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John Ruggie speech

On 11 January 2011 Business & Human Rights Resource Centre hosted an event featuring Professor John Ruggie, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on business & human rights.  This was the fifth event in the Sir Geoffrey Chandler Speaker Series.




An audience of over 200 attended the event held at the Great Room, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in London.  Following introductory remarks Professor Ruggie delivered a landmark speech.  Following are direct links to sections of the event videos:

    • Part 1: Welcome - Chris Avery, Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - TEXT


    • Part 2: Images of victims & positive initiatives to set the scene - Mauricio Lazala, Senior Researcher, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - TEXT


    • Part 3: Caroline Rees, Advisor to John Ruggie; Director, Governance & Accountability Program, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School - TEXT


    • Part 4: Clare Chandler, reading statement of Sir Geoffrey Chandler - TEXT


  • Part 5: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Associate Fellow, Chatham House; Visiting Professor, University College London


  • Part 6: Professor John Ruggie presentation - TEXT



On 16 Nov 2010 the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre hosted a special panel entitled "Business & human rights - The next 5 years" in London.  Here you can see the videos of the event.


On 26 Oct 2010 the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre hosted the first Mary Robinson Speaker Series in New York.  Here you can see the videos of the event.

For further information & to be informed of future events, contact: Daniel Vince-Archer [email protected] +44 020 7636 7774

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11 January 2011

[PDF] Lecture for Sir Geoffrey Chandler Speaker Series (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, London, 11 Jan 2011)

Author: Prof. John Ruggie, UN Special Representative on business & human rights - event hosted by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

I am honored to deliver the annual lecture celebrating Sir Geoffrey Chandler...This evening I would like to share with you not only what I have sought to achieve through my mandate. I also want to convey why I chose the path that I did—which in some...

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