Climate change is not only the great environmental emergency of our time, but also an unprecedented human rights crisis. It threatens a wide range of human rights, including the rights to water, to health, and to life itself.
One of the key measures that governments must take to tackle this crisis is to urgently drive the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and green technologies.
This paper lays out the principles that businesses should adopt to avoid causing, contributing to, or being directed linked to human rights abuses and environmental harm along the battery value chain, from extraction to end-of-life, while supporting the need to promote a more efficient use of resources, fewer vehicles, and the development of new battery technologies and other human rights-consistent solutions to climate change.
This paper also lays out the principles that governments must adopt, to fulfil their obligation to both respect human rights and protect their citizens from potential human rights’ abuses by companies operating or headquartered within their territory and jurisdiction.