Business & Human Rights in the Chemical Industry: An Assessment of Company Responses to Human Rights Issues

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The chemical industry is one of the largest manufacturing industries in the world, creating over 70,000 different chemical products, employing more than 20 million people and with a revenue valued at over EUR 3500 billion in 2015. Its wide global impact reflects the high responsibility for governments and the chemical industry to protecting human rights of workers and consumers. 

An assessment prepared by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on Hazardous Substances and Wastes, analyses trends in alleged cases of human rights abuse relating to the chemical industry and the responses of States and companies to these concerns. 

The analysis notes that despite some positive steps to address toxic pollution from the chemical industry, critical gaps remain, particularly in protecting the rights of workers, children, low-income communities and other vulnerable groups. It concludes by providing recommendations to States and businesses to strengthen regulations and practices regarding the chemical industry, in line with human rights standards. 

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