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The largest ever global discussion on how governments & businesses are moving to address the impacts of business activities on human rights
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The new horizon for ethical business: the inaugural global Forum on Business and Human Rights, Geneva 4-5 December 2012

Next week sees the first-ever global Forum on Business and Human Rights, held on 4-5 December at the Palais des Nations, UN head office in Geneva. Under the guidance of the Working Group on the issue...
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The UN Guiding Principles – Opportunities, Challenges - One Year Later - Guest Commentary

The UN Guiding Principles – Opportunities, Challenges - One Year Later - Guest Commentary | Forum on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it
The framework developed by John Ruggie and his team and the adoption one year ago of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (GPs) was a turning point in the debate on the responsibilities of business to society.

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Commentaries on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Portal for commentaries on the Guiding Principles, from the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre


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Business and Human Rights : Updated version: Corporate Accountability for (...) - FIDH

Business and Human Rights : Updated version: Corporate Accountability for (...) - FIDH | Forum on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has announced the publication of their revised version of a guide for victims and NGOs on recourse mechanisms in cases of corporate-related human rights violations. The guide comprises five sections: each examines a different type of instrument, including intergovernmental mechanisms, legal options, mediation mechanisms (like the OECD national contact points), complaints mechanisms stemming from financial support received by companies, and mechanisms that can be explored according to voluntary commitments taken by companies. FIDH hopes it will encourage the actors involved to share and exchange strategies on the outcomes of using these mechanisms and help to ensure victims of human rights violations can obtain justice.


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Three questions at the United Nations about business and human rights | CanadianBusiness.com

Three questions at the United Nations about business and human rights | CanadianBusiness.com | Forum on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it
Human rights are important, but implementation raises plenty of challenges.

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Jermyn Brooks: Business and Human Rights in the Digital Era | Global Network Initiative

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Jermyn Brooks: Business and Human Rights in the Digital Era: GNI Independent Chair Jermyn Brooks has authored a ...

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Applying the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to ...

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This briefing paper has been written to provide insight for information and communications technology (ICT) companies on how to apply the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. BSR has now published the ...
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Applying the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the ICT Industry | Version 2.0: Ten Lessons Learned. BSR's Version 2.0 of how to apply the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the ICT ...
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report - Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights

The Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises was established by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011 to support efforts to prevent and address ...
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Business and Human Rights: Is Extraterritoriality the Magic Potion ...

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Indeed, the recently adopted United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, resulting from the remarkable work of John Ruggie and his team, do not provide for the establishment of any court or body which ...
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Forum on Business and Human Rights, 4-5 December 2012

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (first annual Forum will be chaired by Professor John Ruggie, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General http://t.co/Get2tMml...)...
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Ethical Corporation Subscriptions

RT @ethical_corp: Find out how you can stay up-to-date with the world of sustainable business http://t.co/1ILnLPZm #csr #analysis...
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Developing Guidance on the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

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The European Commission identified the development of guidance on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights under the  UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as one of its priority actions in its recent Communication on Corporate Social Responsibility. The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and Shift (the Project Team) were selected to carry out the project of developing the three guides for the Commission over the course of 2012.

 

In February 2012, the Commission announced that guidance would be developed for the employment and recruitment agencies, information and communication technology (ICT) and oil and gas sectors.

 

The selection of the three sectors was informed by analysis carried out by Shift and IHRB against a set of publicly available objective criteria, which included consideration of submissions from business, NGOs and other stakeholders.

 

Together, the sectors face a wide range of significant human rights challenges that could benefit from detailed guidance focused on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Guidance to be developed under the project will also have added value to businesses from other sectors facing similar human rights related issues. The guides should serve as a reference for businesses from the sector in question for the development of their own human rights policies and processes and should also serve as a basis for further constructive engagement with other stakeholders.


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Are companies ready to implement UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?

Are companies ready to implement UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? | Forum on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

A key question for the time ahead - are corporate leaders ready for the Guiding Principles? The short and perhaps unsurprising answer, say IHRB staff, is that most leading companies have a lot of work ahead of them. 


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Danish EU Presidency Conference Report

From Principles to Practice: The European Union operationalising the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

 

In May 2012, the Danish EU Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted an expert conference on the role of the state in protecting human rights in relation to the activities of business.The conference report provides an overview of the discussion that took place around the five main themes:

- The relevance of business and human rights at a time of financial crisis and other global challenges.

- The international policy context of business and human rights.

- The state duty to protect human rights and assisting partner states.

- Human rights due diligence and the role of the state in promoting or requiring this.

 -Access to remedies and the role of the state in ensuring access to victims of human rights abuses.

 

The main issues raised by participants were:

- Policy and legislative coherence within the EU.

- Achieving a global level playing field.

- Capacity-building and development priorities.

- EU guidance to business.

- Accountability: access to justice and adequate remedies.

- Transparency: non-financial reporting and disclosure.

- Public prove partnerships and multistakeholder initiatives.


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The UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework

The UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework | Forum on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it

In 2008 Prof. John Ruggie proposed to the Human Rights Council the "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework. The three pillars of the Framework are:

 

- Protect: the State duty to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including business, through appropriate policies, regulation, and adjudication

 

- Respect: the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, which means to act with due diligence to avoid infringing the rights of others and to address adverse impacts that occur; and

 

- Remedy: both State and business responsibility to provide greater access by victims to effective remedy, both judicial and non-judicial.

 

In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council unamimously endorsed a set of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which elaborate on Ruggie's Framework. 


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Guiding Principles for Just Jobs

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Ben Moxham from the Trades Union Congress in the United Kingdom applauds the U.N. effort to hold businesses accountable worldwide for their labor practices, but suggests further steps.

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U.N. Human Rights Council Endorses Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights | Emotional Branding | Scoop.it

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On June 16, the U.N. Human Rights Council formally endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights prepared by the U.N. Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie.

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UN expert group to assess impact of business activities on human ...

... fast pace in the coming decade,” noted Margaret Jungk, one of the members of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises who will visit the country.
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TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS: WHAT REGULATIONS?

In June 2011, the Human Rights Council, while approving the Ruggie Guiding Principles, set up a new working group on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises and a Forum on Business ...
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UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights | Herbert Smith ...

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The UN Forum will bring together governments, national human rights institutions, business associations, companies, NGOs and UN bodies to discuss the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human ...
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Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human ...

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In 2011, the Australian Government co-sponsored the UN Human Rights Council resolution which unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These Principles seek to provide guidance on ...
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Largest global dialogue on the impact of businesses on human ...

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The UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises will hold a press conference on Tuesday 4 December at 2:30 pm, Press Room 3, at Palais des Nation, the ...
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How to use the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in company research and advocacy — SOMO

How to use the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in company research and advocacy — SOMO | Forum on Business and Human Rights | Scoop.it
This guide aims to provide concrete support, guidance and a uniform reference framework for civil society organisations (CSOs)to use the United Nations Guiding Principles to address the responsibility of business to respect human rights and thereby...
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