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

Dixie Hawtin Dixie
Fri Feb 17 17:36:20 EET 2012

Well done Joy! That's great news. Is there any information about how and when we should be submitting input?

There has been much information about SOPA and ACTA lately, but less about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which seems to be coming to the fore as the sharpest edges are removed from ACTA. A very informative blogpost about the TPP is here: http://www.technollama.co.uk/tpp-welcome-to-the-global-war-on-intermediaries?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tpp-welcome-to-the-global-war-on-intermediaries

And here is a very important statement from Viviane Reding on freedom of expression and information via the Internet, attempts to block websites, "three-strikes-laws", and ACTA (with some really nice quotable bits!) http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/reding/pdf/quote_statement_en.pdf

As for the IDRC, I agree that it would be good to join efforts and we would be extremely happy to have more members! I want to reiterate the IRP is an open platform and anyone should free to use the network to discuss issues or promote initiatives for human rights on the Internet - Matthias and I are (or try to be) facilitators not gatekeepers.

Very best,

From: irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org [mailto:irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org] On Behalf Of Matthias C. Kettemann
Sent: 16 February 2012 08:02
To: irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org
Subject: [IRP] EU selects ICT sector for study on implementing corporate responsibility to respect human rights

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 Commission.

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<http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/newsbytheme.cfm?displayType=news&lang=en&tpa_id=0>, as well as on the new Project website: www.ihrb.org/EUSectorGuidance<http://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)

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