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The Swiss popular initiative on responsible business: From responsibility to liability


Bueno, Nicolas (2019). The Swiss popular initiative on responsible business: From responsibility to liability. In: Enneking, Liesbeth; Giesen, Ivo; Kristen, François. Accountability, international business operations, and the law : providing justice for corporate human rights violations in global value chains. Abingdon (UK): Routledge, 239-258.

Abstract

Unless the Swiss Parliament adopts a new law on corporate due diligence, Swiss citizens will decide in 2020 whether to adopt or reject a partial revision of the Constitution of Switzerland that aims to introduce a specific provision on responsible business. According to the proposal, companies that are based in Switzerland are required to carry out appropriate human rights and environmental due diligence in Switzerland and abroad. Furthermore, those companies shall be liable for human rights and environmental-related harm caused by (foreign) companies under their control unless they can prove that they took all due care to avoid the harm.

Abstract

Unless the Swiss Parliament adopts a new law on corporate due diligence, Swiss citizens will decide in 2020 whether to adopt or reject a partial revision of the Constitution of Switzerland that aims to introduce a specific provision on responsible business. According to the proposal, companies that are based in Switzerland are required to carry out appropriate human rights and environmental due diligence in Switzerland and abroad. Furthermore, those companies shall be liable for human rights and environmental-related harm caused by (foreign) companies under their control unless they can prove that they took all due care to avoid the harm.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:02 Faculty of Law > Human Rights Competence Center
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Uncontrolled Keywords:UNGPs, UN Guiding Principle on Business and Human Rights, Due Diligence
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:16 Dec 2019 09:20
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 15:10
Publisher:Routledge
Series Name:Globalization. Law and Policy
Number:1
ISBN:978-0-8153-5683-7
Additional Information:ISBN: 978-1-351-12713-4 (ePub ebook) ISBN: 978-1-351-12715-8 (PDF ebook) ISBN: 978-1-351-12716-5 (ebook)
OA Status:Green

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