Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Transnational Corporations
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Cassie Peters
Human Rights Council – 50th Session
June 22, 2022
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
The United States thanks the Working Group for its commitment to promoting the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The United States is pleased to see the Working Group’s reports this session, including the report highlighting lessons learned from the pandemic and providing recommendations for responding to crises in a manner that protects and respects human rights.
We endeavor to work together to “build back better” and encourage businesses to implement more effective safeguards during global health crises, as well as taking steps to prevent forced labor, ensure occupational safety and health, and uphold respect for workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
We are alarmed by reports that threats to human rights defenders intensified during the pandemic and emphasize the importance of protecting those who work to ensure the human rights of members of vulnerable populations.
The United States continues to work with the international community to strengthen global health infrastructure and prevent adverse human rights impacts that can result from business activities.
Question: How can States further support civil society in raising concerns related to business and human rights during the pandemic and beyond?
I thank you