• 03.12.2018
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Best practice guide for the commodity trading sector

The commodity trading sector - Guide
The commodity trading sector - Guide
The commodity trading sector - Guide

On 28 November 2018, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) launched a Guidance on Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

This best practice guide, produced together with the London-based Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), is the result of a public consultation with NGOs, the private sector and the Geneva cantonal authorities. It is the first document of its kind worldwide.

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Swiss Academies Factsheets Vol. 11, No 1, 2016: Switzerland  and the Commodities Trade
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Switzerland and the Commodities Trade

Switzerland has recently emerged as one of the world’s most important hubs in the global trade of commodities. But its rise has been accompanied by concerns about transparency, appropriate regulation, and risks to resource-exporting developing countries. A growing body of evidence points not only to beneficial, but also to harmful effects of commodities trading and extraction on resource-exporting poor countries. These include risks of undiversified economic development, political corruption, environmental damage, and human rights violations.