UN Special Representative on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises’ Draft Guiding Principles

Date: 7th February 2011
Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, General measures of implementation

In October 2010, Edinburgh hosted the 10th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions. At the end of the event, the 'Edinburgh Declaration' was launched to call for action to address the corporate abuse of human rights. As a result, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on transnational corporations and other business enterprises, Professor John Ruggie, proposed draft "Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework".

The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) has issued a response to these draft Guiding Principles expressing concern that children remain virtually invisible. CRIN feels that the principles are unlikely to ensure that States and business enterprises will "protect, respect and remedy" the human rights of children.