Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)3 of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers to member States on Human Rights and Business was adopted in March 2016.

In April 2016, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights stressed: “European and international human rights instruments are essential in ensuring workers’ freedom of association, their right to collective bargaining, the prohibition of discrimination, child and forced labour, and the protection of health and safety at work.”

One year later the Conference of INGOs concluded its own work on this important subject by organising a related Side Event and adopting a recommendation (CONF/PLE(2017)REC2) supporting the Committee of Ministers' Recommendation and stressing the need for implementation and accountability in this field.

At the end of 2019, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly adopted Resolution 2311 (2019) and Recommendation 2166 (2019), also promoting the implementation of the Committee of Ministers' Recommendation. 

With this page the Conference of INGOs wishes to support its own member organisations and encourages all readers to promote and implement the substance of the above Recommendations.

Please check out the material below which will help you in working for the implementation and accountability for Human Rights and Business.

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