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2007 report by John Ruggie to Human Rights Council, and related materials

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UN Special Representative John Ruggie presented his report on his initial mandate (2005-07) to the UN Human Rights Council on 28 March 2007.

UN press release about John Ruggie’s presentation of his report to UN Human Rights Council (includes statements by the governments of Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Norway, Pakistan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States) [communiqué en français]

[video] John Ruggie’s full statement to UN Human Rights Council

[DOC] Responses by 12 governments to the report

[video] John Ruggie's response to questions about his report from govts. on UN Human Rights Council

Report & related materials

Main report:

"Business and human rights: mapping international standards of responsibility and accountability for corporate acts [PDF]" 9 Feb 2007

4 addenda:

- 1:  State responsibilities to regulate and adjudicate corporate activities under the United Nations core human rights treaties: an overview of treaty body commentaries - click on "E"   
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- 2: Corporate responsibility under international law and issues in extraterritorial regulation: summary of legal workshops - click on "E"  
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- 3: Human rights policies and management practices: results from questionnaire surveys of Governments and the Fortune Global 500 firms - click on "E" 
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- 4: Business recognition of human rights: Global patterns, regional and sectoral variations - click on "E"  
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- "Human rights policies of Chinese companies: Results from a survey" [PDF]

Companion report:

"Human rights impact assessments - resolving key methodological questions [PDF]" 5 Feb 2007  
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Articles & commentary on report:

ActionAid: Tougher measures needed for corporations on UN rights abuses, says ActionAid, 26 Mar 2007

français : Centre Europe-Tiers Monde, WILPF (Women's Intl. League for Peace & Freedom/Ligue Internationale de femmes pour la paix & la liberté) & Fédération Syndicale Mondiale (FSM), Commentaires sur le rapport du Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général sur les droits de l’homme et les sociétés transnationales, mars 2007

Sir Geoffrey Chandler:John Ruggie: Compelling corporate action on human rights, in Ethical Corporation, 4 April 2007

Clean Clothes Campaign: Letter to Special Representative John Ruggie [PDF], 23 Mar 2007
     - response by Special Representative John Ruggie [PDF], 12 Apr 2007

Financial Times:Groups pressed to protect human rights, Hugh Williamson, 9 Mar 2007

Guardian [UK]: Corporate abuse: Efforts to hold multinational businesses accountable for human rights violations are meeting stiff resistance, John Hilary, 30 Mar 2007

français :InfoSud : Droits de l'homme: gants de velours pour les multinationales, Michel Bührer, 28 mars 2007

Joint NGO statement to UN Human Rights Council about John Ruggie's report [PDF], 29 Mar 2007 (Amnesty, ESCR-Net, Human Rights Watch, Intl. Commission of Jurists, FIDH)

SocialFunds.com: Ruggie Report Says Voluntary Human Rights Initiatives Set Stage for Binding Global Standards, Bill Baue, 19 Mar 2007

War on Want: UN report shows need for business curbs, 28 Mar 2007

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9 March 2007

Groups pressed to protect human rights

Author: Hugh Williamson, Financial Times

Multinational companies are off the hook over fears they may be hit by new international rules on human rights, but face growing pressure to act voluntarily against such rights abuses, a United Nations report will argue today... [A]ccording to human...

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