John Ruggie

John Ruggie

Patron, IHRB

Professor John Ruggie of Harvard University served as the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights from 2005-2011. His mandate was to propose measures to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world. The end result was the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, drafted by John and unanimously endorsed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in June, 2011.

As one of the premier authorities on corporate citizenship and responsibility, John has made significant contributions to the study of international relations, focusing on the impact of globalization on global rule making. John was the Chair of IHRB's International Advisory Board from 2012-2017.

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In June of this year, a group of countries led by Ecuador succeeded in persuading the UN Human Rights Council to initiate negotiations aimed at regulating the conduct of multinational corporations.

Commentary: Quo Vadis? Unsolicited Advice to Business and Human Rights Treaty Sponsors

In June of this year, a group of countries led by Ecuador succeeded in persuading the UN Human Rights Council to initiate negotiations aimed at regulating the conduct of multinational corporations. Preparations are now under way in Geneva and...

09 September 2014

By John Ruggie, Patron, IHRB

Iron Ore train in Liberia. | Photo: J-B Dodane

Commentary: Investment in Africa: Thinking Beyond Stereotypes

This week President Obama will host the US-Africa Leadership Summit, a gathering of 51 Heads of State from across Africa.

The meeting in Washington, DC should discuss the kind of investments that not only promote economic growth, but that also help...

03 August 2014

By Motoko Aizawa, John Ruggie, Patron, IHRB

In a sharply divided vote, the Council adopted the proposal on June 26, 2014.

Commentary: The Past as Prologue? A Moment of Truth for UN Business and Human Rights Treaty

Calls to regulate transnational corporations (TNCs) through an international treaty instrument go back to the 1970s. Pressure for a treaty has come most persistently from activists, and more intermittently from developing countries. A recent civil...

08 July 2014

By John Ruggie, Patron, IHRB

The government of Qatar has reported a death toll of nearly 1,000 migrant workers recruited to build stadiums for the upcoming tournament.

Commentary: Qatar 2022: Three Rana Plazas in Slow Motion?

The World Cup has been a beloved tradition since 1930 and every four years it attracts millions of fans from around the world to cheer on their teams. Sadly however, the event is no longer just fun and games. Recently FIFA, the organisation that...

14 June 2014

By Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair, OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, John Ruggie, Patron, IHRB

Commentary: A Business and Human Rights Treaty? International legalisation as precision tools

As the business and human rights agenda continues to evolve, further legalization is an inevitable and necessary component of future developments. But we need to ask ourselves what form it should take at the international level. What does experience...

13 June 2014

By John Ruggie, Patron, IHRB

Commentary: Making Public-Private Partnerships Work

This op-ed was originally published on Thomson Reuters Foundation News channel trust.org.

A full agenda awaits business executives, government officials and civil society representatives attending next week’s U.N. Global Compact leaders summit in...

11 September 2013

By John Ruggie, Patron, IHRB

The Guiding Principles were endorsed unanimously when they were presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2011.

Commentary: Progress in Corporate Accountability

Last week Human Rights Watch released its 2013 World Report. It includes an essay by Senior Researcher Christopher Albin-Lackey decrying the hard won and widely adopted UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (GPs) as being “woefully...

04 February 2013

By John Ruggie, Patron, IHRB

Photo: CSM - http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2012/0619/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-signals-change-in-Burma-but-investors-should-proceed-with-caution

Commentary: Aung San Suu Kyi Signals Change in Burma, but Investors Should Proceed with Caution

This op-Ed was originally published on Csmonitor.com.

The recent decision by the Obama administration to ease economic sanctions on Myanmar (also known as Burma) presents an important opportunity to reintegrate that country into the international...

19 June 2012

By John Ruggie, Patron, IHRB

In a relatively short period of time we have managed to achieve unprecedented convergence regarding the steps states and business enterprises must take to meet their respective human rights commitments.

Commentary: Building on a ‘landmark year’ and thinking ahead

A London Guardian blog1 recently described 2011 as “a landmark year” for human rights—starting with the Arab spring. It went on to say: “2011 was also a landmark year for business and human rights: John Ruggie’s guiding principles were endorsed by...

12 January 2012

By John Ruggie, Patron, IHRB

Commentary: Putting the Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework into Practice

Last week, the latest report under my mandate as Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General on business and human rights was released in advance of the June session of the U.N. Human Rights Council. This is my last interim report before I...

29 April 2010

By John Ruggie, Patron, IHRB

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