John Ruggie, the architect and builder of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) - also known affectionately, and deservedly, as the Ruggie Principles - died on September 16, aged 76.
The Ruggie Principles celebrated their 10-year anniversary this year in June 2021, marking a decade since the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UNGPs that Ruggie had done so much to help create and steer.
RI interviewed Ruggie in June to mark the anniversary, and the publication had a long and valued relationship with John - centred on his clear interest and passion regarding how the UNGPs pertain to investors as well as companies and state actors.
Few people get their name attached proudly to their work, and have it recognised globally, especially if it’s a UN initiative. But the UNGP's strap line: Protect, Respect and Remedy, is as good a descriptor of the man as his work.
John taught for many years at Columbia Univers…