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Reports to UN Human Rights Council > 2008 - incl. Addendum 2 - survey of scope & patterns of alleged corporate-related human rights abuse

2008 report by John Ruggie to Human Rights Council, and related materials

Main report & addenda

Main report: "Protect, Respect and Remedy: a Framework for Business and Human Rights" [PDF], 7 Apr 2008

Text of presentation of the report to the UN Human Rights Council [PDF], 3 Jun 2008
 - Video of presentation


Statement to UN Human Rights Council by John Ruggie on his mandate review [DOC], 5 June 2008

Speech by John Ruggie at Chatham House: "Next steps in business and human rights" [PDF], 22 May 2008

UN statement & govt. responses

United Nations: Human Rights Council reviews mandates on arbitrary executions, human rights of migrants, transnational corporations and extreme poverty, 5 Jun 2008

Government responses [scroll down to "Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises - Mr. John Ruggie"]

Responses & commentary - NGOs, experts & business groups

Dutch business groups (Commission on Multinational Enterprises of Confed. of Netherlands Industry & Employers - VNO-NCW; Intl. Chamber of Commerce-Netherlands): Comments on "Protect, Respect and Remedy" report [PDF], 9 Apr 2009

Dr Julian Oram, Head, Trade & Corporates Team, ActionAid: Letter to John Ruggie re renewal of the UN Special Procedure on Business and Human Rights [DOC], 30 Jun 2008  

Amnesty International: Submission to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General [DOC], Jul 2008

Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights: Initial statement on the report [PDF], May 2008

Center for Human Rights & Environment (CEDHA - Argentina):
"Closing the Governance Gap" (submission to UN Human Rights Council - click on "E"), 29 May 2008
- "UN Special Representative Releases Report on Human Rights and Business Calling for New UN Policy Framework to Address Corporate Abuse of Human Rights", 18 Apr 2008

Sir Geoffrey Chandler: "Business and human rights: Ruggie report – Finally, let the real work begin", in Ethical Corporation, 2 Jun 2008

Intl. Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE): "Human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises" [PDF] (submission to UN Human Rights Council), 23 May 2008
     - españolDerechos humanos y corporaciones transnacionales y otras actividades empresariales [PDF]

Intl. Indian Treaty Council (IITC): "Indigenous Peoples and human rights impacts of Transnational corporations" (submission to UN Human Rights Council - click on "E"), 26 May 2008

Intl. Council on Mining & Metals: "ICMM welcomes Ruggie report", 12 Jun 2008

Intl. Org. of Employers, Intl. Chamber of Commerce, Business & Industry Advisory Committee to OECD: Initial views on the report [PDF], May 2008

Joint NGO statement on the report, 20 May 2008, signatories are: Action Aid, Amnesty Intl., EarthRights, Friends of the Earth, Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), ESCR-Net, Human Rights Watch, Intl. Commission of Jurists, Oxfam Intl., Rights & Accountability in Development, Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
     - español: Declaración conjunta de ONGs sobre el reporte del representante especial John Ruggie 
     - français : Soumission conjointe d'ONGs au sujet du rapport du Représentant spécial John Ruggie

- Sir Geoffrey Chandler: Comment on the joint NGO statement [DOC]

Amnesty Intl.: Response to Sir Geoffrey Chandler [DOC]

Martin Lipton & Kevin S. Schwartz of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz: "A United Nations Proposal Defining Corporate Social Responsibility For Human Rights" [PDF] [legal commentary], 1 May 2008

Ira M. Millstein, E. Norman Veasey, Harvey Goldschmid, Steven Alan Reiss, Holly J. Gregory, Ashley R. Altschuler, of Weil, Gotshal & Manges: Legal commentary on the report [PDF], 22 May 2008

Misereor / Global Policy Forum"Problematic Pragmatism - The Ruggie Report 2008" [PDF], Jun 2008
     - Response by John Ruggie [PDF] to Misereor / Global Policy Forum, 2 Jun 2008

Professor Christiana Ochoa, Univ. of Indiana-Bloomington School of Law, in ASIL Insight: "The 2008 Ruggie Report: A Framework for Business and Human Rights", 18 Jun 2008

Andrew Hewett, Executive Director, Oxfam Australia: "Where business & human rights intersect", 4 Jun 2008

Robert Senser, Human Rights for Workers: "Multinationals, human rights, and UN", 3-part commentary, Apr 2008

Social investors: Statement to UN Human Rights Council [PDF], 3 Jun 2008
     - "Investors Support UN Business and Human Rights Mandate", Anne Moore Odell,, 11 Jun 2008

Ron Popper & John Ruggie in UN Global Compact Quarterly: "Where is the business and human rights agenda going?" - Interview with John Ruggie by Ron Popper, Head of Corporate Responsibility at ABB, Apr 2008

Media articles

Michael Goldhaber, American Lawyer magazine:
- "Analysis: The Millstein-Lipton Debate on UN Human Rights", 3 Jun 2008
- "A Sarbanes-Oxley for Human Rights?", 2 Jun 2008

Bill Baue in CSRWire: review of responses to the report, 17 Jun 2008

Economist: "Beyond the 'genocide Olympics' - firms are expected to act on human rights", 24 Apr 2008

Peter Davis, Political Editor, Ethical Corporation: "Business and human rights: Ruggie report – Ignore human rights at your peril", 2 Jun 2008
     - Response by John Ruggie [PDF], 5 Jun 2008

Frances Williams, Financial Times"Human Rights Duty for Business", 6 Jun 2008