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4. Position of the Federal Council on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

4.3 The position and expectations of the Federal Council [page 8]:

Consultation with stakeholder groups (Guiding Principle 18): The use of instruments to consult affected stakeholder groups (e.g. vulnerable groups such as children).

… Depending on the circumstances, business enterprises must also observe additional standards concerning particularly vulnerable population groups (cf. OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, Guideline 40). These include, for example, the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the international conventions protecting women, minorities, children, people with with disabilities and migrant workers and members of their families.

Guiding Principle 3 [page 18-21]

PI10 Initiative on respect for labour and human rights in value chains

Among its economic cooperation programmes, the federal government also supports projects to protect children. These projects are run jointly with the ILO, governments, the private sector and unions, and are focused on compliance with fundamental labour standards, including measures to combat child and forced labour. The federal government also pursues a wide variety of activities to support the human rights aspects of sustainable value chains. The federal government will continue these activities, as set out in its Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017-2020.

PI14 Child protection in tourism

In collaboration with Austria and Germany, in 2012 Switzerland launched a tri-national campaign to combat the sexual exploitation of children in connection with tourism. Entitled nicht-wegsehen.ch (‘Don’t look away’), the campaign draws public attention to the sexual exploitation of children and minors in the context of the tourism industry.

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