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Protect, Respect, Remedy.

Professor John Ruggie wrote about business and human rights for the UN. He created a framework for how businesses should act in our global economy. The outline states that businesses should adhere to three rules. Theses are to protect human rights, respect human rights and remedy human right violations.

It's about time! When I buy a pair of shoes I want to know that the person who made it was given a fair wage and were given adequate, happy work conditions. I do not want to buy merchandise that was made in a sweat shop by a 12 year old or anyone. Age does not matter, the people who make what I buy should not be forced to work or put in dangerous situation. I do not want to support a business that makes money by using people and creating misery.

I want to know that if people are treated badly they have someone who will stand up for them and remedy the situation. We live in a world with so much, there is no reason for any one to be treated inhumane just so another can have money. It is not worth it to me. I would rather walk barefoot and wear rags than violate another person's human rights.

You can read the outline here:

You can find how a business is rated based on human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement and social justice in the Better World Shopping Guide,


jayan's picture

I would too walk barefoot.


Thanks for sharing your ideas, this is SO and VERY common in Uganda. It's so unfortunate that prominent business men and women are employing very young children to earn for them abnormal profits hence depriving them of their rights!. The reason is solely because they DO NOT want to see any one succeed or reach their levels. In addition it's their desire to employ cheap labor so as to gain more and me. They make these children work from very early in the morning to late in the night without any meals or any benefits. Child abuse is so rampant and again it's so sad because the young children LACK A VOICE!
Am so much determined to go look out for such children especially girls and empower them. They deserve their rights and they need learn how to fight for them.

Again, I would too walk barefoot or even wear rags.

Every Blessings

Jayan Nanyonga
Me and you can change her story and give her life a new meaning.

LeahO's picture

Thank you Jayan.

Thank you for commenting. I know that slavery and forced labor happens around the world. By chance I was born in a country where it is not the norm. Of course I am well aware that this happens here as well, but it is not covered much in the news so I think it is not as rampant.

The WP community and people like you give me hope.

Leah Oviedo, Self Defense Instructor, Author ,and Artist. Learn about my work here:

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