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June 16, 2021

Statement of ABA President Patricia Lee Refo Re: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021 – The American Bar Association joins other groups around the world in marking today’s tenth anniversary of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the global standard recognizing the responsibility of businesses to respect human rights.

 The ABA has long worked to advance the respect of businesses for human rights and ethical corporate behavior globally. The ABA also advocates for providing remedies to persons whose human rights are negatively impacted by businesses, including women, minorities, indigenous peoples, and other traditionally marginalized groups.

Greater implementation of the United Nation’s guiding principles by governments and businesses will advance respect for international human rights and lead to more ethical corporate citizens.

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