23 May 2017:
The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), a quasi-state body, was asked by Philip Morris International (PMI) last year to conduct a human rights assessment on it. The DIHR has completed the task and has delivered a strong message to PMI to stop production and marketing of tobacco. The DIHR’s conclusion:
“According to the UNGPs [United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights] companies should avoid causing or contributing to adverse impacts on human rights. Where such impacts occur, companies should immediately cease the actions that cause or contribute to the impacts. Tobacco is deeply harmful to human health, and there can be no doubt that the production and marketing of tobacco is irreconcilable with the human right to health. For the tobacco industry, the UNGP therefore require the cessation of the production and marketing of tobacco.”
The DIHR has ended their engagement with PMI. DIHR’s statement can be found here. The United Nations Human Rights Council has endorsed the UNGPs that apply to all companies including tobacco companies.