Mandate of the UN Special Representative

2008-2011 MANDATE

On 18 June 2008, the UN Human Rights Council renewed the term of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises, for 3 years, by a resolution [PDF] that included the following mandate:

"(a) To provide views and concrete and practical recommendations on ways to strengthen the fulfilment of the duty of the State to protect all human rights from abuses by or involving transnational corporations and other business enterprises, including through international cooperation;

(b) To elaborate further on the scope and content of the corporate responsibility to respect all human rights and to provide concrete guidance to business and other stakeholders;

(c) To explore options and make recommendations, at the national, regional and international level, for enhancing access to effective remedies available to those whose human rights are impacted by corporate activities;

(d) To integrate a gender perspective throughout his work and to give special attention to persons belonging to vulnerable groups, in particular children;

(e) [To] Identify, exchange and promote best practices and lessons learned on the issue of transnational corporations and other business enterprises, in coordination with the efforts of the human rights working group of the Global Compact;

(f) To work in close coordination with United Nations and other relevant international bodies, offices, departments and specialized agencies, and in particular with other special procedures of the Council;

(g) To promote the framework and to continue to consult on the issues covered by the mandate on an ongoing basis with all stakeholders, including States, national human rights institutions, international and regional organizations, transnational corporations and other business enterprises, and civil society, including academics, employers’ organizations, workers’ organizations, indigenous and other affected communities and non-governmental organizations, including through joint meetings;

(h) To report annually to the Council and the General Assembly".


2005-2008 MANDATE

The UN Commission on Human Rights originally adopted a resolution [DOC] on 20 April 2005 requesting "the Secretary-General to appoint a special representative on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises".