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0530

Friends of the Earth International, Agir Ici, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Oxfam International

G8 ISSUED CHALLENGE OVER CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

Annemasse/Evian, France, May 30th : The G8 has prioritised corporate social responsibility on its agenda at the Evian Summit. Major organisations, Agir Ici, Amnesty International – French section, Friends of the Earth International, Greenpeace International and Oxfam International, today call on the G8 not to resort once again to bland measures and statements supporting corporate voluntarism but to, instead, back binding international rules to make multinationals liable and accountable to those they affect and do so through the United Nations.

The groups said the development of voluntary codes and guidelines has been used by leaders of G8 countries to justify not introducing binding rules to halt corporate bad practices. However these guidelines have consistently failed to halt social, environmental and human rights violations.

More than 400 of the 500 biggest multinationals are G8-based, making the G8 countries most responsible for corporate violations. The non governmental organisations stated that the test of any outcomes of the G8 would be whether its leaders would really secure rights for communities and citizens to seek legal redress for corporate wrongs, and prevent bad practices of G8 multinationals before they happen.

Contacts in Annemasse :

Laetitia Guidi, Agir Ici, +33 6 87 12 33 96
Francis Perrin, Amnesty International Section Française, +33 6 63 68 79 03
Matt Phillips, Friends of the Earth, +44 781 731 47 06
Yannick Vicaire, Greenpeace France, +33 6 08 75 50 15
Phil Twyford, Oxfam International, + 44 774 040 44 87
Anne Castelain, press officer, CSR workshop, Alternative Summit, +33 6 84 25 08 25

 

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