Investors want action on human rightsOctober 2010
Investors have urged the US government to back the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Undrip), as a review of the country’s 2007 decision to withhold support for it begins.
Asset managers Calvert and the US Social Investment Forum are encouraging the US State Department to support Undrip, saying the lack of state endorsement is making it difficult for US businesses to acknowledge and implement the declaration in their own policies.
Calvert has written to secretary of state Hillary Clinton, saying: ‘US support for Undrip would allow more companies to be responsive to our requests to develop policies and programs to promote indigenous peoples’ rights or to publicly disclose those that are already established as a model for others.’
The US was one of only four UN members to vote against the declaration in 2007. The three others – Australia, Canada and New Zealand – have all since either supported the declaration or announced their intention to do so.
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