WHAT WE DO
The Zero Tolerance Initiative seeks to address violence, intimidation and killings of indigenous people and other human rights defenders in 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 linked to commodity production and trade. 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 2019, human rights defenders from 16 countries issued the Geneva Declaration which calls on states, companies and investors to tackle killing and violence in their supply chains as well as offering proposals for action for those actors.
The pledge for zero tolerance against killing and violence in supply chains is a document that investors and companies can sign to publicly commit to taking concrete steps toward eliminating violence linked to their supply chains. This pledge was drafted by human rights defenders and supportive NGOs.
If we are going to save the planet, we have to stop killing and criminalising the people who protect it.
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of
Our community leaders are putting their lives at risk to defend our world.
Geovaldis González Jiménez Community defender, Colombia