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8 January 2008

Interview transcript: Louise Arbour

Author: interview of Louise Arbour, UN high commissioner for human rights, by Frances Williams, Financial Times

It would be frankly very ambitious to promote only binding norms considering how long this would take and how much damage could be done in the meantime. So if there is a way of enlisting the corporate sector towards some sort of voluntary – I’d call...

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1 June 2007

[PDF] Business and Human Rights - the Evolving International Agenda

Author: John Gerard Ruggie: Faculty Chair, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative; Kilpatrick Professor of International Affairs; Weil Director, Mossavar-Rahami Center for Business & Government; John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Business & Human Rights - forthcoming paper for American Journal of International Law

The state-based system of global governance has struggled for more than a generation to adjust to the expanding reach and growing influence of transnational corporations, the most visible embodiment of globalization. This paper reviews two recent...

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13 April 2007
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Author: Humanrights.ch [Suisse]

Le rapporteur spécial sur les droits de l’homme et les sociétés transnationales, l’américain John Ruggie, a présenté son deuxième rapport au Conseil des droits de l’homme (CoDH) à Genève, le 28 mars 2007. Appel lancé à la bonne volonté des entreprises,...

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19 February 2007

[PDF] Prepared Remarks at Clifford Chance

Author: UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie

The first step in my exploration was to map the international standards – legal and otherwise – that currently govern corporate activities in relation to human rights... The next phase of work will be to develop views and recommendations for...

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28 October 2006

The UN Human Rights Norms for Corporations: The Private Implications of Public International Law

Author: David Kinley, Chair in Human Rights Law, Univ. of Sydney & Rachel Chambers, Barrister, Cloisters Chambers, London, in Human Rights Law Review (Oxford Univ. Press)

In this article, the authors explore the history of the Norms [UN Sub-Commission Norms on business & human rights] and the form and content of the debate that surrounds them, in their attempt to disentangle the legal from the rest. That said, the...

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30 September 2006
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Author: Michel Bührer, InfoSud

...Le rapport intermédiaire sur les transnationales et les droits de l’homme, présenté cette semaine, préconise la concertation. Il a provoqué la colère des ONG en prenant le contre-pied de la sous-commission qui a planché sur le sujet...Le...

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1 May 2006

[PDF] ILO – UN Standards: Synergies or Competition?

Author: Heidi Feldt (commissioned by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, IG Metall and Misereor)

Even though labor unions and NGOs agree in essence on the need for internationally binding rules for business enterprises, they have not reached agreement on a uniform position on the Norms [“UN Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational...

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22 March 2006

Ominous Outlook for the UN Norms

Author: Lillian M. Manzella, EarthRights International

ERI [EarthRights International] hereby calls on John Ruggie to:...

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23 November 2005
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Author: Anne-Catherine Husson, Novethic

Carrefour a annoncé, le 14 novembre, qu’elle soutenait « la mise en place d’un mécanisme indépendant de contrôle, de dialogue et de concertation portant sur la mise en œuvre de ces normes »...Véronique Discours-Buhot, directrice du développement...

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1 November 2005

Where do you draw the line? - Research into the financial links between five bank groups and companies that abuse human rights

Author: Netwerk Vlaanderen [Belgium]

[describes human rights concerns regarding companies & projects in which AXA, Dexia, Fortis, ING & KBC have invested] Regarding credit, AXA informs us that every offer of credit is subject to ethical rules and the rule of law... AXA states...

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