30 Oct '11, 3pm

UN Principles on Business and Human Rights: Interview with John Ruggie

UN Principles on Business and Human Rights: Interview with John Ruggie

The second pillar is what I call the corporate responsibility to respect rights. I chose the word responsibility, rather than duty, because for the most part international law doesn't apply directly to companies. It applies to states, and through what states do domestically, it applies to companies. The exception to the rule is corporate involvement in the most egregious human rights violations, including crimes against humanity, where domestic courts may apply international standards—as under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute. The corporate responsibility to respect human rights is a social responsibility over and above compliance with applicable laws. It is the minimum expectation society has of business conduct in relation to human rights. It means that as business goes about its business, it should not infringe on the rights of others. So manufacture your mouse traps, delive...

Full article: http://business-ethics.com/2011/10/30/8127-un-principles-...

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