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  • Series: Norton Global Ethics Series
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393062880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393062885
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nations aren’t the only entities that marginalize, abuse, and even murder citizens; in a globalizing economy, multinational corporations are often far more powerful than their host countries. By the time Secretary General Kofi Annan asked Kennedy School of Government professor Ruggie to study the issue in 2005, negotiations had reached an impasse, with businesses demanding voluntary mechanisms and human rights activists insisting on mandatory approaches. Ruggie strove to reconceptualize the issues, and developed a “Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework” and “Guiding Principles” for implementing that framework. So far, his approach, which blends voluntary and mandatory enforcement mechanisms, has generated considerable consensus, though some activists remain skeptical. The Framework clarifies the obligations of governments to protect citizens’ rights, of corporations to respect those rights, and of both to ensure that injured parties have access to appropriate remedies. By introducing new concepts, like “human rights due diligence,” and novel understandings, like the special challenge of ensuring human rights in conflict zones, Ruggie’s work has the potential to move multinationals beyond “happy talk” about corporate social responsibility into deeper and more effective analysis and implementation of responsible corporate behavior. --Mary Carroll

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“A must-read for anyone wishing to understand how to navigate the choppy and turbulent waters of the UN system and succeed. Just Business is the embodiment of the man who wrote it—sharp, intuitive, honest, pragmatic, witty, and humble—passionate in his resolve and commitment to human rights.” (Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever)

“John Ruggie is a great scholar, leader, and humanitarian. Just Business recounts the story of one of the most effective human rights initiatives undertaken in recent memory in a way that makes it essential reading for activists, scholars, students, policy experts, and business leaders alike.” (Ann-Marie Slaughter, Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University)

“By developing the ‘UN Guiding Principles,’ John Ruggie brought thoughtful and principled pragmatism to a topic of decades-long controversy. Just Business is a great guide for anyone taking on the task of reconciling interested and apparently irreconcilable parties and, indeed, for further progress in this field of business and human rights.” (Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, former chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell)

“Business and human rights challenges became permanently implanted on the global policy agenda twenty years ago. However, there was no universally accepted framework to address or reduce corporate-related human rights harm. John Ruggie took up the challenge to fill that gap and achieved a great deal in a short space of time. It is all too easy when looking at seemingly intractable problems to believe that nothing can be done or that only governments or political leaders can act. Just Business shows us the opposite and underlines how all segments of society must play their part to achieve results that benefit all.” (Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General (1997-2006))

“Ruggie… provides a shining example to leaders that apparently insurmountable global issues are not lost causes.” (Publishers Weekly)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James on April 21, 2013
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John Ruggie is the man charged by Khofi Annan to craft a UN human-rights policy for international corporations. This daunting task eventually resulted in an agreement that generated buy-in from diverse corporate cultures, governments, and NGO's. This is a major step forward in making corporations willingly accountable for the ethical treatment of people and their communities. The book is thorough, detailed, and readable. Ruggie manages to tell the facts without condemning - which probably explains why he got so many diverse entities to agree to his plan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edmund F Byrne on June 13, 2013
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Like few others, this really is a must-read book–not for everyone but for anyone who is interested in seeing human rights enforced in the world. The author was charged by the UN with the task of developing principles that governments and corporations might be willing to endorse and build into their policies and practices. He did develop them under the name of “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” and with the help of various organizations world wide they have been endorsed and to some extent enforced.

The book is well organized and well written. It drags somewhat at times because the story Ruggie tells involves multitudinous organizations that have a role in global affairs, and their names and acronyms are often multi-worded and multi-syllabic, respectively. But the reader who can look past these pitfalls will be well informed about if not inspired to join in the task of figuring out how to police corporate practice in the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve W. on May 15, 2013
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While admittedly a bit wonky, my interest in the subject afforded me the opportunity to push through the prose and enjoy the first-hand account of Dr. Ruggie's pioneering work in the human rights space. He's humble in acknowledging that the work isn't done but also rightly accepts credit for the leap forward that he had the honor of leading. If you're interested in how this was accomplished despite international politics and pressure from major global corporations and NGOs alike then it's a insightful and surprisingly quick read.
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