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[DOC] Response of Professor John Ruggie to NGO Declaration re 2013 UN Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean
Author: Professor John Ruggie, Harvard Kennedy School, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights, Published on: 28 August 2013
...[The] Declaration a group of NGOs issued prior to the Medellin workshop...repeats a claim that is highly misleading. I did not leave the UN to go work for Barrick Gold. When my mandate ended I returned to full-time teaching at Harvard, and subsequently agreed to do (very) part time advisory work with the CSR practice of the law firm Foley Hoag. In that context, I have worked with a number of corporate clients, including Barrick. I have done the same with several governments and international institutions, and informally with NGOs. Each seeks my advice on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles. I also chair two non-profits dedicated to the same goal.