Companies based in Switzerland violate human rights abroad and ignore minimum environmental standards. This is why the Responsible Business Initiative is needed.

SWISSAID has launched the Responsible Business Initiative in a broad coalition of civil society. The aim: Swiss companies will be legally obliged to protect people and the environment – at home and abroad. The initiative is of vital importance for everyone in the South, especially the poorest poeple. Polluted drinking water, carcinogenic chemicals, child labour: in the project countries we experience the catastrophic effects of companies' ruthlessly activity every day. The Responsible Business Initiative will put a stop to unscrupulous business practices.