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Reflections on Business and Human Rights

January 1st, 2012

Read Fr. Seamus Finn’s latest Huffington Post blog on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights recently endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council. The principles were developed to offer guidance for the implementation of the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework, first introduced by Special Representative John Ruggie in 2008. They provide very practical and concrete recommendations on how to operationalize the framework, which was built around the following three central pillars:

  • States have a responsibility to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including corporations;
  • Companies have a responsibility to respect human rights;
  • Victims of human rights abuses must be free to access effective remedies.

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