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Joint views of the IOE & ICC on the UN human rights norms for business

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Article
1 April 2004

Response to the joint views of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and International Organisation of Employers (IOE) on the United Nations Human Rights Norms for Companies

Author: Sir Geoffrey Chandler, Founder Chair, Amnesty International UK Business Group 1991-2001, and a former Director of Shell International

A farrago of mis-statements bringing discredit to the ICC/IOE and doing a disservice to business

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Article
1 March 2004

[DOC] Executive Summary: Joint views of the IOE and ICC on the draft “Norms on the responsibilities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises with regard to human rights”

Author: International Organisation of Employers & International Chamber of Commerce

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Article
1 March 2004

[DOC] Joint views of the IOE and ICC on the draft “Norms on the responsibilities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises with regard to human rights”

Author: International Organisation of Employers & International Chamber of Commerce

The Sub-Commission's Draft Norms, if Put into Effect, Will Undermine Human Rights, the Business Sector of Society, and the Right to Development: The Commission on Human Rights Needs to End the Confusions Caused by the Draft Norms by Setting the Record Straight

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Article
1 March 2004

[DOC] Response to IOE/ICC Concerns Regarding the UN Norms for Business

Author: Chip Pitts, international lawyer and businessman, former Chief Legal Officer, Nokia, Inc.; member of the International Advisory Network, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

While the Joint View engages in flights of inappropriate rhetoric (that the Norms will undermine human rights and lead to vituperative and unfair condemnation), the more serious objections stem from an outdated but correctable misconception that international law doesn’t reach private actors. Once this misunderstanding is corrected, one hopes that the ICC and IOE will not stand in the way of the Norms, but will realize that they represent an excellent cornerstone in the pathway to a more just and prosperous world that serves the interests both of human rights and business.

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