Tobacco, human rights, and environmental due diligence
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Action on Smoking and Health, London, United Kingdom
Unfairtobacco, Berlin, Germany
Alliantie voor een Rookvrije Samenleving, Brussels, Belgium
Publication date: 2021-12-10
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2021;7(Supplement):30
Action on Smoking and Health (Washington D.C.), the Belgian Alliance for a Smoke Free Society, Smoke Free Partnership and Unfairtobacco, drafted a submission as input for the public consultation by the European Commission on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence, focusing on the negative impacts of the tobacco industry to the environment, the right to health, and numerous other human rights. The submission was joined by 69 organizations. Participants will take away the following key messages:
  1. Mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence for companies is absolutely necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, to protect and fulfil human rights obligations and avoid environmental destruction.
  2. The tobacco industry has an ecological footprint which is comparable to that of entire countries. The human rights violations include the worst form of child labour in tobacco growing, according to ILO.
  3. Mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence should include transparent reports on standardized criteria, the obligation to develop and implement an ambitious plans of action, permanent monitoring structures, enforcement and sanctions. The panelists will also discuss the opportunities and advantages for pursuing tobacco control goals through non-traditional topics and avenues, for example, through calls for human rights or environmental comments.
No Conflicts of Interest were reported.
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