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Implementation of UN Guiding Principles: Governments

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- Implementation by governments

  • Additional references to Guiding Principles by govts. & others before they were endorsed in June 2011: see this page of the portal on UN Special Representative John Ruggie's work
  • Applications of UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" framework by govts. and others, identified by Special Representative Ruggie during his mandate (Jul 2005-Jun 2011): click here
  • Statements by governments about the Guiding Principles at the June 2011 Human Rights Council Session, at which the Guiding Principles were endorsed: click here 
Principles were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council on 16 June 2011.  Full text of its resolution



Tools for implementation

USA: "A blueprint for Human Rights & Business", Meg Roggensack, Human Rights First, on Initiative for Human Rights and Business, 2013
- full text of Blueprint, Dec 2012

Govts. (general): "Human rights due diligence: the role of states", Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable, European Coalition for Corporate Justice, Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability

Australia: Human Rights Law Centre recommendations to govt. on implementation of UN Guiding Principles Human Rights Law Centre, 23 Nov 2012

Norway: "SRPP Guide: Ensuring socially responsible public procurement" Norwegian Agency for Public Management & eGovernment, 20 Sep 2012

”From Principles to Practice: The European Union operationalizing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, Expert Conference hosted by the Danish EU Presidency, 7-8 May 2012.  Also provided: Discussion paper on EU priorities for the further implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

”The ECCJ’s recommendations on EU priorities for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), May 2012
[español] "Empresa y Derechos Humanos: de los principios a la práctica" Observatorio de RSC, 5 julio 2012

Govts. (general):  Shift Project: "independent, non-profit center for business & human rights practice", whose "team was centrally involved in shaping and writing the UN Guiding Principles...We support effective action by governments to meet their duty to protect human rights"

Govts. (general): "How Policymakers can help firms get rights right", Susan Aaronson, Elliott School of Intl. Affairs, George Washington Univ., 27 Jan 2012


Examples of uses

[español] México: 'Mensage de la Lic. Minerva Martínez Garza "La responsabilidad de las empresas en materia de derechos humanos"', Comisión Estatal Derechos Humanos Nuevo León, 20 diciembre 2012

Australia: "The State Duty To Protect: Government experiences and steps take towards implementing the Guiding Principles and identifying opportunities for implementation: Intervention by Australia", 4 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum, click here

Norway: Forum on Business and Human Rights. Introductory remarks by Mrs. Bente Angell-Hansen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Geneva, 4 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum, click here

[français] France: Le Collectif Ethique sur l'Etiquette et le Forum Citoyen pour la RSE appellent à une mobilisation des parlementaires pour la mise en œuvre du cadre des Nations Unies en France, décembre 2012
 [français] « Des avancées concrètes pour la Responsabilité Sociale d'Entreprise » Jean- Louis Galzin, Groupe de travail Environnement & Développement Durable, Ligue des Droits de l'Homme, 7 janvier 2012

Govts. (general): Video: UN Forum on Business and Human Rights "Access to Judicial Remedy - Panel Discussion"
For more videos from UN Forum click here

Govts. (general): Video: UN Forum on Business and Human Rights "Challenges in Implementation - the State Duty to Protect - Panel Discussion"
For more videos from UN Forum click here

USA: Diplomatic note cites examples of govt. practices related to business & human rights, 5 Dec

Govts. (general): Video: UN Forum on Business and Human Rights "The State Duty to Protect - Panel Discussion"
For more videos from UN Forum click here

USA: "UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", HumanRights.Gov, 3 Dec

Govts. (general): "Mind the Gap: Private Sector in the Arms Trade Treaty", Paloma Muños on Blog Humanum, 27 Nov 2012

UK: "Business & human rights" UK Trade & Investment, 29 Oct 2012

Denmark: "New institution to ensure that companies respect human rights", Danish Responsibility, 1 Nov 2012

[français] Etats-Unis, France, Suisse: « Développements actuels après l'adoption des Principes directeurs de John Ruggie » Le Centre suisse de compétence pour les droits humains, 30 octobre 2012

UK: "Human rights reporting to be mandatory for quoted companies in the UK" Steve Gibbones, Ergon Associates, 26 Oct 2012

[français] Amérique latine: « La « diligence raisonnable » des entreprises : une approche suffisante pour lutter contre les violations des droits de l' homme », Commission Justice et Paix Belgique francophone, octobre 2012

[français] Suisse: "Objets parlementaires: Accès à la justice des victimes de violations des droits humains par des filiales d'entreprises suisses à l'étranger" 13 septembre 2012

Govts. (general): "Conference report: Business and human rights: implementing the Guiding Principles one year on" [Wilton Park 27-29 Jul 2012]

USA: "Kiobel Case a Reminder of Remedy Gaps Still to be Bridged", Institute for Human Rights & Business, 28 Feb 2012
"A decision [by the US Supreme Court] denying...jurisdiction over corporations would send a discordant signal about corporate accountability out of tune with the UN Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework and Guiding Principles on business and human rights."

European Commission: "European Commission selects three business sectors for the development of human rights guidance", European Commission, 14 Feb 2012

[français] France: "L'engagement de la France dans la Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises", 26 juillet 2012

UK: "Case study: The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" [part of Human Rights and Democracy: The 2011 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report], United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Apr 2012

New Zealand: "Chance for NZ to curb slavery at sea", John-Luke Day of Wynn Williams Lawyers in Press [New Zealand], 28 Mar 2012

[français] France: « Propositions de la France concernant les priorités du Comité d'expert sur les droits de l'Homme et les entreprises », France Diplomatie, 28 mars 2012

Ireland: "Dealings by Irish companies in repressive countries raise concerns about business and human rights", Shane Darcy, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway, 13 Mar 2012
"The [Irish] State has not adequately addressed the recommendation in the…[UN 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework] that home States 'set out clearly the expectation that businesses respect human rights abroad…' "

Liberia: "Letter of former Special Representative John Ruggie to editor of New York Times", John Ruggie, 21 Jan 2012

USA: "Keynote Adress: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", Maria Otero, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, US Department of State, 8 Dec 2011

Australia: "Business and Human Rights Framework: The Australian Response", report from workshop hosted by Univ. of Melbourne School of Social and Political Sciences, Centre for Employment & Labour Relations Law at Melbourne Law School, Australian Institute of Employment Rights, 28 Nov 2011

UK: "Implementing the UN Guiding Principles: questions for the UK government", Katherine Tyler in Lawyers for Better Business, 21 Nov 2011

Norway: "Report: Mining company does not act in accordance with the OECD Guidelines", Norwegian Govt. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Entreprises, 30 Nov 2011
["The NCP recommends the company to establish a grievance management system in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights..."]

UK: UK and Colombia agreed joint declaration on human rights, British Embassy Oslo, 21 Nov 2011

France: "Le sense de la 3e communication de la Commission européenne sur la RSE", Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, 25 octobre 2011

UK: "UK NCP Follow-up statement: Complaint from Corner House et al against BTC Corporation", UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, 5 Oct 2011

USA: "New Guardian film showcases ongoing abuse of civilians in eastern Congo's mines", Guardian [UK], Global Witness, 16 Sep 2011
[Global Witness calls for US conflict minerals regulations to mirror UN Guiding Principles]

Denmark: "DIHR: First to raise Guiding Principles with UN Human Rights Committee", Danish Institute for Human Rights, 11 Aug 2011
[includes recommendations for Danish Government]

USA: "Global Business and Human Rights: The Road Ahead", Nolu Crockett-Ntonga, Aug 2011
[account of panel discussion organised by US Agency for Intl. Development on business & human rights, including US Govt.'s future actions on business & human rights, and the Guiding Principles]

Netherlands: "Motie van het lid Peters C.S." [original in Dutch], Peters, Timmermans, Hachchi, Van Bommel, Dutch Parliament, 28 Jun 2011
[On 30 June, the Dutch parliament passed a motion requesting the government to provide a plan on how it intends to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  Motion only available in Dutch.]

Mongolia: "Arrests of Leaders of Fire Nation (Gal Undesten) and United Movement of Mongolian Rivers and Lakes (UMMRL)", letter to Mongolian Govt. by Tricia Feeney, Rights & Accountability in Development (RAID), 3 Jul 2011



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