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UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework > Guiding Principles > Commentaries

On 24 March 2011, Special Representative Ruggie issued "Guiding Principles on Busienss and Human Rights", for the consideration of the UN Human Rights Council at its June 2011 session.  The Council endorsed the Guiding Principles on 16 June 2011.  Below are commentaries on the Guiding Principles following their issuance.

(These do not include commentaries on the draft of the Guiding Principles issued in November 2010; for those, click here.  See also the statements made to the Human Rights Council in the May-June 2011 session when it considered the Guiding Principles.)

Wambui Kimathi & Louiza Kabiru, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights: How the UN human rights framework affects business, in Business Daily (Kenya), 16 Jun 2011

Business for Social Responsibility: BSR Media Backgrounder: United Nations Vote This Week Marks a Milestone for Global Business and Human Rights, 14 Jun 2011

MiningWatch Canada: Having the Ruggie Pulled Out From Under Us: From “Sanction and Remedy” to non-judicial grievance mechanisms, 6 Jun 2011
- Ruggie response [DOC]

Singapore Management Univ. School of Law - Asian Peace-building & Rule of Law Programme; Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN; Univ. of California-Berkeley War Crimes Studies Centre; Mazars: Joint Note to the SRSG (Business & Human Rights) - Follow-Up Actions in South-east Asia [PDF], 1 Jun 2011

CIVICUS: Comments on Final Report of UN Special Representative Ruggie, 1 June 2011

FIAN International & 27 other NGOs:
Statement to the Human Rights Council [PDF], 30 May 2011
 - en español: Declaración Dirigida a las Delegaciones del Consejo de Derechos Humanos [PDF], 30 mayo 2011

Association for Progressive Communications: Oral Statement to the Human Rights Council, 30 May 2011  

Intl. Org. of Employers, Intl. Chamber of Commerce, Business & Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD: Joint Statement on Business and Human Rights to the United Nations Human Rights Council [PDF], 30 May 2011 

Intl. Trade Union Confed.: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 27 May 2011

Coca-Cola: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 26 May 2011

Intl. Bar Association:
Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 25 May 2011

Intl. Council on Mining & Metals: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 25 May 2011

Flextronics: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 25 May 2011

JSL: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 24 May 2011

Cerrejón: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 24 May 2011

ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 23 May 2011

Total: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 23 May 2011

CIDSE: Briefing for the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council [PDF], 20 May 2011
- en français : Note d’information en vue de la 17ème session du Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU [PDF], mai 2011

General Electric: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 20 May 2011

29 institutional investors including APG, Aviva, Boston Common, Calvert, F&C, Henderson, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, NEI, Norges Bank, PGGM, SEIU Master Trust, Storebrand, Co-operative, Triodos, Universities Superannuation Scheme: "Investor statement in support of the Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights" [PDF], May 2011

Sime Darby: Letter to Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 20 May 2011

Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (So. Africa): Letter to Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 19 May 2011

Weil, Gotshal & Manges: Letter to Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 19 May 2011

Herbert Smith: Letter to Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 18 May 2011

Mannheimer Swartling (Sweden): Corporate Social Responsibility Update - Guiding Principles for business and human rights [PDF], 18 May 2011

Foley Hoag (USA): "U.N. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights" [PDF], May 2011

Alejandro Teitelbaum, Jus Semper Global Alliance: "Observations on the Final Report of the Special Representative...John Ruggie" [PDF], May 2011
 - [español]: "Observaciones al Informe final del Relator Especial John Ruggie..." [PDF], mayo 2011

Clifford Chance: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 13 May 2011

Intl. Senior Lawyers Project: "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" [PDF], 12 May 2011

TIAA-CREF: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 10 May 2011

Sakhalin Energy: Letter to UN Special Representative Ruggie [PDF], 5 May 2011

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch (Brazil): "UN Guiding Principles for business & human rights" [PDF], May 2011

NautaDutilh (Netherlands): "Business & Human Rights: an update on recent developments" [PDF], 2 May 2011

Ergon Associates: "Protect, Respect and Remedy: what does Ruggie's framework mean for ethical trade?", 13 Apr 2011

UN Special Representative John Ruggie, on Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation: "UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights", 9 Apr 2011

Allens Arthur Robinson (Australia): "Focus: UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights", 6 Apr 2011

AIDS Accountability International: "UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", 5 Apr 2011

DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (So. Africa): "Human Rights and Business Alert: Advanced Edited Version of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Business" [PDF], Apr 2011

Emily Howie, Human Rights Law Centre (Australia): "Ruggie Releases Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", Apr 2011

Scott Jerbi, Institute for Human Rights and Business: "Are Companies Ready to Implement UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?", 31 Mar 2011

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (USA): "ICCR Welcomes the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights", 25 Mar 2011

Luke Wilde, TwentyFifty: "New UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights: A business briefing", 24 Mar 2011

Emily Howie, Human Rights Law Centre (Australia),