Transnational Corporations

Transnational corporations (TNCs) have become major and powerful actors.

The activities of transnational corporations are a source of multiple human rights violations

In many cases, especially when victims are from the Global South, impunity prevails. TNCs are indeed able to evade national jurisdictions because of the unprecedented economic, financial and political power they command, their transnational character, their economic and legal flexibility and the complex structures they use to carry on their activities.

Since the late 90s, the CETIM is firmly committed to ending the impunity of transnational corporations  and ensuring access to justice for the victims of their activities. The CETIM supports social movements, trade unions and organizations representing victims and affected  communities from the Global South in their efforts to access the UN human rights protection mechanisms. And the CETIM is involved to their sides in the campaign for new binding international norms to end impunity, providing its support for their participation in the negotiations and the presentation of their proposals.

Stop TNCs impunity Campaign

Access to justice for victims of TNCs


TNCs and human rights: threats to the process

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 55th session (26 February – 5 April 2024) We are witnessing a diversionary strategy on the part of the Chair of the Working Party, with the aim of derailing the process and diluting the content of the future treaty. The latest maneuver was an attempt to impose a new resolution aimed at […]

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Week of Mobilization against the WTO

CETIM supports the call issued by our partners from La Via Campesina for mobilization against the World Trade Organization (WTO) from  26 to 29 February 2024 in the framework of the 13th Ministerial meeting of this international organization to be held in the United Arab Emirates.  CETIM has been denouncing the agreements promoted by the […]

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Binding treaty on TNCs: threats to the process

The 9th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group charged with developing a legally binding international instrument on transnational corporations and other enterprises of a transnational nature, held in Geneva between 23 and October 27, 2023, was once again the scene of manoeuvers on the part of its presidency. Indeed, from the opening of the session, […]

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Companies must be compelled to fulfill obligations

Read here the English translation of Christophe Koessler’s article published in French in Le Courrier. UN – Forcing multinationals to respect human rights. About sixty delegates from social movements and communities from many countries are in Geneva this week to demand this as the ninth session of the UN Working Group on Transnational Corporations and […]

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