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Joint IOE-ICC-BIAC Comments on the Draft Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

The International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the International Chamber of Commerce and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD are pleased to submit the attached joint comments and recommendations on the draft “Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework.”

This document was prepared by ICC, the IOE and BIAC. We have followed the mandate of Prof. John Ruggie, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on business and human rights, closely and contributed to his work wherever possible. We have welcomed his reports to the UN Human Rights Council and, like others, have endorsed the UN framework, which establishes a clear division between the role of States and companies. We also welcomed the pragmatic approach adopted by the SRSG that allowed the framework to emerge through a robust and open consultation with all stakeholders.

We hope that these recommendations are helpful in finalizing Guiding Principles that clearly address the key role of the State as the primary duty bearer of human rights in their own jurisdiction, as well as the corporate responsibility to respect in a way that can be developed and sustained by all companies. Building on our previous submissions to the SRSG, the attached comments express some concerns on the content and breadth of some of the language of the draft guiding principles.