July 7, 2011

UN Human Rights Council endorses Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights created by Professor John Ruggie, with involvement from Mannheimer Swartling

The United Nations Human Rights Council has endorsed a new set of Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights designed to provide – for the first time – a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity.

The Guiding Principles are the product of six years of research led by Professor Ruggie from Harvard University, involving governments, companies, business associations, civil society, affected individuals and groups, investors and others around the world.

Mannheimer Swartling was selected to work together with 19 leading business law firms from around the world to identify whether and how national corporate law principles and practices foster corporate cultures respectful of human rights. The firm’s multi-year engagement in the project was led by Michael Karlsson and incorporated as a pro-bono activity within the firm’s “MSA in the community” programme.

For more information about the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, please
see: news release.