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Due diligence

Materials by topic > Company policies & practices > Due diligence

In the view of UN Special Representative Ruggie, the steps taken by a company to "become aware of, prevent, and mitigate adverse human rights impacts" all form part of the company's "process of human rights due diligence...to meet its responsibility to respect human rights".  For additional materials related to the Special Representative's work on specific steps companies take to meet this responsibility, see this portal's sections on company policies, impact assessments and reporting.

Remarks at OECD Investment Committee [PDF] by UN Special Representative John Ruggie, re revisions to OECD Guidelines, Paris, 4 Oct 2010

Online forum for consultation on Special Representative's work, initially focused on corporate responsibility to respect human rights:
- Launch announcement [PDF], 1 Dec 2009
- Announcement of extension of consultation & additional features, 23 Feb 2010
- Online consultation forum

“Engaging Business: Addressing Respect for Human Rights” [PDF], Keynote address by Special Representative Ruggie sponsored by US Council for Intl. Business, US Chamber of Commerce, Intl. Organization of Employers, Atlanta, USA, 25 Feb 2010

français : Remarques du gouvernement français sur les documents préparatoires à la réunion de consultation du 6 octobre 2010 [DOC], octobre 2010

Joint views of the Intl. Organisation of Employers, Intl. Chamber of Commerce and Business & Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, to the UN Special Representative [PDF], Mar 2009

"Human Rights and Socially Responsible Investment in North America: An Overview" [PDF], prepared by Elizabeth Umlas, PhD, for Special Representative Ruggie, Jan 2009

Submission by Intl. Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM): Third submission to the Special Representative - ICMM supports the development of additional practical measures to strengthen business & human rights outcomes [PDF], Jan 2008

- [DOC] Ruggie statement welcoming ICMM submission, 14 Jan 2008

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