Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

Patron, IHRB

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997), former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), and founder and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2002-2010), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate.

The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, Mary Robinson is Chair of The Elders, former Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, and a member of the Club of Madrid. Mary Robinson now serves as President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. Mary was the founding Chair of IHRB from 2009 to 2012. She also chairs the Centre for Sport and Human Rights.

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Commentary: Women’s Leadership Can Transform the Way We Do Business in a Climate-Constrained World

This article was originally published in the HuffingtonPost.

As a global community, we find ourselves at a critical juncture. One path -- the "business as usual" route -- sees us approach a drastically warmer world, where our continuing reliance on...

07 May 2014

By Mary Robinson, Patron, IHRB

Commentary: Engaging Business in Human Rights

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International Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations on 10 December 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international proclamation...

10 December 2012

By Mary Robinson, Patron, IHRB

Thousands of migrant workers wait to enter Tunisia, in order to escape the violence in Libya, at Ras Jdir, Tunisia. Photo: Spencer Platt

Commentary: Conflict no excuse for business to act irresponsibly

As violence in Libya continues, tens of thousands of people of different nationalities, many of them migrant workers from countries ranging from China to India, Ethiopia to Nigeria, await ferries that can take them to safety across the...

15 March 2011

By Mary Robinson, Patron, IHRB

Commentary: How the Global Compact Can Better Address Human Rights

This commentary was originally published in EthicalCorporation.

John Ruggie, has released his latest report taking forward the "Protect, Respect, Remedy" policy framework for business and human rights.

In June, the Human Rights Council will...

27 April 2010

By Mary Robinson, Patron, IHRB