Submissions to consultation on draft Guiding Principles

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On 22 November 2010, Special Representative Ruggie proposed draft "Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework".

- Announcement [PDF]
- Draft report by Special Representative Ruggie with full text of Guiding Principles & commentaries [PDF]

The draft Guiding Principles were open for comment, by email submission to this page or at Special Representative Ruggie's online consultation forum, from their launch until 31 January 2011.  The full online consultation forum and all comments that were posted to it are archived in this document [PDF].

Following the end of the consultation, Special Representative Ruggie issued this release:
"Public consultation on draft U.N. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights attracts input from 120 countries" [PDF], 2 Feb 2011

Below are all submissions to the Special Representative that Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is aware of.  See also Commentaries on the draft Guiding Principles (published comments, articles, briefings and other statements not formally submitted as feedback to the Special Representative). 

Submissions

Susan Aaronson, Associate Research Prof. of Intl. Affairs, George Washington Univ.:
- comment on Guiding Principle 18 re Human rights due diligence - tracking [PDF], 12 Jan 2011
- comment on Guiding Principle 14 re Policy commitment [PDF], 30 Dec 2010

Accountability Counsel (USA):
- Comments re draft Guiding Principles [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Advisory Council to OECD:
- Joint IOE-ICC-BIAC Comments on the Draft Guiding Principles [PDF], 26 Jan 2011

Almeida Ashley, Prof. of Development and Equity at Intl. Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam:
- comment on Preface [PDF], 23 Nov 2010

Amnesty International, CIDSE, ESCR-Net, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID): "Joint Civil Society Statement on the draft Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" [PDF], 14 Jan 2011

 

Amnesty International:
- "Comments on the United Nations Special Representative['s]...Draft Guiding Principles and on Post-Mandate Arrangements" [PDF], 17 Dec 2010

AquaFed - Intl. Federation of Private Water Operators:
- Comments on draft Guiding Principles [PDF], 28 Jan 2011

Australian Human Rights Commission:
- "Submission on the Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

BankTrack:
- "Proposed changes to the Guiding Principles" [PDF], 26 Jan 2011

BASF:
- "BASF Comments" [PDF], 21 Jan 2011, regarding:
Preface; Guiding Principles 5 (re Fostering business respect for human rights), 14 (re Policy commitment), 15 (re Human rights due diligence), 16 (re Human rights due diligence - assessing), 18 (re Human rights due diligence - tracking), 21 (re Issues of context), 27 (re Non-state-based grievance mechanisms - operational level)

BDA (Confederation of German Employers' Associations): 
"German employers’ position on the 'Guiding Principles'", 21 Dec 2010

BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions for Palestine):
- "Palestinian Civil Society Statement on the draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], Jan 2011

Dr. Nadia Bernaz, Lecturer - Programme Leader MA Human Rights and Business, Middlesex University Business School, Law Dept.:
- comments on Guiding Principles, 24-25 Nov 2010:
    - 11 re State duty to protect - Multilateral institutions [PDF]
    - 12 re Corp. responsibility to respect - Foundational principles [PDF]

Boston Common Asset Management (USA):
- "Submission...on the Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], Jan 2011

Business in the Community Ireland:
- "Public Consultation: 'Guiding Principles...'" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Carey & Allende law firm (Chile):
"Comments on draft Guiding Principles" [DOC] re Guiding Principles 13 (re Corporate responsibility to respect human rights: Foundational principles), 15 (Human rights due diligence), 24 (State-based judicial mechanisms), 28 Jan 2011

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash Univ. (Australia) - prepared by Sarah Joseph & Adam McBeth:
- "Submission...on Proposed Guiding Principles" [PDF], Jan 2011

Larry Catá Backer, Prof. of Law, Pennsylvania State Univ. (USA):
- comments on Guiding Principles, 14-18 Jan 2011:
    - 12 re Corporate responsibility to respect - Foundational principles [PDF]
    - 13 re Corporate responsibility to respect - Foundational principles [PDF]
    - 23 re Access to remedy - Foundational principle [PDF]

Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA) (Argentina):
- "Comments to the report of the Special Representative...[on] Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Jernej Letnar Černič, Lecturer in Human Rights, Faculty of State and European Studies and European Faculty of Law (Slovenia):
- "Comments on the Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Rachel Chambers, Barrister, Cloisters, and Katherine Tyler, Barrister, 9-12 Bell Yard (UK):
- "Response and comments on John Ruggie's Guiding Principles" [DOC], 31 Jan 2011

Sir Geoffrey Chandler, Founder-Chair, Amnesty Intl. UK Business Group 1991-2001, former Director General, UK National Economic Development Office, former Director, Shell Intl.:
- comment on Guiding Principle 12 re Corporate responsibility to respect - Foundational principles [PDF], 18 Jan 2011

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
- "Submission...on the...Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

CIDSE - co-signed by 11 other organizations including CAFOD (UK), Cereal (Mexico), FOCARFE (Cameroon), Misereor (Germany), Philippine Misereor Partnership:
- Comments re Guiding Principles [PDF], 31 Jan 2011
- version française : Soumission au sujet des Principes Directeurs proposés par le Représentant Spécial [PDF], 31 janvier 2011, signée par CIDSE, CAFOD (UK), Cereal (Mexique), FOCARFE (Cameroun), Misereor (Allemagne), Philippine Misereor Partnership et 5 autres ONG 

Commission on Multinational Enterprises of the Confederation of Netherlands’ Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW):
"Comments...on the Draft UN Guiding Principles" [DOC], 31 Jan 2011

Compliance and Capacity International, LLC:
comment on Guiding Principle 12 re Corporate responsibility to respect - Foundational principles [PDF], 21 Jan 2011

Control Risks:
- Comments re Guiding Principles [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Danish Council on Corporate Social Responsibility:
- "Comments to the SRSG John Ruggie" [PDF], 28 Jan 2011

Danish 92 Group:
- "Submission by the Danish 92 Group on the draft report on 'Guiding Principles...'" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Kris Douma, Head of Responsible Investment & Active Ownership, Mn Services (Netherlands):
- "Comments submitted to consultation"[DOC], 24 Jan 2011

Kathryn Dovey, Institute for Human Rights and Business; Jane Gronow, Rio Tinto; Kate Grosser, Nottingham Univ. Business School; Deanna Kemp, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Univ. of Queensland; Bonita Meyersfeld, Univ. of the Witwatersrand:
- "Comments on the draft ‘Guiding Principles’...: Integrating a gender perspective" [PDF], Jan 2011

Cathal Doyle, Dept. of Law, Middlesex Univ. (UK):
- "Comments on the Guiding Principles...in the context of ensuring respect for indigenous peoples' rights" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Earthjustice, Human Rights Advocates, Right Respect: 
"Comments on the Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework”, 13 Jan 2011

EarthRights International:
- "Comments of EarthRights International on the Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Entreprises pour les Droits de l’Homme (EDH):
Submission to John Ruggie regarding the draft Guiding Principles [PDF], 25 Jan 2011

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights:
- "Position Paper" [PDF], 27 Jan 2011
(see also comments by Robert Grabosch of ECCHR on individual Principles, below)

Robert Grabosch, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights
- comments on Guiding Principles, 10 Dec 2010-22 Jan 2011:
    - 1 re State duty to protect [PDF]
    - 5 re Fostering business respect for human rights [PDF]
    - 11 re State duty to protect - Multilateral institutions [PDF]
    - 12 re Corporate responsibility to respect - Foundational principles [PDF]

European Union:
- "EU comments on the draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Favio Farinella, professor of human rights & intl. law, Argentina:
- comment on Guiding Principle 20 re Remediation [PDF], 30 Dec 2010

French Government:
- "Written contribution of France regarding the final recommendations of the Special Representative" [DOC], 31 Jan 2011
- version française : "Contribution écrite de la France à propos des recommandations finales du Représentant Spécial" [DOC], 31 janvier 2011

Global Unions:
- "Draft Guiding Principles...: Global Unions' Response" [PDF], Jan 2011

Cathie Guthrie, Company2Keep:
- comments on Guiding Principles, 12 Jan 2011:
    - 2 re State duty to protect - Foundational principles [PDF]
    - 12 re Corporate responsibility to respect - Foundational principles [PDF]
    - 22 re Issues of context - Prioritizing actions [PDF]
    - comment on Definitions [PDF]

James Harrison, Co-Director of Centre for Human Rights in Practice, School of Law, Univ. of Warwick (UK):
- "A Response to the Guiding Principles" [DOC], 31 Jan 2011

Henderson Global Investors:
- "Henderson’s Sustainable & Responsible Investment (SRI) Team Response to the Consultation on the...Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], Jan 2011

Hermes Equity Ownership Services (UK):
- "Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie re Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011 [also on behalf of Hermes clients: BBC Pension Trust, Lothian Pension Fund, Natl. Pension Reserve Fund of Ireland, PKA of Denmark, PNO Media (Netherlands), Canada’s Public Sector Pensions Investment Board, VicSuper (Australia)]
- "Complicity: Companies and Human Rights" [PDF], Dec 2010

Human Rights Law Resource Centre [Australia]:
- comments on Guiding Principles, 11-12 Jan 2011:
    - 2 re State duty to protect - Foundational principles [PDF]
    - 5 re Fostering business respect for human rights [PDF]
    - 15 re Human rights due diligence [PDF]
    - 23 re Access to remedy - Foundational principles [PDF]
    - full submission [PDF]

Institute for Human Rights and Business: 
Submission to the Special Representative [PDF], 25 Jan 2011

International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF):
-"IBLF's submission to the Special Representative on the Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

ICRC (Intl. Committee of the Red Cross):
- "Informal, non-exhaustive Comments of the ICRC on the Guiding Principles" [DOC], 28 Jan 2011

International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC):
- "Submission" [PDF], Jan 2011

International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM):
"Guiding Principles...: ICMM response" [PDF], 27 Jan 2011

Intl. Org. of Employers, Intl. Chamber of Commerce, Business & Industry
UN Global Compact Working Group on Human Rights:
- Cover letter by Georg Kell and Sir Mark Moody-Stuart [PDF], 25 Jan 2011
- "Statement by the Global Compact Human Rights Working Group to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on business and human rights" [PDF], Jan 2011

Investors Against Genocide:
- "Investors Against Genocide's submission to the SRSG on the Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

IPIECA (International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association):
- "Views of IPIECA Members" [PDF], 28 Jan 2011

Joint statement signed by 20 organizations including Amnesty Intl., Center for Economic & Social Rights, Community Law Centre (So. Africa), ESCR-net, FIAN Intl., FIDH, Friends of the Earth Intl., Green Advocates (Liberia), Greenpeace, Habitat International Coalition–Housing & Land Rights Network, People’s Health Movement, SALIGAN (Philippines), Social & Economic Rights Action Center (Nigeria); and 22 academics & other individuals:
- "States’ obligations to respect and protect human rights abroad: Joint Statement on John Ruggie’s Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], Jan 2011

Joint statement signed by 16 organizations including Community Law Centre (So. Africa), European Center for Constitutional & Human Rights, FIAN Intl., FIDH, Friends of the Earth Intl., Green Advocates (Liberia), Habitat International Coalition–Housing & Land Rights Network, People’s Health Movement, SALIGAN (Philippines), Social & Economic Rights Action Center (Nigeria); and 21 academics & other individuals:
- "Companies’ obligations to respect human rights abroad - Joint Statement" [PDF], Jan 2011

Anita Kelles-Viitanen, chair of Attac Finland & vice member of Finland Advosory Board on Corporate Responsibility:
- comment on Preface [PDF], 23 Nov 2010

Kenya multi-stakeholder forum, hosted by Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Kenya): 
- Comments on draft Guiding Principles: "Business and human rights in the context of Kenya" [DOC], Jan 2011
- List of participants [DOC]

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights:
- Comments on draft Guiding Principles [DOC], Jan 2011

John Knox, Prof. of Law, Wake Forest Univ. (USA):
-comments on Guiding Principles, 12-17Jan 2011:
   - comment on Preface [PDF]
   - 1 re State duty to protect - Foundational principles [PDF]
   - 12 re Corporate responsibility to protect - Foundational principles [PDF]

Maplecroft (UK):
- "Consultation note by Maplecroft on the Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], Jan 2011

Olivier Maurel, lecturer at Institute of Business Administration (Institut d'Administration d'Entreprises - Gustave Eiffel), University of Paris-Est Créteil, on behalf of Association of Francophone National Human Rights Institutions (l’Association francophone des commissions des droits de l’Homme - AFCNDH)
- "Comments on the Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework" [PDF], 13 Jan 2011
- version française : "Commentaires sur les Guiding principles for the implementation of the United Nations « Protect, Respect & Remedy » framework" [PDF], 13 janvier 2011

Robert McCorquodale, Director, British Inst. of Intl. & Comparative Law, Prof. of Intl. Law & Human Rights, Univ. of Nottingham (UK):
- Comments on draft Guiding Principles [DOC], Jan 2011

Professor Maurice Mendelson QC, Blackstone Chambers:
"Comments...on draft Guiding Principles" [DOC], 30 Jan 2011

Ola Mestad, Centre for European Law/Department of Petroleum and Energy Law, Univ. of Oslo; Senior Global Research Fellow, New York Univ. School of Law; member of Norwegian Govt. Pension Fund - Council on Ethics:
- "Comments to draft Guiding Principles" [DOC], 22 Jan 2011

MiningWatch Canada:
- "Comments on the draft Guiding Principles" [DOC], 31 Jan 2011

Monkey Forest Consulting:
- "Comments on the Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 30 Jan 2011

Peter Muchlinski, Professor in International Commercial Law, School of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London:
- "Comments on the Draft Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights" [DOC], 24 Jan 2011

MVO Platform [Netherlands]:
- Submission on draft Guiding Principles [DOC], Jan 2011, submitted to Guiding Principle 12 re Foundational Principles [PDF]

Faris Natour, Director, Human Rights, at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR):
Submission on the Guiding Principles [PDF], Jan 201

NEI Investments (Canada):
Letter "Re: Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Nomogaia: 
- "Nomogaia's submission to the SRSG on the Draft Guidance Principles"[PDF], 6 Dec 2010
comment on Guiding Principle 21 re Issues of context [PDF], 13 Dec 2010

Norske Kveners Forbund (Norway):
"Comments from the Kveni minority in Norway" [DOC], 27 Jan 2011

Norwegian Government (letter from Erik Lahnstein, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs): 
Comments on draft Guiding Principles [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Michael Nyongesa Wabwile, Senior Lecturer, Moi University School of Law (Kenya): 
"Comments on John Ruggie's Draft Guiding Principles" [DOC], 18 Jan 2011

Oxfam International (with cover letter by Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director):
"Oxfam International’s Perspective on the Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Chip Pitts, Visiting Professor, Minnesota Human Rights Center; Lecturer in Law, Stanford Univ. School of Law; Professorial Lecturer, Oxford Univ.:
"Comments on Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC):
"A Submission...Regarding Guiding Principles" [PDF], Jan 2011

Matt Crossman, Rathbone Greenbank Investments:
-comments on Guiding Principles, 12 Jan 2011:  
   - 3 re Ensuring policy coherence [PDF]
   - 6 re State-business nexus [PDF]
   - 7 re State-business nexus – outsourcing [PDF]
   - 10 re Supporting business respect for human rights in conflict-affected areas [PDF]
   - 14 re Policy commitment [PDF]
   - 15 re Human rights due diligence [PDF]
   - 20 re Remediation [PDF]
   - 28 re Non-state-based grievance mechanisms – collaborative [PDF]

Responsible Mineral Sector Initiative, Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser Univ. (Canada):
"Comments on the draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Scottish Human Rights Commission:
"Consultation Comment" [DOC], 27 Jan 2011

Sherpa (France):
"Comments on J Ruggie's draft of the Guiding Principles" [PDF], Jan 2011

SOMO (Netherlands):
"SOMO response to the draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Social Accountability Intl.:
"Comments on the Draft Guiding Principles" [DOC], 31 Jan 2011

Sustainalytics:
Input of Sustainalytics on the Guiding Principles [PDF], Jan 2011

Talisman Energy:
[PDF] "Talisman Energy's Comments to Draft Guiding Principles"
, Dec 2010

Lauri Tanner, human rights researcher, student at Golden Gate Univ. School of Law (USA):
"Proposal for a Human Rights Chapter in the OECD Guidelines for MNE’s 2011 Update & Commentary for Professor Ruggie’s Guiding Principles", [PDF] 31 Jan 2011

N.A.J. Taylor, doctoral candidate & lecturer, La Trobe Univ. (Australia); principal, Taylor McKellar:
- comments on Guiding Principles, 22 Nov-14 Dec 2010:
    - comment on Introduction [PDF]
    - comment on Definitions [PDF]
    - comment on Preface [PDF]
    - 1 re State duty to protect - Foundational principles [PDF]
    - 2 re State duty to protect - Foundational principles [PDF]
    - 5 re Fostering business respect for human rights [PDF]
    - 6 re State-business nexus [PDF]
    - 8 re State-business nexus - State support [PDF]
    - 9 re Commercial transactions of the state [PDF]
    - 10 re Supporting business respect for human rights in conflict-affected areas [PDF]
    - 11 re State duty to protect - Multilateral institutions [PDF]

Robert C. Thompson, retired partner, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae law firm (now Dewey & LeBoeuf); Dr. Daniel Schydlowsky, Center for Business & Government at Harvard Kennedy School, CENTRUM Business School at Catholic University of Peru, Boston Institute for Developing Economies: 
Comments re Guiding Principles [DOC], 31 Jan 2011

TwentyFifty (UK):
"TwentyFifty’s comments on the UN Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

UK Govt.:
"UK Government Comments on the Draft UN Guiding Principles" [PDF], Jan 2011
Cover letter from Minister of State Jeremy Browne to Ruggie [PDF], 31 Jan 2011
Jul 2009 letter exchange between Daniel Bethlehem QC (Legal Adviser to UK Govt.) and John Ruggie

Liz Umlas, human rights researcher:
- comments on Guiding Principles, 20-30 Dec 2010:
    - 5 re Fostering business respect for human rights [PDF]
    - 14 re Policy commitment [PDF]
    - 15 re Human rights due diligence [PDF]

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Secretariat:
"Comments from the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues regarding the document entitled “Guiding Principles...'" [DOC], Jan 2011

UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD):
"Comments on the 'Guiding Principles'" [PDF], Jan 2011

UNI Global Union:
"Comments on the Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], Jan 2011

US Chamber of Commerce:
"Comments...on the Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform:
"Comments on the Draft Guiding Principles" [PDF], 31 Jan 2011

Vigeo (France):
"Remarques sur le projet de rapport du Représentant du Secrétaire Général des Nations-Unies" [PDF], 24 janvier 2011

Randini Wanduragala, Consultant, Shared Profits
Comments on draft Guiding Principles [DOC], 31 Jan 2011

Eberhard v. Wangenheim, Marston Capital Partners:
- "Guiding Principles: Applicability for Financial Institutions" [PDF], 26 Jan 2011

World Legal Forum, Buren van Velzen Guelen, Institute for Environmental Security, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn:
Comments on draft Guiding Principles: "The need for a worldwide dispute management facility" [PDF], 28 Jan 2011

For additional submissions to the Special Representative on an early outline of the Guiding Principles, by Amnesty Intl. and Intl. Business Leaders Forum, see the 2010 submissions to the Special Representative.