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1 May 2014

[PDF] A UN Business and Human Rights Treaty Update

Author: John Ruggie, Harvard Univ., former UN Special Representative on business & human rights

The development of an international legal instrument requires a certain degree of consensus among states. And there ought to be reasonable expectations that it will be enforced by the relevant parties...[T]he category of business and human rights...

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1 May 2014

[PDF] A UN Business and Human Rights Treaty Update

Author: Professor John Ruggie, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights

[Business] and human rights...includes complex clusters of different bodies of...law... [Any] attempt to aggregate them...would have to be pitched at such a high level of abstraction that it is hard to imagine it providing a basis for meaningful legal...

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22 January 2014

[PDF] The European Commission’s proposal on the disclosure of non-financial information by companies

Author: John Ruggie (Professor at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, chair of Shift, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights)

Discussions at EU level on the proposed non-financial reporting directive are reaching their conclusion. This presents a significant opportunity to put in place a requirement that is likely to improve the way companies report on their social and...

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17 December 2013

[PDF] [Comments on "Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect"]

Author: John Ruggie, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business & Human Rights

I am grateful to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre for the opportunity to comment on the new book edited by Surya Deva and David Bilchitz...The contributing authors address both strengths and weaknesses of the GPs. In doing so, they enrich...

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2 December 2013

II UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Author: Conectas Human Rights

[Tricia] Feeney, the executive director of the UK-based NGO Rights and Accountability in Development...warns that the second Forum on Business and Human Rights of the UN is under a serious risk of being more of the same, frustrating the expectations...

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1 December 2013

At the 2nd U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights--Reflections on Bilchitz and Deva (eds) "Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect?"

Author: Larry Catá Backer, Penn State Univ., on Law at the End of the Day Blog

This post includes my review of The Human Rights Obligations of Business from which I will draw the comments I will make at that book launch...The contributions in Human Rights Obligations of Business...query whether in the rush to embrace the GP,...

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1 November 2013

Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect?

Author: Surya Deva (City Univ. of Hong Kong), David Bilchitz (Univ. of Johannesburg), eds.

In recent years, the UN Human Rights Council has approved the 'Respect, Protect, and Remedy' Framework and endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These developments have been welcomed widely, but do they adequately address the...

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1 November 2013

New book: "Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect?"

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7 October 2013

Measuring the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights [UK]

Author: Cumberland Lodge

Objective and comparable indicators of corporate respect for human rights are fundamental to advance the business and human rights agenda...Notwithstanding general agreement on the importance of the topic, measuring respect for human rights is not an...

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20 September 2013

[PDF] Remarks at Opening Plenary UN Global Compact Leaders Forum

Author: John Ruggie, Harvard University, former UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights

I am humbled by the sheer magnitude of the challenges we face. But...I am also proud of what we have achieved in just a few short years. We have demonstrated that even seemingly intractable obstacles can yield to concerted and imaginative efforts that...

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