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19 Sep 2021

Mary Robinson, Margot Wallstrom, John Morrison, Ron Popper and Deanna Kemp, Institute for Human Rights and Business

In Memory of John G. Ruggie: Tributes by Mary Robinson, Margot Wallstrom, John Morrison, and IHRB

19 September 2021

The world has lost a visionary thinker, inspiring diplomat, and generous human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know John Ruggie have lost a dear friend and ally. The world is fairer and more equitable because of his work and impact - progress that only John could have forged at the time that he did. John’s spirit will forever be the foundation of the movement to make human rights part of everyday business, and we are all indebted to him for giving us the tools to continue that effort.

IHRB’s founding Chair and Patron, Mary Robinson states:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend John Ruggie. His rare abilities to lead and connect the worlds of academia, policy, business, and civil society, all to advance the causes of human rights and sustainable development, were an inspiration to me and many others. John’s dedication to dialogue, learning and cooperation achieved so much. His example of principled leadership will continue to guide us.”

IHRB’s current chair, Margot Wallstrom reflects:

“John’s work has left a lasting mark in the world for generations to come. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are the bedrock for the business and human rights movement not just at the United Nations, but also at the OECD, European Union and increasingly within national governments.”

IHRB’s CEO, John Morrison, adds:

“We miss John as a friend and mentor. He guided our work and built many of the foundations. John was a valuable chair and patron to IHRB.”

IHRB’s Co-Chairs of Trustees, Ron Popper and Deanna Kemp, state:

“IHRB will strive to keep John’s legacy alive in all of our work. He will be deeply missed by all staff, trustees and the wider business and human rights movement.”