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[PDF] Global Agreements and Protect, Respect, Remedy

Author: Jim Baker, Council of Global Unions in International Centre for Trade Union Rights, Published on: 1 January 2011

Global Framework Agreements have expanded in number and have evolved considerably in recent decades. Too often, they have been examined in isolation from the larger picture of multinational enterprises…To understand the value as well as the limits of Global Agreements, it is useful to put them in broader perspective…The Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework developed by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights John Ruggie is a very useful reference for global agreements. Unlike CSR industry hype, it does not overlook, but underlines, the role of the State. Global agreements are also relevant to the responsibilities of companies to respect international human rights standards, including labour standards and to exercise “due diligence” concerning their impact on human rights. And, they can help provide “remedy” [refers to ArcelorMital, GDF Suez, Danone, ISS]

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Related companies: ArcelorMittal Danone GDF Suez (now Engie) ISS