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UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights - Commentaries

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- Commentaries

  • For commentaries on the Guiding Principles prior to their endorsement, click here.

  • For statements on implementation of the Guiding Principles submitted in response to the UN Secretary-General's 2012 call for input, click here.

We invite anyone making comments on the Guiding Principles to also send the comments to [email protected] for inclusion here.

Principles were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council on 16 June 2011.  Full text of its resolution




Larry Catá Backer (Penn State Law), Nabih Haddad (Michigan State Univ.), Tomonori Teraoka (Univ.of Tokyo) & Keren Wang (Pennsylvania State Univ.): "Democratizing International Business and Human Rights by Catalyzing Strategic Litigation: The Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the U.N. Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights from the Bottom Up", 14 Sep 2013

Christopher Albin-Lackey, Human Rights Watch: "Without Rules - A Failed Approach to Corporate Accountability", Feb 2013
[français] « L’absence de règles dans le monde des affaires », Christopher Albin-Lackey, Human Rights Watch, février 2013
[español] "Sin Normas", Chris Albin-Lackey, Human Rights Watch 2013
قواعد - المنهج الفاشل لمحاسبة المؤسسات التجارية
Christopher Albin-Lackey, Human Rights Watch 2013 كانون الثاني

Aron Cramer, President & CEO, BSR: "A Look Ahead: 2013", 8 Jan 2013

Mimin Dwi Hartono, investigator National Commission on Human Rights, Indonesia: "Corporations' complicity in human rights abuses", in Jakarta Post, 3 Jan 2013

Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch: "Relections on the state of business and human rights", 2 Jan 2013

Steven Wilding, Ethical Corporation: "You have nothing to fear but fear itself", Jan 2013



United Nations Association - United Kingdom: "UNA-UK releases 'think piece' on business and human rights", 9 Nov 2012

Nadia Bernaz, Middlesex University: "Enhancing Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations: Is Extraterritoriality the Magic Potion?", in Journal of Business Ethics, 8 Nov 2012

Jonathan Bonnitcha, London School of Economics: "The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: the implications for enterprises and their lawyers" in Business and Human Rights Review, Autumn 2012

español: Alejandro Teitelbaum, Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas (CAOI): Comentarios al Informe del Secretario General de la ONU que será sometido al Consejo de Derechos Humanos en sus sesiones del 10 al 28 de setiembre de 2012, 12 septiembre 2012

Amanda Muñoz, Departamento de Derechos Humanos y Negocios del Instituto Danés de Derechos Humanos: "Los gobiernos deben proteger, las empresas respetar", 14 agosto 2012

Michelle Brown, CSR Asia: "Human Rights and Guiding Principles - Managing Risks and Impacts in Asia", 8 Aug 2012

James Harrison, University of Warwick: "An Evaluation of the Institutionalisation of Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence", 26 Jul 2012

Surya Deva, City Univ. of Hong Kong: "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implications for Companies", in European Company Law, Apr 2012

Penelope Simons, Univ. of Ottawa Faculty of Law - Common Law Section: "International law's invisible hand and the future of corporate accountability for violations of human rights", in Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Mar 2012

Peter Muchlinski, School of Oriental and African Studies: "Implementing the New UN Corporate Human Rights Framework: Implications for Corporate Law, Governance, and Regulation", in Business Ethics Quarterly, Jan 2012



Global CSR:A Game Changer [PDF], Nov 2011

Jack Ucciferri, Harrington Investments: "The People at the Head of the Table Are Talking Past the People Sitting Around the Table", in Huffington Post [USA], 27 Oct 2011
- John Morrison, Institute for Human Rights and Business: Response, 27 Oct 2011
- Jack Ucciferri: Rejoinder, 7 Nov 2011

Southern Lights Group, "Business and human rights - A new path toward large global challenges", Oct 2011
- español: "Empresas y Derechos Humanos - Un nuevo camino plantea desa fíos globales"

John Ruggie, Harvard Univ., former UN Special Representative on business & human rights:
- Interview with Berne Declaration, Nov 2011
- Managing human rights impacts in a world of converging expectations, 28 Oct 2011
- Keynote Address at Commit!Forum, New York Stock Exchange, 27 Sep 2011
- Keynote Remarks at Extraordinary Plenary - Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights, 15 Sep 2011
- Interview with Deutsche Welle: "States, companies must ensure human rights, UN expert says", 20 Jun 2011

español: Antonio Vives, Director de Cumpetere, Profesor consultor de la Universidad de Stanford, ex Gerente de Desarrollo Sostenible del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo: “¿Son los Derechos Humanos una responsabilidad para la empresa? Primera Parte”, 9 septiembre 2011

Mark Taylor, Fafo Institute (Norway): "Defining Compliance: Why Recent Developments in Law and Policy Should Matter to the Corporate Accountability Movement" - remarks at Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable, 8-9 Sep, Washington DC

Robert Blitt, Univ. of Tennessee College of Law (USA): "Beyond Ruggie’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Charting an Embracive Approach to Corporate Human Rights Compliance", Sep 2011
- response by former UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie

Mary Dowell-Jones, Univ. of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre, & David Kinley, Univ. of Sydney: "The Monster under the Bed: Financial Services and the Ruggie Framework", 2011

Radu Mares, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Sweden):  "Responsibility to Respect: Why the Core Company Should Act When Affiliates Infringe Human Rights", 2011

Institute for Human Rights and Business:
- "More than a Resource: Water, Business and Human Rights", 2011

James Kallman, Mazars & Mahdev Mohan, Singapore Management Univ.: "Just Tell It Like It Is", in Forbes Indonesia, Aug 2011

Toby Webb, Ethical Corporation - podcast conversation with John Morrison of Institute for Human Rights and Business: "Business and human rights: Countries, companies and the state of play", 27 Jul 2011

Christine Bader, former Advisor to UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie: "NGOs dissatisfied? Fine with me...", on CSRwire TalkBack, 6 Jul 2011

Connie de la Vega, Amol Mehra, Alexandra Wong, for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: "Holding Businesses Accountable for Human Rights Violations: Recent Developments and Next Steps", Jul 2011

Marcy Murninghan, Murninghan Post (USA): "Human Rights: A Moral and Material Business Concern", 30 Jun 2011

Allens Arthur Robinson, "Focus: UN endorses Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights", 29 Jun 2011

ING, "ING congratulates UN Special Representative John Ruggie & his team on endorsement of Guiding Principles" [DOC], 24 Jun 2011

Susan Ariel Aaronson & Ian Higham, Elliott School of Intl. Affairs, George Washington Univ.: "Commentary: Re-Righting Business: John Ruggie and the Struggle to develop International Human Rights Standards for Transnational Firms" [DOC], Jun 2011

Child Rights Information Network: "Business and Human Rights: CRIN response to adoption of the Guiding Principles", 21 Jun 2011

Sarah Altschuller, Foley Hoag law firm: "U.N. Human Rights Council Endorses Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", 16 Jun 2011

European Commission - Directorate General Enterprise and Industry: "Business and human rights: new United Nations guidelines", 17 Jun 2011

Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH): "UN Human Rights Council adopts Guiding Principles on business conduct, yet victims still waiting for effective remedies", 17 Jun 2011

Scott Jerbi, Institute for Human Rights and Business: "UN Adopts Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights - What Comes Next?", 17 Jun 2011

Human Rights Watch: "UN Human Rights Council: Weak stance on Business Standards", 16 Jun 2011
español: "Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU: Débil posición con respecto a las normas sobre negocios", 16 junio 2011
français : "Conseil des droits de l’homme: Une prise de position insuffisante en matière de normes dans le monde des affaires", 16 juin 2011

Faris Natour, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR): "UN Council Endorses Principles on Business and Human Rights", in Business Ethics magazine, 16 Jun 2011