. Evelyn Regner
  41. Bronis Ropé
  42. Lola Sánchez Caldentey
  43. Judith Sargentini
  44. Martin Schirdewan
  45. Helmut Scholz
  46. Molly Scott Cato
  47. Maria Lidia Senra Rodríguez
  48. Barbara Spinelli
  49. Bart Staes
  50. Neoklis Sylikiotis
  51. Miguel Urbán Crespo
  52. Mirja Vehkaperä
  53. Marie-Christine Vergiat
  54. Marie-Pierre Vieu
  55. Julie Ward
  56. Xabier Benito Ziluaga
  57. Gabi Zimmer

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