[IRP] EU selects ICT sector for study on implementing corporate responsibility to respect human rights

Matthias C. Kettemann matthias.kettemann
Thu Feb 16 10:01:33 EET 2012

Dear IRPers,

Joy has just forwarded me a message from the EU Commission saying that 
they have selected the ICT sector to be one of those to be looked at in 
their study series on implementing corporate responsibility to respect 
human rights. If you remeber, Joy was kind enough to support this choice 
on behalf of the IRP Coalition with a paper outlining the HR dimension 
of the ICT sector.

Kudos to her and let's think about how we can provide input for the 

Kind regards


*From:* EU Sector Guidance [mailto:sectorguidance at ihrb.org]

*Sent:* Thursday, 16 February 2012 12:05 a.m.
*To:* undisclosed-recipients:
*Subject:* Thank you for your suggestions

Dear Respondent,

Thank you again for taking the time to participate in the sector 
selection consultation for the European Commission's project to develop  
guidance on implementing the corporate responsibility to respect human 
rights.  The submissions received were reviewed carefully and played an 
important part in the IHRB and Shift Project Team's analysis.

We would like to inform you that the sectors selected by the Commission 
were the: *Employment & Recruitment Agencies *sector; the *Information & 
Communications Technology* sector; and the *Oil & Gas *sector.  The 
sectors were selected by the Commission following a rigorous sector 
analysis of sectors by the Project Team according to the publicly 
available criteria.   You can read further details of the Commission's 
decision on their website 
as well as on the new Project website: www.ihrb.org/EUSectorGuidance 

Together, the sectors face a wide range of significant human rights 
challenges that could benefit from detailed guidance focused on the 
corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Guidance to be 
developed under the project will also have added value to businesses 
from other sectors facing similar human rights related issues.  The 
guidance developed through this project will be based on the UN Guiding 
Principles on Business and Human Rights, applying those principles to 
the particular context and challenges of each of the three selected 
sectors. To be consistent with the UN Guiding Principles, the guidance 
will address the full range of rights that enterprises could be most at 
risk of harming.

Extensive consultations with all concerned stakeholder groups are 
planned as part of the project process, and the Project Team is 
coordinating this process on behalf of the European Commission.  Any 
comments or questions in relation to the project can be sent to 
sectorguidance at ihrb.org <mailto:sectorguidance at ihrb.org>.  Updates on 
the project, including drafts of relevant documents, will be posted to 
the Project website <http://www.ihrb.org/EUSectorGuidance> as they occur.

With kind regards,
The Project Team

Mag. iur. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard)
Teaching and Research Fellow

Institute of International Law and International Relations
University of Graz

Universit?tsstra?e 15/A4, 8010 Graz, Austria

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