[PDF] Protect, Respect and Remedy: a Framework for Business and Human Rights

Author: John Ruggie, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, Published on: 7 April 2008

Responding to the invitation by the Human Rights Council for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises to submit his views and recommendations for its consideration, this report presents a conceptual and policy framework to anchor the business and human rights debate, and to help guide all relevant actors. The framework comprises three core principles: the State duty to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including business; the corporate responsibility to respect human rights; and the need for more effective access to remedies. The three principles form a complementary whole in that each supports the others in achieving sustainable progress. [addenda to report expected in early May 2008]

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