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12 introductory reports on business & human rights

These 12 introductory reports from a range of sources provide an overview of business & human rights issues. 

"Business and human rights: Towards operationalizing the “protect, respect and remedy” framework" [PDF]
John Ruggie, UN Special Representative on business & human rights, 22 Apr 2009.  Also John Ruggie's previous reports to UN Human Rights Council.
   - también disponible en español [DOC]
   - aussi disponible en français [PDF]

"Human Rights: A Global Perspective"
Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights & President of Ireland, Director of Realizing Rights, remarks to UN Global Compact U.S. Network Meeting, 28 Apr 2008
"Human rights translated: A business reference guide" [PDF]
Castan Centre, Intl. Business Leaders Forum, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Global Compact, Dec 2008

"Business, human rights and accountability" [PDF]
Nicholas Howen, Secretary-General, Intl. Commission of Jurists, 21 Sep 2005

"A Practical Handbook on Business and Human Rights"
María Prandi & Joseph M. Lozano, Escola de Cultura de Pau & ESADE Business School, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), 2009
   - [español] Guía práctica de derechos humanos para empresas, Septiembre 2006 

“The difference between CSR and human rights”
Christopher Avery, Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, in Corporate Citizenship Briefing, Aug-Sep 2006

“On the margins of profit – rights at risk in the global economy”
Human Rights Watch, 18 Feb 2008

"Red Flags - Liability risks for companies operating in high-risk zones"
International Alert & Fafo Institute, 2008

“ESCR-Net collective report on business & human rights”
ESCR-Net, 2008
   - tambièn disponible en español
   - sommaire disponible en français [PDF]

“Why all companies should address human rights” [PDF]
Christopher Avery, Annabel Short, Gregory Tzeutschler Regaignon, in ICCA Handbook on CSR and Corporate Culture, Sep 2006

“Human rights, it is your business” [PDF]
International Business Leaders Forum, 2005

“Beyond voluntarism: Human rights and the developing international legal obligations of companies”
International Council on Human Rights Policy, Jan 2002

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1 August 2006

[PDF] The difference between CSR and human rights

Author: Christopher Avery, Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, in Corporate Citizenship Briefing

A traditional CSR [corporate social responsibility] approach does not protect reputation, because it addresses only certain issues and leaves the company exposed on others. Only a human rights approach provides companies with a framework of globally...

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