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"Compact Quarterly" Spotlights Human Rights and Business

Submitted by: United Nations Global Compact

Categories: Research, Reports & Publications, Human Rights

Posted: Apr 29, 2008 – 04:00 PM EST


Apr. 29 /CSRwire/ - (New York, 29 April 2008) – The UN Global Compact presents Issue 1, 2008 of the Compact Quarterly, a publication featuring articles, interviews and news on corporate responsibility.

Published in the context of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this Compact Quarterly spotlights the issue of human rights and business: Where does the agenda stand today? What will expectations be in the future? What are companies doing to safeguard human rights within their organizations? Articles include:

  • “Human Rights: Everybody’s business” by Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative;

  • “Six Questions for John Ruggie: Where is the business and human rights agenda going?” An interview with the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights conducted by Ron Popper, Head of Corporate Responsibility at ABB;

  • “A Human Rights and Business Framework” by John Morrison and Kathryn Dovey, Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR);

  • “Why Are Children’s Rights an Issue for Investors?” by Anne Kvam, Director of Corporate Governance, Norges Bank Investment Management;

  • Short case examples: “Titan: Enabling the differently-abled” and “Sasol: Stepping stones to a system”; and

  • Guidance on “Using Human Rights Tools”.

    Other articles in this Compact Quarterly include: “The Future of Corporate Responsibility” by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, and “ISO & Social Responsibility: Do we need a global guidance standard?”, a conversation with Kernaghan Webb, ISO expert, on the need for ISO Social Responsibility guidance, what ISO 26000 hopes to achieve and how it relates to the Global Compact. Also included is information on new tools and resources, news from Global Compact Local Networks around the world, and much more.

    Read this issue of the Compact Quarterly:

    About the UN Global Compact:

    Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact brings business together with UN agencies, labour, civil society and governments to advance ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Through the power of collective action, the Global Compact seeks to mainstream these ten principles in business activities around the world and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals. With over 5,000 signatories from more than 120 countries, it is the world's largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. For more information please visit:

  • For more information, please contact:

    Carrie Hall UN Global Compact
    Phone: +1 917 367 5232

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