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Corporate strategies to avoid responsibility for human rights abuses

SOMO, AFREWATCH and partners have released a new report regarding coprorate strategies to avoid responsibility for human rights abuses. 

Corporations around the globe continue to operate with impunity as they often successfully use strategies leading to avoid responsibility for human rights abuses and environmental damage.
To better understand how companies remain unaccountable for the negative impacts they produce, the Mind the Gap consortium has developed an innovative framework to identify five corporate strategies that lead to the abdication of responsibility for these harmful effects on people and communities around the world.
 
The wide prevalence and acceptance of these strategies is problematic and emphasises the urgent need for a thorough revision of our global trade and production systems. While the identified strategies may not always be designed with the specific aim of avoiding responsibility, evidence shows their use has resulted in limited accountability for negative impacts, which is harmful for victims and the public interest. To encourage genuine respect for human rights and the environment, the international community urgently needs to close the governance gaps that allow corporations to evade responsibility for their actions.