Zero Tolerance Initiative – calling for an end to human rights abuse in global supply chains


The Zero Tolerance Initiative seeks to address violence, intimidation and killings of indigenous people and other human rights defenders linked to global supply chains. Working with a wide coalition of supportive groups, and in partnership with indigenous peoples and community representatives, the Initiative asks companies to address killings and violence in their supply chain. This initiative builds on the work of many other organisations who have successfully highlighted that violence against, and criminalisation of, land and environmental defenders is increasing and now is the time to act.

In November, just prior to the UN Forum on business and human rights, more than 25 indigenous and local community representatives will be gathering in Geneva to discuss these issues, and to call on companies to pledge zero tolerance against killing and violence in their supply chains, committing to tackle this urgent issue.

Forest Peoples Programme is also working with allies on three key sessions of the UN Forum to draw attention to the issue of violence and threats against indigenous and other human rights defenders, please come and join if you will be at the UN Forum:

Join us to discuss this initiative at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights:

  • Monday November 25th: Voices from the Ground, 9.30 – 10.15, Room XIX, Palais de Nations
  • Tuesday November 26th: Prevention is better than cure: exploring best strategies by States to prevent attacks on human rights defenders, 15.00 – 18.00, Room XX, Palais de Nations
  • Wednesday November 27th: Ensuring access to remedy where indigenous peoples’ rights are harmed, 13.30 – 14.45, Room XXII, Palais de Nations