Big business has too much power. 

And the people who are most vulnerable to its operations have too little. 

Whether it’s the British-Dutch multinational Unilever in Kenya, the Swiss and American multinationals Nestlé and Cargill in Côte d’Ivoire, or the Canadian multinational Loblaws in Bangladesh.  

But corporate ‘untouchability’ is neither natural nor inevitable.  

Five years ago three of the world’s poorest countries - Benin, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia – were among twenty members of the United Nations who voted to begin discussion on a new treaty that could hold the world’s biggest businesses to account. 

Multinational companies are often bigger and more powerful than states so it follows that there should be a multinational process for righting corporate wrongs. 

The latest draft of the proposed Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights is due to be debated at the United Nations in Geneva in October.  

We know the British Government is sceptical about the Treaty and voted against the idea in the past. 

But we think Ministers should listen to survivors of human rights abuses and leave perpetrators with nowhere to hide. 

Listen to people like Alice from Kenya. 

Listen to people like Arati from Bangladesh. 

Listen to people like Renee from Côte d’Ivoire. 

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon is the UK’s Minister of State for the UN and responsible for negotiations in Geneva. We want him to stand up for human rights by supporting the Treaty. 

If Lord Ahmad receives a flood of emails asking him to look again at the Treaty he’s more likely to support the process in Geneva. 

Will you send Lord Ahmad an email? 

 

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