The UCCA was established in August 2015 as a civil society consortium on corporate accountability aimed at enhancing accountability by Corporations, States, International Finance Institutions and Development Partners for violations or abuses of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCRs).
The UCCA has a current membership of twenty-three (23) organisations specializing in different areas of Economic, Social and Cultural rights protection. These include the four founding members including the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), the Public Interest Law Clinic at Makerere University Law School (PILAC), Legal Brains Trust (LBT) and the Center for Health Human Rights and Development (CEHURD).
The UCCA brings together organizations working on ESCRs and Corporate Accountability to form a common platform to identify the gaps where there is the greatest opportunity to make a change and to begin developing actions towards creating that change. The platform aims to create a new strengthened voice on accountability issues through a collaboration of multiple organizations which will undertake to develop joint advocacy actions. The UCCA platform comes up as an addition to the existing efforts by various stakeholders including government agencies to address issues of business and human rights in Uganda.
The UCCA CSOs and CBOs engagements underscore the critical role various stakeholders play in shaping a contemporary policy debate about the role and responsibility of corporations to uphold human rights standards. The Consortium in its 2016 Baseline Report “The State of Corporate Accountability in Uganda,” emphasizes that under both domestic and international human rights law, the state has the responsibility to protect people from corporate abuses, and the corporations have the responsibility to respect human rights.