Professor John Ruggie of Harvard University served as the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights from 2005-2011. His mandate was to propose measures to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world. The end result was the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, drafted by John and unanimously endorsed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in June, 2011.
As one of the premier ities on corporate citizenship and responsibility, John has made significant contributions to the study of international relations, focusing on the impact of globalization on global rule making. John was the Chair of IHRB's International Advisory Board from 2012-2017.