International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)
The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), a project of the Tides Center, is a civil society organization working to ensure that governments create, implement, and enforce laws and policies to protect against business-related human rights abuse.
The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) is a coalition of human rights groups focused on corporate accountability in the United States. Its mission is "to harness the power of the human rights community to identify and promote robust frameworks for corporate accountability, strengthen current measures and defend existing laws, policies and legal precedents." ICAR's Steering Committee includes EarthRights International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, Global Witness and Amnesty International.
Formed in 2010, ICAR has campaigned for regulations that would restrict the sale of conflict minerals, in defense of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and in support of a Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act which would, in effect, extend the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act to include non-military contractors.
They harness the collective power of progressive organizations to push governments to create and enforce rules over corporations that promote human rights and reduce inequality.
Their staff has travelled extensively garnering support and insight from their partners across the globe on the laws and policies that can be implemented to safeguard the rights of people everywhere.
The current corporate accountability movement has made considerable progress in ensuring businesses prevent, mitigate and remedy negative impacts on human rights, including by ensuring that governments regulate or set conditions on corporate activity. These efforts hinge, however, on addressing broader social and economic inequality. For human rights to thrive, they need to remove barriers to more just and equal societies. They believe that by researching, advocating and campaigning for a rights-based economy, they can do just that.See more