Gender justice in the global economic system

An international agreement on business and human rights (“UN treaty”) in the sense of a feminist foreign and development policy

In spring 2023, guidelines for a feminist foreign and development policy were presented to the German Federal Cabinet. An international treaty on business and human rights, as negotiated in the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council since 2014, would address the discriminatory global power structures and structural causes of global inequality and contribute to a systemic change in the sense of a feminist foreign and development policy. Women and marginalized groups are particularly affected by exploitative business practices in global value chains. The current draft agreement, also known as the “UN treaty”, focuses on the rights and protection of those affected by human rights violations in the business context and, unlike the German Supply Chain Act and the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), takes gender justice into account comprehensively. The treaty would strengthen the rights, resources, and representation of women and marginalized groups in line with the 3-R approach.

By Karolin Seitz

Published by Global Policy Forum Europe & Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung 

Berlin/Bonn, September 2023