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John Ruggie

"When a company commits to implementing the Guiding Principles, it’s a significant undertaking because they’ve never done anything like it before."

John Ruggie is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an affiliated professor in international legal studies at Harvard Law School.

Since 2012, Mr. Ruggie has also served as a Special Advisor to Barrick’s Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Board. One of the premier authorities on corporate citizenship and responsibility, Mr. Ruggie served as the United Nations Special Representative for Business and Human Rights from 2005-2011 with a mandate to propose measures to strengthen human rights performance of the business sector around the world.

He is the author of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed in 2011. Core elements of the Guiding Principles have since been adopted by other international standard setting bodies, national governments and by business enterprises themselves. The Guiding Principles now constitute the authoritative global standard in the area of business and human rights.

 

Articles By: John Ruggie

December 10, 2015

An interview with John Ruggie

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” So reads the first sentence of the Declaration of Human Rights, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly 67 years ago today on December 10, 1948. The UN subsequently declared December 10 Human Rights Day and it marks the close of the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. At Barrick, we are committed to respecting the human rights of all stakeholders impacted by our operations. To underscore this commitment and support the 16 Days, Beyond Borders is publishing a series of articles related to gender-based issues and human rights. Today, we feature John Ruggie, author of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and a Special Advisor to Barrick’s Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Board. In the interview, Mr. Ruggie discusses the impact of the Guiding Principles, the challenges that businesses and governments face in implementing them and some of the criticisms levied against the Principles. He also talks about where he hopes the Principles will be five years down the road.

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