The UN working group studying the possibility of a binding treaty on human rights and companies held its fourth meeting in Geneva this week.

A group of Latin American NGOS took an active part in the proceedings, pressing for a binding treaty to replace the Voluntary Principles which the Human Rights Council of the UN agreed in 2011.

The NGO Cooperacción was active in the meeting, positing the seriousness of the issues involved in a a number of events, both in the formal sessions and in informal meetings with the delegates. Cooperacción reports that while Ecuador and South Africa argued for a binding treaty, Peru formed part of the group that wanted to move more slowly and look for a full consensus rather than just a majority decision. Russia took an even more reserved position, as did the United States (in absentia) in the document it submitted.