OHCHR consultation on operationalizing the "Protect, Respect and Remedy" framework for business and human rights

16 April 2010
High Commissioner for Human Rights
Fourteenth session of the Human Rights Council


In 2008, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises presented report A/HRC/8/5 to the Human Rights Council. That report outlined the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework, which was a conceptual and policy framework to anchor the business and human rights debate.

In its resolution 8/7, the Human Rights Council requested OHCHR to organize a two-day consultation in order to discuss ways and means to operationalize that framework, and to submit a report on the meeting to the Council.

On 5-6 October 2009, more than 300 representatives from States, national human rights institutions, civil society, academia and business, participated in the consultation. The consultation featured multi-stakeholder panel discussions about selected topics related to each of the pillars of the Special Representative’s framework. The agenda reflected the work streams identified in the Special Representative’s Preliminary Work Plan. The consultation was chaired jointly by Her Excellency Ms. Bente Angell-Hansen, Ambassador of Norway, and His Excellency Mr. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, Ambassador of Nigeria.

In addition to the formal session, and to secure the highest degree of inclusivity and diversity of views and opinions, all participants were given the opportunity to organize side events in order to draw attention to any relevant issues of their choice.  Further, stakeholders were given the opportunity to provide written submissions on the topics of the consultation.


As a result of the events detailed above, OHCHR presented two reports to the Human Rights Council. A/HRC/14/29 contains a summary of the proceedings from the consultation. A/HRC/14/29/Add.1 features summaries of the proceedings of the side events provided by the organizers.

Consultation Speakers’ Remarks

The following remarks were delivered during the consultation:

Consultation Side Events

Six side events were organized during the consultation:

Written submissions on the consultation

Stakeholders were also given the opportunity to provide written submissions on the topics of the consultation. The following contributions were received: