Intergovernmental organizations

    • Additional references to Guiding Principles by intergovernmental organizations & others, before they were endorsed in June 2011: see this page of the portal on UN Special Representative John Ruggie's work
    • Applications of UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" framework by intergovernmental organizations and others, identified by Special Representative Ruggie during his mandate (Jul 2005-Jun 2011): click here
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1. UN system

2. Intl. financial institutions

3. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

4. Regional bodies including African Union, ASEAN, EU

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 1. UN system

The implementation of the UN Guiding Principles is a principal objective of the UN Working Group on business & human rights -- for materials relating to its work, including its reports to the UN Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly, see our UN Working Group Portal.

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: "Study on the feasibility of a global fund to support capacity building on business and human rights" (feedback due 31 Jan), 8 Jan 2014
- position of International Organisation of Employers

UN Human Rights Council: "Council holds Panel discussion on the Role of the United Nations in Advancing the Business and Human Rights Agenda", 30 May 2013

UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2012: Presentations & discussions at first annual Forum

UN Global Compact: "Global Compact Releases Draft Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Calls for Comments", 10 Dec 2012.  Draft is "open for public consultation and comment until 1 June 2013".

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child: The Committee on the Rights of the Child is drafting a "General Comment on State Obligations regarding the Impact of Business on Child Rights".  Information on progress is provided in the Business & Children Bulletin, Dec 2012 available here.

UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking: "Fighting trafficking is everyone's business - corporations must strive for trafficking-free supply chains", 14 Nov 2012

UN Secretary-General & UN system: "Contribution of the United Nations system as a whole to the advancement of the business and human rights agenda and the dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles and Human Rights – Report of the Secretary General", 2 Jul 2012 
- the report followed a call for input; call for input (in all 6 UN languages) and submissions are available here.

UN Special Rapporteurs, Independent Experts & Working Groups: "If Rio+20 is to deliver, accountability must be at its heart - Open letter to States negotiating the Outcome Document of the Rio+20 Summit", Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights; Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly & association; Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion & expression; Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders; Special Rapporteur on right to education; Special Rapporteur on right to food; Special Rapporteur on right to health; Special Rapporteur on right to housing; Special Rapporteur on rights of internally displaced persons; Special Rapporteur on rights of migrants; Special Rapporteur on rights to water & sanitation; Special Rapporteur on toxic waste; Special Rapporteur on violence against women; Independent Expert on cultural rights; Independent Expert on foreign debt & human rights; Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity; Independent Expert on minority issues; Chair-Rapporteur of Working Group on business & human rights; Chair-Rapporteur of Working Group on discrimination against women; Mar 2012

"UN expert urges Japan to put human rights at centre of global development efforts", UN News Centre, 23 Jul 2013

"Respecting the rights of people in sustainable development: The role of business -- Background Note: Rio+20 must be aligned with UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" [PDF], UN Working Group on business & human rights, Mar 2012

UN Human Rights Committee: "DIHR: First to raise Guiding Principles with UN Human Rights Committee", Danish Institute for Human Rights, 11 Aug 2011
[includes recommendations to Human Rights Committee on issues to include in periodic state reports under Intl. Covenant on Civil & Political Rights]

UNICEF & UN Global Compact: "Children's rights are finally getting the attention they deserve", Margaret Wachenfeld, Institute for Human Rights and Business in Guardian (UK), 30 Mar 2012
"The new Children's Rights and Business Principles launched earlier this month build on the UN Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework and Guiding Principles, and call on businesses to carry out human rights due diligence..."

UN Human Rights Council: Summary of "High Level Discussion on advancing Business and Human Rights in the Human Rights Council"- side event at UN, Intl. Commission of Jurists, 21 Jun


 2. Intl. financial institutions

"Financing Human Rights Abuse: The Role of Public and Private Financial Institutions", BankTrack, ECA Watch, Center for Intl. Environmental Law, Dec 2012

"Re: World Bank Group Should Commit to Human Rights", Center for Intl. Environmental Law, Amnesty Intl., Human Rights Watch, 8 Nov 2012

"UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and IFC Sustainability Framework" [PDF], Intl. Finance Corp., 2012

 4. Regional bodies including African Union, ASEAN, EU

i. African Union

[français] L'Union africaine et l'Union européenne abordent les questions de mise en œuvre des Principles directeurs, Africa & Europe in Partnership, 19 novembre 2012

ii. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

"Businesses told to respect human rights" (Indonesia), Jakarta Post, 27 May 2013

"Regional Workshop and Consultation on Business and Human Rights: ASEAN to mainstream human rights, gender equality, sustainable development, and environmental protection across the three pillars of the ASEAN Community", ASEAN Foundation, 14 Dec 2012

iii. Council of Europe

Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights
Council of Europe, 16 Apr 2014

Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights - Drafting Group on Human Rights and Business - Meeting report [12-14 Feb 2014]
Drafting Group on Human Rights and Business, Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights, 12-14 Feb 2014

Report of 1st meeting of Council of Europe Drafting Group on Human Rights & Business
Steering Committee for Human Rights, Council of Europe, 16 Oct 2013
Includes revised draft Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on UN Guiding Principles

"Preliminary draft Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", Steering Committee for Human Rights, 30 May 2013

"Draft feasibility study on corporate social responsibility in the field of human rights" Steering Committe for Human Rights, Council of Europe, 16 nov 2012
[français] "Project d'étude de faisabilité sur la responsailité sociale des entreprises dans le domaine des droits de l'homme"

iv. European Union, European Parliament, European Commission

"Regional Approaches in the Business and Human Rights Field", Humberto Cantú Rivera, Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, Jan 2015
Paper compares EU & OAS approaches to UN Guiding Principles

European Union: Sector Guides on Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Shift, Institute for Human Rights and Business, for the European Commission, Jun 2013
- ICT  sector - also available in Japanese (unofficial translation)
- Oil & gas sector
- Employment & recruitment agencies sector
Information about the development & consultation process is available here

European Union: "Non-Financial Reporting"
European Commission, 16 Apr 2013
"The European Commission adopted on 16 April 2013 a proposal for a directive enhancing the transparency of certain large companies on social and environmental matters"
- Shift & John Ruggie submit amendments to proposed European Commission Directive on non-financial reporting to enhance alignment with UN Guiding Principles
Shift, 8 Oct 2013

"Resources on human rights for smaller businesses", Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission, Mar 2013
  - "De-mystifying Human Rights for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises" [PDF]: case studies: Sealock (industrial adhesives, France), StartPeople (temporary employment & recruitment agency, Poland), Van Bavel (business gifts & promotional items, Belgium), Danimex (communications technology, Denmark), Farmahem/ФАРМАХЕМ (laboratory supplies & environmental consulting, Macedonia)
  - full guide: "A guide to human rights for small and medium-sized enterprises", developed by Global CSR, Dec 2012
  - videos: "Small and Medium sized Enterprises & Human Rights" [in English; also available subtitled in French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish]
  - consultation on draft guide, conducted by Global CSR, Aug-Sep 2012

"Report on Corporate Social Responsibility: promoting society’s interests and a route to sustainable and inclusive recovery", Richard Howitt, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility, 6 Feb 2013 

"Corporate social responsibility (CSR): clear interpretation of the concept of 'reasonable care'", European Parliament, 17 Dec 2012

"Presentation of Richard Howitt MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility, on 'Challenges for the State Duty to Protect" to the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights", 5 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum click here

Consultation on draft Oil & Gas sector guidance on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights, closed Feb 2013, Institute for Human Rights and Business & Shift for European Commission

[français] L'Union africaine et l'Union européenne abordent les questions de mise en œuvre des Principles directeurs, Africa & Europe in Partnership, 19 novembre 2012

[français] « Le sens de la 3e communication de la Commission européenne sur la RSE », Ministère des Affiares Etrangères, France, 25 octobre 2012

"The role of non-EU national human rights institutions in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights", European Parliament, Oct 2012

European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry is developing "sector-specific guidance on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights...based on the UN Guiding Principles" for three sectors: Employment & recruitment, Information & communication technology  (ICT) and Oil & gas - Announcement, Discussion papers & submissions to consultation (May-Jul 2012), and timeline for drafting & finalising Guidance are available here.

"From Principles to Practice: The European Union operationalizing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", Expert Conference hosted by the Danish EU Presidency, May 2012
- also provided: Discussion paper on EU priorities for the further implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

"The ECCJ's recommendations on EU priorities for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", European Coalition for Corporate Justice, May 2012
[español] "Empresa y Derechos Humanos: de los principios a la práctica", Observatorio de RSC, 5 julio 2012

"EU May Probe Bahrain Spy Gear Abuses", Vernon Silver, Bloomberg, 24 Aug 2011
"...the EU is also considering how to support the implementation of [the Guiding Principles]..."

"A renewed EU strategy 2011-2014 for Corporate Social Responsibility", European Commission, 25 May 2011
" ...Better implementation of the UN Guiding Principles will contribute to EU objectives regarding specific human rights issues and core labour standards...

 
v. La Francophonie

[français] « La Francophonie déterminée à promouvoir la bonne governance » Sommet de la Francophonie, 17 octobre 2012

vi. Organization of American States (OAS)

"Regional Approaches in the Business and Human Rights Field", Humberto Cantú Rivera, Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, Jan 2015
Paper compares EU & OAS approaches to UN Guiding Principles

"Draft resolution: Promotion and protection of human rights in business", Organization of American States (OAS), Jun 2014