that Rachel Nicolson of Allens Arthur Robinson, Ursula Wynhoven and Yihen Feng of the UN Global Compact, and I produced for the International Bar Association and the UN Global Compact, with the generous support of LexisNexis. It's called "Lawyers as Leaders: The Essential Role of Lawyers in the Corporate Sustainability Agenda".
This is the first of a series of four videos on the key themes of the UN Global Compact--human rights, labor rights, the environment, and anti-corruption. Its release was announced at the Global Compact Summit meeting in NYC last week. The other three videos will be released over the coming months.
The first video, on business & human rights, features interviews and comments by Georg Kell (head of the Global Compact), Navanethem Pillay (UN High Commissioner for Human rights), Prof. John Ruggie (Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Business and Human Rights), Caroline Rees (Director of Accountability and Governance at the CSR Initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School), Mark Nordstrom (Senior Labor & Employment Counsel of GE), and Debra Valentine (Group Executive, Legal & Executive Affairs, Rio Tinto). The primary audience is corporate counsel and their clients, but it should also be of interest to anyone interested in the overlap of law, business and human rights.
Links to the video appear on the IBA website, the Global Compact website, and will appear soon on Martindale.com Connect, a networking site for lawyers. The IBA and Martindale sites will also support discussion forums.
On Monday 19 April, the IBA held an interview and live Q&A session with Professor John Ruggie, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business & human rights.Professor Ruggie also currently holds the title of Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is widely considered to be one of his generation's most influential political scientists, especially within international relations.
Professor Ruggie discussed subjects including:
Access Professor Ruggie's reports to the UN Human Rights Council and related papers.
- His UN mandate
- The ‘Protect, Respect, Remedy’ framework: what does it mean?
- Reactions to – and the significance of – the framework for lawyers
- Next steps and what happens after the mandate
The interview was conducted by John Sherman, Chair of the IBA Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.