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[DOC] Launch of project by the UN SRSG on business and human rights to pilot principles for company-level grievance mechanisms

Author: UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on business and human rights, John Ruggie, Published on: 19 August 2009

The...SRSG is delighted to announce the launch of a pilot project to test the Principles for non-judicial, company-level mechanisms set out in his 2008 and 2009 reports...The Principles require that such mechanisms be: legitimate, accessible, predictable, equitable, rights-compatible, transparent and based in dialogue and/or mediation. The pilot will involve five companies...Cerrejon in Colombia - a joint venture of Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Xstrata...Esquel Group based in Hong Kong, China – piloting a mechanism at their apparel facility in Vietnam....Hewlett-Packard – working on a mini-pilot (see below) with two of their suppliers in China...Sakhalin II in Russia –working with Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, the joint venture of Shell, Gazprom, Mitsui and Mitsubishi Corp...Tesco – working with a group of their fruit suppliers in South Africa.

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Related companies: Anglo American BHP (formerly BHP Billiton) Cerrejón Coal (joint venture Anglo American, BHP & Glencore) Esquel Gazprom HP (Hewlett-Packard) Mitsubishi Group Mitsui Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) Sakhalin Energy (joint venture Shell, Gazprom, Mitsui, & Mitsubishi) Tesco Xstrata (part of Glencore)