The GSO programme on Corporate Social Responsibility and Trade featured a series of panel discussions to explore the different perspectives on the role of corporate social responsibility in the global arena and its potential impact on trade policy. The series included contributions to two different WTO Public Policy Forums in 2004 (final report here) and 2006 (final report here). In addition, the GSO participated in the European Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility in November 2004 in Maastricht, the Netherlands, as reported here.
The GSO continues to be interested in CSR issues and in the evolution of the concept of “due diligence” for the responsibility of business to respect human rights generally, as developed by Professor John Ruggie, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Business and Human Rights from 2006 to 2011. The three pillars of state duty to protect, business responsibility to respect and access to remedies, as well as the Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Business, were endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2010 and 2011.