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On 12 December, the ‘Conference on Responsible Business Conduct in a Global Context’ was held in the Hague. During a speech to the conference, the Netherlands’ Minister of European Affairs and International Cooperation, Ben Knapen, referenced the work of Fair Wear Foundation as an example of efforts supported by the Dutch government to implement the UN Protect, Respect and Remedy framework. Former UN special representativative Professor John Ruggie participated in the conference.
Commonly referred to as the Ruggie Framework, and developed under the guidance of Professor Ruggie, the document outlines the responsibilities of governments and businesses in respecting human rights. With the formal endorsement of the framework by the UN earlier this year, the concept of ‘supply chain responsibility’ – which is the basis of all of Fair Wear Foundation’s work – has gained crucial support.
The Human Rights Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently awarded FWF a four-year grant in support of its project Operationalising the UN ‘Protect, Respect, Remedy’ Framework in the Garment Industry. Read more about the project.