When businesses engage in illegal conduct that is linked to serious human rights abuse, they are rarely, if ever, held to account.
Governments must take action to protect human rights. They can do this by enforcing existing criminal laws and by adopting new laws that allow for criminal prosecution, including against businesses. Learn more about the Principles.
Identify the legal standards and secure the evidence needed to establish liability for corporate crimes in your jurisdiction
Collaborate widely to ensure accountability for corporate crimes, particularly in cross-border cases
Use all available legal tools to collect evidence, build cases and obtain the cooperation of critical witnesses in corporate crimes cases
Put in place appropriate measures and incentives to protect victims, informants, whistle-blowers, witnesses and experts in corporate crimes cases