US State Dept. hosts workshop on UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (30 Apr)

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1 May 2012

Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Workshop

Author: US Department of State

On Monday, April 30, 2012 at the State Department, representatives of major multinational corporations from a wide range of industry sectors attended a workshop on implementing the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights... The U.S. State Department will convene similar consultations with civil society later this year.

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30 April 2012

Implementation Workshop on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Author: Maria Otero, US Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

Our strategy for promoting respect for human rights through our foreign policy must reflect the world as it is, not as it used to be. Private companies are some of the world’s largest economic actors. Clearly, building bridges between government and business is…necessary…By working together…we can leverage our collective strengths to support business respect for human rights…The UN Guiding Principles provides an important framework through which we engage…The United States is seeking to institutionalize and broaden support for the Guiding Principles…[W]e have encouraged the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to incorporate language from the GPS into their human rights chapter of the newly revised (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises…We are exploring ways to support the work of the UN Working Group…and intend to launch a $500,000 program to promote awareness and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles. [refers to Barrick Gold, BP, Marathon, Newmont, Shell, Rio Tinto]

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