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25 June 2009

[PDF] Responsible Contracting

Author: UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Business and Human Rights

The [Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights (SRSG)] has identified investment, and in particular host government agreements (HGAs) — the agreements signed by foreign investors and host states for an investment project —...

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21 June 2009

Legal Redress for Corporate Participation in International Human Rights Abuses: A Progress Report

Author: Justice Ian Binnie, Supreme Court of Canada, in American Bar Association journal The Brief

In this article, ICJ [Intl. Commission of Jurists] Commissioner, Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada, describes the progress that has been made, and that which remains to be made, in developing an acceptable legal liability framework for...

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1 June 2009

So. African Human Rights Commission calls for inclusion of human rights provisions in Bilateral Investment Treaties

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5 May 2009

[PDF] Global Witness Submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ Call for Evidence on Business and Human Rights

Author: Global Witness

We identify the circumstances that need to be taken into account by UK-based companies that operate in conflict or high risk areas where there is an abundance of natural resources. The UK Government has failed to take action to prevent or deter abuses...

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22 April 2009
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Author: Représentant spécial sur la question des entreprises & les droits de l'homme John Ruggie

Le présent rapport récapitule les principaux éléments du cadre «Protéger, respecter et réparer» et présente les orientations stratégiques suivies jusqu’à présent par le Représentant spécial pour donner à ce cadre une traduction opérationnelle. ...

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9 April 2009

[PDF] Comments on “Protect, Respect and Remedy: a Framework for Business and Human Rights,” Report of the Special Representative

Author: Commission on Multinational Enterprises of Confederation of Netherlands Industry; Employers VNO-NCW; ICC Netherlands

This policy brief lays out the views of Dutch Business; raises some questions and concerns with specific elements of the report; and details how Dutch Business intends to engage with the second half of professor Ruggie’s mandate.

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1 April 2009

[PDF] Seminar on the Integration of Human Rights into Business Practice [Geneva, 1-2 Apr 2009]

Author: Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR) Secretariat

This report summarises the main outcomes of a meeting of practitioners in the field of business and human rights which focused on progress under the second pillar of the mandate of the United Nations Special Representative on Business and Human Rights,...

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15 May 2008

[PDF] Clarifying the Concepts of “Sphere of influence” and “Complicity”

Author: Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises, John Ruggie

The concept of “sphere of influence” is considered too broad and ambiguous a concept to define the scope of due diligence required to fulfil the responsibility to respect, and the Special Representative sets out an alternative approach. In contrast,...

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