Responding to the invitation by the Human Rights Council for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises to submit his views and recommendations for its consideration, this report presents a conceptual and policy framework to anchor the business and human rights debate, and to help guide all relevant actors. The framework comprises three core principles: the State duty to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including business; the corporate responsibility to respect human rights; and the need for more effective access to remedies. The three principles form a complementary whole in that each supports the others in achieving sustainable progress.
Ruggie, John Gerard. "Protect, Respect and Remedy: The United Nations Framework for Business and Human Rights." Report presented at the American Society of International Law, Proceedings, 103rd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 25-28, 2009.