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6 Feb 2012

Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal

ABA House Considers Human Rights Responsibilities of Corporations [USA]

The ABA House of Delegates has supported a set of guiding principles for business and human rights after their adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The guidelines were developed for the U.N. by Harvard business professor John Ruggie. His report, Protect, Respect and Remedy: A Framework for Business and Human Rights, identified three pillars of “protect, respect and remedy.” They are: the state’s duty to protect the human rights of its people; the corporate responsibility to respect human rights; and the need for more effective access to remedies for corporate abuses. By adopting Resolution 109, the ABA's policy-making body has endorsed Ruggie’s report as well as a report on implementing his framework…The ABA resolution also endorses human rights provisions of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.