Statements, initiatives & commentaries

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Binding treaty: What we can learn from NGO strategies in other treaty-drafting processes, Irene Pietropaoli, Consultant on business and human rights, Nov 2016

The Struggle Continues for a Binding Treaty to #StopCorporateAbuse, Adam Parsons, Share the World's Resources, Nov 2016

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The Struggle Continues for a Binding Treaty to #StopCorporateAbuse
Adam Parsons, Share the World's Resources, Nov 2016

The seed of a new Treaty on transnational corporations and human rights is planted
Friends of the Earth International, Nov 2016 

People power paves the way for a truly people-centred Treaty
Friends of the Earth International, Oct 2016

Binding Treaty to stop corporate abuse
Friends of the Earth International, Oct 2016

Negotiations for a Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights
Civicus, Oct 2016

#StopCorporateAbuse: Why we need rights for people and rules for business
Anne Van Schaik, Friends of the Earth Europe & Jerome Chaplier, European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), Oct 2016

Citizens call for rights for people and rules for business
Friends of the Earth Europe, Oct 2016

UN Treaty on transnational corporations, other business enterprises & human rights: Options for justice. Legal Seminar report, 30-31 May 2016
Sarah Lincoln, Brot für die Welt; Denise Auclair, CIDSE; Anne van Schaik, Friends of the Earth Europe; Mariëtte van Huijstee, SOMO & Lydia de Leeuw, SOMO, Sep 2016

The Struggle for a UN Treaty - Towards global regulation on human rights and business
Jens Martens & Karolin Seitz, Global Policy Forum, Sep 2016

Stop corporate abuse: we need rights for people and rules for business
Friends of the Earth Europe & others, 13 Sep 2016

Options for shaping the UN Treaty on businesses and human rights
CIDSE, 6 Jul 2016

5 Years of Failure - Why UN Voluntary Measures Aren't Stopping Bad Business Behavior
Anne van Schaik & Lucia Ortiz, Friends of the Earth, 15 Jun 2016

OAS [Organization of American States] Should Encourage Complementarity of Human Rights & Business Initiatives, Including UN Treaty
ESCR-Net, 14 Jun 2016

Global treaty 'only realistic way' to stop supply chain abuse
Reuters, 1 Jun 2016

UN Treaty Must Address Corporate Capture
Treaty Alliance, 1 May 2016

What would you put in a treaty on human rights and business?
ESCR-Net & FIDH, 1 May 2016

South Africa Debates the Merits of the Proposed Treaty
Anna Bulman, Legal Resources Centre, 31 Mar 2016

Negotiations kick off on a binding treaty on business and human rights
Joe Zhang, IISD, 15 Feb 2016

UDAPT calls for a "Global Minga" to campaign for an international treaty to hold corporate criminals accountable
Natsumi Koike, Transnational Institute, 23 Dec 2015

Intervention at the UN Business Forum side event on binding Treaty
Mike Brady, Baby Milk Action, 18 Nov 2015

Event Summary: Towards a legally binding instrument on Business and Human Rights
European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), 2 Sep 2015

Towards a legally binding instrument on Business and Human Rights
Jérôme Chaplier, European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), 2 Sep 2015

The treaty process can serve as a catalyst for effective reforms at domestic levels
Geneviève Paul, FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), 2 Sep 2015

Human rights defenders must be at core of treaty process & outcomes
International Service for Human Rights, 12 Aug 2015

Negotiating and fighting for a binding treaty on business and human rights
Phil Bloomer, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, 27 Jul 2015

International talks on a treaty on business & human rights: A good start to a bumpy road
Carlos Lopez, International Commission of Jurists, 23 Jul 2015

Achieving a binding instrument on business & human rights: 3 lessons from the Arms Trade Treaty campaign
Marilyn Croser, CORE Coalition (UK), 22 Jul 2015

Influence of corporations in treaty process would undermine affected communities' interests
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development. 21 Jul 2015

TTIP and UN Treaty: EU must stand up for human rights
European Coalition for Corporate Justice, Friends of the Earth Europe & International Federation for Human Rights, 16 Jul 2015

Unprecedented Discussions at the UN on a Business and Human Rights Treaty: Will States Walk the Talk?
FIDH, 13 Jul 2015

UN Business & Human Rights Framework: Time to open constructive discussions towards developing an international legally binding instrument
CIDSE, 30 Jun 2015

UN Treaty process on business and human rights. Initial Observations by the International Business Community on a Way Forward
Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, International Chamber of Commerce, International Organization of Employers & World Business Council for Sustainable Development, 29 Jun 2015

[Call for endorsement] Asia Pacific Civil Society's Demands for the Legally Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights
Asia Pacific civil society organizations, 22 Jun 2015

All States must participate in good faith in the UN intergovernmental working group on business and human rights
Amnesty International, 18 Jun 2015

Treaty Alliance joint statement calls for signatures in favour of proposed binding treaty to enhance corporate legal accountability for rights abuses
Treaty Alliance, May 2015

Shaping the treaty on business and human rights: views from Asia and the Pacific
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), 11 May 2015

First regional consultation in Thailand, FIDH and ESCR-Net Treaty Initiative
FIDH, 1 May 2015

Side-Event: Legally Binding Instrument on Business and Human Rights: European perspectives
CIDSE, FIAN International, FIDH, Franciscans International, Friends of the Earth Europe & International Commission of Jurists, 19 Mar 2015

FIDH and ESCR-Net New Joint "Treaty Initiative"
FIDH & ESCR-Net, 30 Jan 2015

Corporations have rights. Now we need a global treaty on their responsibilities
Salil Shetty, Amnesty International, in Guardian (UK), 21 Jan 2015

UN Business & Human Rights Framework: More action required at national and international level to stop human rights abuses by business
CIDSE, Dec 2014

Step up action on corporate abuses, create binding treaty on TNCs
Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo, IBON International, 01 Dec 2014

Unity in Diversity: the advocates for the Guiding Principles and binding treaty can be complementary
Phil Bloomer, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, 3 Nov 2014

The False Promise of an International Business and Human Rights Treaty
Aaron Rhodes, Freedom Rights Project, World Post, 10 Jul 2014

Treaties & The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights: The Way Forward
Caroline Rees (Shift) on CSRwire, 7 Jul 2014

Amnesty International position on the new UN process to elaborate a legally binding instrument on business and human rights
Amnesty International, 4 Jul 2014

Dispatches: A Treaty to End Corporate Abuses?
Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch, Jul 2014 

New Working Paper: Corporate Influence on the Business and Human Rights Agenda of the UN
Treaty Alliance, 18 Jun 2014

ICJ report - Business and Human Rights need international legally binding instruments
Treaty Alliance, 17 Jun 2014

Corporate Influence on the Business and Human Rights Agenda of the United Nations
Bischöfliches Hilfswerk MISEREOR, Brot für die Welt, Global Policy Forum, 1 Jun 2014 

[PDF] Corporate Influence on the Business and Human Rights Agenda of the United Nations
Bischöfliches Hilfswerk Misereor, Jun 2014

[PDF] Needs and Options for a New International Instrument in the Field of Business and Human Rights
International Commission of Jurists, Jun 2014

NGOs call on UK Govt. to support resolution on treaty on business & human rights at June session of UN Human Rights Council
CORE Coalition, Deighton Pierce Glynn, Friends of the Earth, Indigenous Peoples Links, London Mining Network, Rights and Accountability in Development, Traidcraft, World Development Movement, 14 May 2014

Global Movement for a Binding Treaty
FIDH, 7 May 2014

India must support a UN treaty to regulate corporations
Gopal Krishna, ToxicsWatch Alliance, 5 May 2014

CIDSE recommends intergovernmental process towards binding treaty on business & human rights
[PDF] Full text of briefing
CIDSE, 4 Apr 2014

Treaty Alliance re-opens statement calling on govts. to develop treaty on business & human rights for signatures
Treaty Alliance (CETIM, Dismantle Corporate Power Campaign, ESCR-Net, FIAN, FIDH, Franciscans Intl., Friends of the Earth Intl., Transnational Institute), Apr 2014

Legal accountability of non-State actors for human rights violations abroad: March developments in Geneva
Lucy McKernan, Global Initiative on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 31 Mar 2014

Ruggie versus Ecuador: Will a human rights norm ever emerge regardless of Western support?
Koldo Casla, for Rights in Context, 9 Feb 2014

[PDF] High Level Discussion on advancing Business and Human Rights in the Human Rights Council
International Commission of Jurists, Parallel event, 20th session Human Rights Council, 21 Jun 2012

100+ groups publicly call on United Nations to develop new binding instrument to address corporate human rights abuses
ESCR-Net, 13 Dec 2013

[PDF] Call for an international legally binding instrument on human rights, transnational corporations and other business enterprises
ESCR-Net, Food First Information and Action Network, International Federation for Human Rights & International Commission of Jurists, Nov 2013

Speech at UN Forum's Closing Plenary Session
Debbie Stothard, Intl. Federation for Human Rights & Altsean-Burma, 4 Dec 2013

Without Rules - A Failed Approach to Corporate Accountability
Christopher Albin-Lackey, Human Rights Watch, 2013, response to Christopher Albin-Lackey: Progress in Corporate Accountability, Prof. John Ruggie, Harvard Univ., former UN Special Representative on business & human rights, on Institute for Human Rights and Business, 4 Feb 2013  

Professor John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights

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On 28 January 2014, Professor John Ruggie released an issues brief in response to Ecuador's proposal for a legally binding instrument, and subsequent updates:

Get real or we'll get nothing: Reflections on the First Session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on a Business and Human Rights Treaty, 22 Jul 2015
Life in the Global Public Domain: Response to Commentaries on the UN Guiding Principles and the Proposed Treaty on Business and Human Rights
, 23 Jan 2015
Quo Vadis? Unsolicited Advice to Business and Human Rights Treaty Sponsors, 9 Sep 2014
Regulating Multinationals: The UN Guiding Principles, Civil Society, and International Legalization
, 30 Jul 2014
The Past as Prologue? A Moment of Truth for UN Business and Human Rights Treaty, 8 Jul 2014
International Legalization in Business and Human Rights, 11 Jun 2014
A UN Business and Human Rights Treaty Update, 1 May 2014
A UN Business and Human Rights Treaty? An Issues Brief by John G. Ruggie, 28 Jan 2014

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The Movement and the IGWiG
Mark Taylor, Research Director, Rights and Security, at the Fafo Research Foundation (Norway), 3 Jul 2015

Do Climate Negotiations Offer Lessons for UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights?
Scott Jerbi, Institute for Human Rights and Business, 19 Feb 2015

The Caravan toward Business Respect for Human Rights
Amol Mehra, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, 11 Feb 2015

A Business and Human Rights Treaty? More immediate actions would make a bigger difference
Salil Tripathi, Institute for Human Rights and Business, 26 Jun 2014 

A Business and Human Rights Treaty? International legalisation as precision tools
John Ruggie (Harvard Univ., former UN Special Representative on business & human rights) for Institute for Human Rights and Business, 13 Jun 2014

A Business and Human Rights Treaty? We shouldn't be afraid to frighten the horses
Peter Frankental, Amnesty International UK, 10 Jun 2014

A Business and Human Rights Treaty? Why Activists Should be Worried
Mark Taylor, Fafo Institute for Applied Intl. Studies, 4 Jun 2014

A business and human rights treaty? Smart strategies are needed to close accountability gaps
John Morrison, Institute for Human Rights and Business, 3 Jun 2014

Beyond the Guiding Principles? Examining new calls for a legally binding instrument on business and human rights
Peter Muchlinski, School of Oriental & African Studies, Institute for Human Rights and Business, 15 Oct 2013

Academics

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Human Rights: None of your business?
Gianna Merki, Politheor, Nov 2016

Treaty debate heats up at 2015 UN business and human rights forum
Shane Darcy, Business & Human Rights in Ireland, 23 Nov 2015

Business & Human Rights: How should we move forward?
Jernej Letnar Černič, Assistant Professor of Law, Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, 16 Nov 2015

Including Corporate Criminal Liability for International Crimes in the Business and Human Rights Treaty: Necessary but Insufficient
Nadia Bernaz, Middlesex University School of Law, 14 Oct 2015

Business and Human Rights: A study on the implications of the proposed binding treaty
Olga Fernández Sixto, University of Essex, 1 Oct 2015

Globalisation, human rights and business: Why a treaty is a moral and legal necessity
David Bilchitz, Univ. of Johannesburg (So. Africa), on Rightinfinance,14 Sep 2015

Direct International Corporate Human Rights Obligations: controversial but necessary
Nicolás Carrillo-Santarelli, La Sabana University, 24 Aug 2015

Closing the Gap. A Human Rights Approach to Regulating Corporations
Tori Loven Kirkebø, University of Oslo, 11 Aug 2015

Why we need to tread carefully in drawing up human rights rules for business
Danny Bradlow, Univ. of Pretoria, in Conversation, 29 Jul 2015

Summary of workshop on a treaty on business & human rights (Madrid, 29 Jun)
Autónoma de Madrid University & Graduate School of Government and European Studies

Business & Human Rights Treaty Debate: Lessons from the International Law Commission
Sara L Seck, Faculty of Law, Western University (Canada), 1 Jul 2015

Corporate Criminal Liability – Workshop on the Business and Human Rights Treaty at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Nadia Bernaz, Middlesex University School of Law, 1 Jul 2015

Anatomy of a business and human rights treaty?
Prof. Douglass Cassel, Notre Dame Law School & Prof. Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington School of Law, 25 Jun 2015

Regulatory initiatives on business & human rights: Where are the victims?
Surya Deva, associate professor School of Law, City University of Hong Kong, Jun 2015

Considering a treaty on corporations and human rights: Mostly failures but with a glimmer of success
Larry Catá Backer, Jun 2015

White Paper: Options for a Treaty on Business and Human Rights
Prof. Douglass Cassel, Notre Dame Law School & Prof. Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington School of Law, May 2015

Intl. Commission of Jurists holds workshop on proposed treaty on business & human rights
Doug Cassel, Notre Dame Law School, 1 Jun 2015

White Paper: Options for a Treaty on Business and Human Rights
Prof. Doug Cassel, Notre Dame Law School & Prof. Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington School of Law, May 2015

Key issues in the debate on a binding business and human rights instrument
Shane Darcy, NUI GALWAY, on Business & Human Rights in Ireland, 13 Apr 2015

How multinational companies keep avoiding the threat of regulation
Flor González Correa, Aston Univ., on Conversation (UK), 17 Mar 2015

Notes on the Holy See and the treaty on business & human rights [Apuntes sobre la Santa Sede y el tratado de empresas y derechos humanos]
Victoria Camarero Suárez & Francisco Javier Zamora Cabot, UJI de Castellón, Mar 2015

"It Isn't a State Problem": The Minas Conga Mine Controversy and the Need for Binding International Obligations on Corporate Actors
Cindy S. Woods, Georgetown University Law Center, 5 Mar 2015

The Moral and Legal Necessity for a Business and Human Rights Treaty
David Bilchitz, Univ. of Johannesburg, Feb 2015

Would a treaty be all it is made up to be?
Frédéric Mégret, McGill University, 4 Feb 2015

Of aims and means: More coordination and harmonization of efforts are critical to further progress on business and human rights
Josua Loots, Business & Human Rights Centre for Human Rights, Univ. of Pretoria, for Institute for Human Rights and Business, 29 Oct 2014

Corporate responsibility to respect human rights: Is the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights up to the task or is there a need for a Treaty on Business and Human rights?
Rashid Dumbuya, Univ. of Dundee, Oct 2014

The Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights at a Crossroads: The State, the Enterprise, and the Spectre of a Treaty to Bind them All
Larry Catá Backer, Pennsylvania State Univ. School of Law, 5 Jul 2014

[PDF] The effects of international business and human rights standards on investment trends and economic growth
Cassandra Melton, Jun 2014

[DOC] New inititative to end multinational companies impunity 
Alejandro Teitelbaum, Transnational Institute, Jus Semper, 29 May 2014

[PDF] To Bind or Not to Bind
Bonita Meyersfeld, University of Witwatersrand, May 2014

Multilateral Agreement on Investment: Time to Awaken the Beast? – A contribution to the “Business and Human Rights Treaty” Debate
Nadia Bernaz, Middlesex University, Rights as Usual, 28 Feb 2014

Governments

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The perfect, the good and unclear conflict lines
Harriet E. Berg, Minister Counsellor, Norwegian mission to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva, 10 Nov 2015

Brazil will engage with group to establish treaty on businesses and human rights
Friends of the Earth International, 3 Jun 2015

Transnational Misconduct Must End
Ricardo Patiño, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, in Huffington Post, 24 Oct 2014

 

Others

Binding treaty: What we can learn from NGO strategies in other treaty-drafting processesIrene Pietropaoli, Consultant on business and human rights, Nov 2016

Bringing Corporations to Justice With Ecuador's UN Representative
Abby Martin, TeleSur (Venezuela), 11 Aug 2016

The Proposed Business and Human Rights Treaty: Four Challenges and an Opportunity
Sara McBrearty, King & Spalding LLP, 7 Jul 2016

Whilst we wait for a binding treaty, Court endorses UN Guiding Principles
Chris Esdaile, Leigh Day, 7 Mar 2016

Puvan Selvanathan resigns from UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights, calling for a binding treaty
Global Policy Forum, 16 Dec 2015

Indigenous Peoples' Caucus Statement to the 4th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
Representatives of Indigenous Peoples from different world regions, 15 Nov 2015

Rerouting From the Treaty Road Most Travelled
Bellinda Chinowawa, University of Oxford, on Oxford Human Rights Hub, 9 Nov 2015

An International treaty On Business And Human Rights?
Donald Robertson, Herbert Smith Freehills, on Convectus Law (Australia), 30 Oct 2015

A binding international instrument on business & human rights should safeguard civic space
Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly & association, 8 Sep 2015

Limiting the application of the treaty to certain corporate entities could leave victims without access to remedy
Tom Mackall, Sodexo, 2 Sep 2015

Intergovt. Working Group on proposed treaty needs to have an inclusive & consultative process
International Organisation of Employers, 12 Aug 2015

What can we learn from industry interference around the global tobacco treaty?
Bobby Ramakant, writer for Citizen News Service, 21 Jul 2015

Is a Binding Treaty the Way Forward for Business and Human Rights?
Michael Kourabas, Triple Pundit, 14 Jul 2015

Natural resources sector: UN expert calls for binding human rights treaty for corporations
Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on rights of peaceful assembly & of association, 18 Jun 2015

Towards a Business and Human Rights Treaty
Si Chen, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, 1 Jun 2015

Business as usual on human rights?
Sudeep Chakravarti, Livemint (India), 15 May 2015

Opportunity to comment draft observations by international business on the UN business and human rights treaty process
International Organisation of Employers, 2 May 2015

What's the point of a business and human rights treaty?
Richard Karmel, Mazars UK, 15 Jan 2015

The Business and Human Rights Treaty Debate: Is Now the Time?
Puvan J Selvanathan, 26 Nov 2014

IOE and Employer's Federation of Western Switzerland (FER) host high-level conference on Business & Human Rights in Geneva, International Organisation of Employers & Employer's Federation of Western Switzerland, 20 Nov 2014

A trend to watch: John Ruggie on a binding treaty on business and human rights
iPolitics (Canada), 6 Oct 2014

Allens law firm considers implications of binding treaty on business & human rights for companies
Rachel Nicolson, Dora Banyasz & Freya Dinshaw, Allens (Australia), 18 Aug 2014 

Contentious Start For U.N. Process Toward Business And Human Rights Treaty
Carey L. Biron, MintPress News, 10 Jul 2014

Support a UN Treaty on Business & Human Rights
Advertisement by Global movement for a Binding Treaty on Financial Times, 18 Jun 2014 

Support for UN treaty against abuses sought (Philippines)
BusinessWorld, 2 Jun 2014 

U.N. Treaty on Corporate Rights Abuse Sees New Momentum
Independent European Daily Express, 7 May 2014

[PDF] Speech of Richard Howitt MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility to Seminar on "Purpose of the Corporation" with focus on European corporate governance rules 
European Parliament, Brussels, 11 Feb 2014

Human rights pressure on business
Sudeep Chakravarti, Livemint, 30 Jan 2014

Towards a legally binding treaty on human rights and multinational companies?
Chris Esdaile, Leigh Day & Co., 5 Dec 2013

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