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John Ruggie to become new Chair of IHRB's International Advisory Board

20 July 2011

Prof. John Ruggie will become the new Chair of IHRB's International Advisory Board in January 2012.

Prof. John Ruggie will become the new Chair of IHRB's International Advisory Board in January 2012.

The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) is pleased to announce that Professor John Ruggie of Harvard University, who recently completed his term as the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, will become the new Chair of IHRB's International Advisory Board in January 2012.

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who has served as IHRB's Chair since the organisation was created in 2009, will complete her term at the end of 2011 and become IHRB's Patron as of 2012.

On the announcement of John Ruggie to serve as her successor, Mary Robinson said:

"I'm delighted that John Ruggie will be joining IHRB and taking over as its Chair next year. My colleagues and I believe John's pathbreaking work as UN Special Representative on business and human rights, and his long experience as a scholar and actor in international affairs make him an ideal choice to lead IHRB's work into its next phase."

Mary Robinson will become IHRB's Patron as of 2012.

Mary Robinson will become IHRB's Patron as of 2012.

"I have been honoured to serve as the Institute's founding Chair and look forward to maintaining my close links with the Advisory Board, Trustees, staff and partners who are making invaluable contributions to mainstreaming human rights on the corporate responsibility agenda."

John Ruggie said:

"I am honoured to have been invited by the Institute for Human Rights and Business to serve as the next Chair of its International Advisory Board. With the UN Protect, Respect, Remedy framework and Guiding Principles on business and human rights now in place, IHRB has a key role to play in informing further dialogue and building up good practices for all actors around this emerging agenda. I look forward to being part of the Institute's important work over the coming years."

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