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The UN Framework and Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Two-days training of Staff and Union Representatives ends in Limbe

The UN Framework and Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Two-days training of Staff and Union Representatives ends in Limbe

Limbe 18 July 2018

Limbe 18 July 2018 - 30 Staff and trade union representatives of the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) have completed a two day training on their role in promoting the United Nations Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The training that took place in Limbe from 17 to 18 July 2018 also brought together media professionals who are members of the follow-up committee put in place to monitor implementation of past recommendations and provide advisory services to the Corporation in its drive to ensure human rights compliance.

Speaking during the opening of the training workshop, Mr. Otto Lyonga, CDC Technical Adviser to the GM, representing the General Manager, stressed the Corporation’s resolve to continue to uphold human rights norms and standards in its operations irrespective of the challenges posed by the security situation in the Region. He acknowledged that the Human Rights and Business project bore more prospects for the Corporation and exhorted participants to examine constructively, ways of making positive progress in ensuring respect for human rights.

On behalf of the OHCHR Regional Representative for Central Africa, Mr. Kiven Fonyuy enjoined participants to learn from, apply best practices, and sell out the best practices that have been documented within the Corporation. He emphasized the need for proper restitution of the knowledge acquired during the training within their respective unions and staff associations.

The UN Framework and Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Two-days training of Staff and Union Representatives ends in Limbe

The activity is part of a project funded by the partnership between the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. During the two days training, participants listened to presentations on the UN Framework and Guiding Principles; the ten principles of the UN Global Compact; the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and international instruments in the area of business and human rights. Practical exercises and case studies enabled them to examine their role as Staff and Union representatives and to make strong recommendations for improving on or changing some existing practices within the Corporation

It should be noted that CARO has worked with the CDC since 2016, supporting the adoption and implementation of an internal grievance mechanism and training 16 trainers within the Corporation to replicate knowledge on business and human rights to its over 22.000 workers. So far, over 450 staff representatives and management level personnel have been trained on business and human rights. The activities have recently been slowed by the rising insecurity as separatist fighters and Government forces continue confrontations in the South West Regions, which host the plantations of the CDC.