Commentaries on Draft Guiding Principles

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On 22 November 2010, Special Representative Ruggie proposed draft "Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework".
- Announcement [PDF]
- Draft report by Special Representative Ruggie with full text of Guiding Principles & commentaries [PDF]

Below are commentaries on the draft Guiding Principles, comprising published comments, articles, briefings and other statements.  This page does not include submissions to the Special Representative's consultation on the draft Guiding Principles, which ran 22 Nov 2010-31 Jan 2011; those are compiled on this page.  Special Representative Ruggie subsequently issued final Guiding Principles for the consideration of the UN Human Rights Council.  For commentaries following the issuance of the final Guiding Principles, click here.


General Electric:"GE Spotlighted for Applying UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Human Rights Framework", 7 Mar 2011

Susan Aaronson & Ian Higham, Elliott School of Intl. Affairs, George Washington Univ. (USA): "Better Safe than Sorry", in Policy Innovations, 28 Feb 2011

Ben Moxham, Trades Union Congress (UK): "Guiding Principles for Just Jobs - Important New U.N. Framework Forthcoming Soon on Business and Human Rights", on Center for American Progress [USA], 18 Feb 2011

Institutional investors: "Investor Statement in support of the work of Professor John Ruggie, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business & Human Rights" [PDF], Feb 2011 (signed by APG Asset Management, ATP, Aviva, Calvert, Ethos Foundation, F&C Asset Management, Governance for Owners, Henderson Global Investors, Interfaith Center on Corp. Responsibility, Mn Services, NEI Investments, Newton Investment Management, PGGM Investments, Rathbone Brothers, Robeco, SEIU Pension Plans, Standard Life Investments, Co-operative Asset Management, Universities Superannuation Scheme)

Chris Jochnick, Oxfam America: "Making headway on business and human rights", 11 Feb 2011

Michelle Brown, CSR Asia: "Searching in vain for perspectives from Asian businesses? Principles on Business and Human Rights consultation comes to a close", 9 Feb 2011

Sir Geoffrey Chandler letter to Financial Times: "UN guiding principles will help underpin law", 2 Feb 2011

Wilton Park podcast: Special Representative John Ruggie in conversation with Wilton Park Chief Executive Richard Burge,  Jan 2011

BBC: "Can UN human rights guide for businesses work?", James Melik, 24 Jan 2011

Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: "Holding business accountable for human rights abuses", 21 Jan 2011

John Morrison, Institute for Human Rights and Business: "Protect, respect, remedy - an embraced framework for business and human rights?", on Wilton Park blog, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 21 Jan 2010

Weil, Gotshal & Manges law firm: "Memorandum: U.N. Draft 'Guiding Principles' on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations" [PDF], 11 Jan 2011

Lyuba Zarsky, Associate Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies: "Business and Human Rights: Searching for transformation", 11 Jan 2011

Mannheimer Swartling law firm: "Corporate Social Responsibility – Guiding Principles for  business and human rights" [PDF], 11 Jan 2011

Amol Mehra, Forbes CSR blog: "Guiding Principles for CSR from the United Nations", 3 Jan 2011

Larry Catá Backer, Pennsylvania State Univ. School of Law: "The U.N. Guiding Principles: Participate in the Online Forum for the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for business & human rights", 1 Jan 2011

Ed Waitzer, Stikeman Elliott law firm, Osgoode Hall Law School, in Globe and Mail (Canada): "Joining the global dialogue on corporate social responsibility", 24 Dec 2010

Linklaters law firm: "Guiding Corporate Social Responsibility: A United Nations Blueprint to Promote Human Rights", 23 Dec 2010

Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral law firm: "Business and Human Rights: The United Nations Draft Guiding Principles", 22 Dec 2010 [version française]

Michael Goldhaber, American Lawyer magazine: "The Global Lawyer: Marty Likes It", 20 Dec 2010
Regarding corporate lawyer Martin Lipton's note to clients [PDF] on Guiding Principles; also includes comments by Menno Kamminga, Maastricht Centre for Human Rights; Chris Jochnick, Oxfam America

Edward Bickham, Critical Resource: "Business and human rights: approaching the finishing line", 10 Dec 2010

Novo Nordisk:"Novo Nordisk welcomes new guidelines on human rights", 10 Dec 2010

Global Business Initiative on Human Rights: "The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights welcomes the publication of the Draft Guiding Principles for the implementation of the UN 'Protect, Respect, Remedy' Framework", 10 Dec 2010

Amarchand Mangalas law firm: "Guiding Corporate Social Responsibility: A United Nations Blueprint to Promote Human Rights" [PDF]

Björn Edlund, retired Exec. Vice-President Communications, Shell; Principal, Edlund Consulting: "Business and human rights – coming new global UN framework will test CSR commitment" [DOC], 8 Dec 2010

James Harrison, International Law Observer blog: "Draft Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", 7 Dec 2010

Allens Arthur Robinson law firm: "Focus: Protect, respect and remedy - business and human rights", 6 Dec 2010

Amy Lehr, Foley Hoag law firm blog: "U.N. Special Representative for Business and Human Rights Releases Draft 'Guiding Principles'", 5 Dec 2010

Martin Lipton, Kevin S. Schwartz, of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz law firm: "Guiding Corporate Social Responsibility: A United Nations Blueprint to Promote Human Rights" [PDF], 24 Nov 2010

Clifford Chance law firm: "Draft Guiding Principles for business and human rights released by the UN Special Representative" [PDF], November 2010