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2013

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Ariel Meyerstein, Chadbourne & Parke: "Are big banks short-selling their leverage over human rights?",  Guardian (UK) 31 Oct 2013

Conectas, Dejusticia & Justiça Global: Observatory of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, first publication: Oct 2013

Surya Deva (City Univ. of Hong Kong), David Bilchitz (Univ. of Johannesburg), eds.: "Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect? [book]", 1 Nov 2013
- John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights:  Comments on "Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect", 17 Dec 2013

John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights: "Making the UN Guiding Principles Real for Corporate Lawyers", on Microsoft on these Issues blog, 18 Oct 2013

Anna Turrell & Jon Woodhead, DNV Two Tomorrows: "Business and human rights: does reality match the rhetoric?", on Guardian Sustainable Business blog (UK), 16 Oct 2013

Cornelia Heydenreich, Germanwatch: "NGOS: Berlin Lags On Business And Human Rights", Deutsche Welle, 5 Jul 2013
Interview with Cornelia Heydenreich of Germanwatch

Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable (US-based coalition of NGOs): Letter to US Govt. calling for its effective implementation of the UN Guiding Principles [PDF], 24 July 2013

Michael Addo, member of the UN Working Group on business & human rights: "Michael Addo: What’s So Special about the United Nations Approach to Business and Human Rights?", Business Fights Poverty blog, 28 Jun 2013

Peter McAllister, Ethical Trading Initiative: "When words are not enough", Business Fights Poverty blog, 28 Jun 2013

Mark B. Taylor, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies: "Business, Human Rights Due Diligence and the Role of the State", Laws of Rule blog, 17 Jun 2013

Margaret Jungk, UN Working Group on business and human rights: "Shareholders Pressure McDonald's to Report Human Rights Impacts", Huffington Post Blog, 22 May 2013

Susan Ariel Aaronson and Ian Higham: ""Re-righting Business": John Ruggie and the Struggle to Develop International Human Rights Standards for Transnational Firms", Human Rights Quarterly, May 2013

Louis V. Galdieri: "Ruggie and the Red Priest – A Lesson in Listening", Louis V. Galdieri's Blog, 22 May 2013

Joanne Bauer, Columbia Univ.: "Does Human Rights Language Matter?", CSRwire 16 May 2013
"...if we are to take the UN Guiding Principles seriously...a conversation [with companies using human rights language is one] that we shouldn’t -- and don’t need to -- shy away from."

Greg Asbed, Co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers: "UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights 'Impressed' With Fair Food Program", 16 May 2013, Huffington Post Blog
"[T]he CIW's Fair Food Program and the UN's Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights [are] arriving at the same place from very distinct points of departure: The human rights crisis is urgent, the safeguards in place are undeniably inadequate, and the key to a real, lasting solution is the participation -- better yet, the leadership -- of those affected by the abuses themselves."

Jonathan Kaufman, EarthRights Intl.: "U.S. "Approach on Business and Human Rights" Neglects Remedies for Victims", 3 May 2013

John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights: "Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights", John Gerard Ruggie, Mar 2013
Book describes history of & challenges in the development of UN Guiding Principles.

John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights:Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights provide "granual elaboration" of UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights on security issues, says John Ruggie, 13 Mar 2013
Keynote address at Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights annual plenary

Council on Foreign Relations: "Business and Human Rights" podcast, 6 Mar 2013

CIDSE: Briefing for civil society: "The UN Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework & Guiding Principles: Driving Change?", Mar 2013

John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights: "Much more to be done" to implement Guiding Principles (with video), 2013 Sackler Lecture at Univ. of Connecticut, 28 Feb 2013

Christopher Albin-Lackey, Human Rights Watch: "Without Rules - A Failed Approach to Corporate Accountability", Feb 2013
- [response] John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights: "Progress in Corporate Accountability", Feb 2013

Aron Cramer, President & CEO, BSR: "A Look Ahead: 2013", 8 Jan 2013

Mimin Dwi Hartono, investigator National Commission on Human Rights, Indonesia: "Corporations' complicity in human rights abuses", in Jakarta Post, 3 Jan 2013

Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch: "Relections on the state of business and human rights", 2 Jan 2013

Steven Wilding, Ethical Corporation: "You have nothing to fear but fear itself", Jan 2013

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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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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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21 October 2013

Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade on Business and Human Rights

Author: Shane Darcy, Business & Human Rights in Ireland

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade...[was] asked...if a national implementation plan for the...Guiding Principles for business and human rights is currently being prepared...and if there will be an opportunity for interested parties to participate...

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16 October 2013

Business and human rights: does reality match the rhetoric?

Author: Anna Turrell & Jon Woodhead, DNV Two Tomorrows, on Guardian Sustainable Business blog (UK)

The Tomorrow's Value Rating 2013 (TVR) an annual study conducted by DNV Two Tomorrows, underlines the difficulties of moving from agreement to execution [on business & human rights]. Over half of the assessed companies support the UNGPs, but they...

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24 July 2013

[PDF] Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable letter to US Govt. re implementation of UN Guiding Principles on business & human rights

Author: Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) is a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations that creates, promotes and defends legal frameworks to ensure corporations respect human rights in their...

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5 July 2013

NGOS: Berlin Lags On Business And Human Rights [Germany]

Author: Deutsche Welle (Germany)

[Interview with Cornelia Heydenreich of Germanwatch.] Germanwatch and other human rights organizations are criticizing the German government because we think the UN guiding principles are the most important instrument on business and human rights on...

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28 June 2013

When words are not enough

Author: Peter McAllister, Ethical Trading Initiative, on Business Fights Poverty blog

[W]e all share at least part of the responsibility for the conditions that allowed the Rana Plaza disaster to happen...This concept of shared responsibility sits at the very heart of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...The UN...

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17 June 2013

Business, Human Rights Due Diligence and the Role of the State

Author: Mark B. Taylor, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies, Laws of Rule blog

What is new about the Guiding Principles…is that they elaborate a definition of what it means for a company to respect human rights…that a business is responsible for its impacts…and that it should take steps – due diligence – to ensure its activities...

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22 May 2013

Ruggie and the Red Priest – A Lesson in Listening

Author: Louis V. Galdieri's Blog

From the introduction to the final chapter [of Just Business], Ruggie emphasizes the need for businesses to listen to stakeholders and host communities as well as the serious consequences that failing to listen can have...When Ruggie met with Father...

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22 May 2013

Shareholders Pressure McDonald's to Report Human Rights Impacts

Author: Margaret Jungk, UN Working Group on business and human rights, in Huffington Post Blog

On May 23, McDonald's shareholders will vote on a resolution requesting that the company identify and publicly report its human rights impacts. The resolution...requests that McDonald's performs...'human rights due diligence' in their operations, and...

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