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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

ITUC Calls on UN Human Rights Council to Adopt Principles on Business

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ITUC Calls on UN Human Rights Council to Adopt Principles on Business

Brussels, 27 May 2011 (ITUC OnLine): The UN Human Rights Council should adopt “Guiding Principles” on business and human rights, as set out in a report from UN Special Representative John Ruggie, at its meeting beginning on Monday in Geneva. A letter http://www.ituc-csi.org/letter-to-john-ruggie.html to Ruggie from ITUC General Secretary Burrow said that “the Guiding Principles are the next important step at the international level for business and human rights”.

On Monday Professor Ruggie will make his final report, containing the Guiding Principles, to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

“The UN Framework and these Guiding principles are a far better approach than the usual CSR activities. We want the United Nations Human Rights Council to endorse these principles. This will help to command the attention of business and to take the international consensus over the responsibilities of business to a new level,” said Burrow

The ITUC represents 175 million workers in 151 countries and territories and has 305 national affiliates. http://www.ituc-csi.org and http://www.youtube.com/ITUCCSI

For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on: +32 2 224 0204 or +32 476 621 018

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