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Business and Human Rights

Edited by the late Wesley Cragg, formerly Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Philosophy, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada where he is also Principle Investigator and Project Director, Canadian Business Ethics Research Network, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
Topics discussed include the debates leading to the creation of the ISO 26000 standard and the United Nations human rights framework for business entities, as well as the nature and limits of the human rights responsibilities of business, the roles and responsibilities of international trade bodies like the World Trade Organization in protecting human rights, and the implications of the current debate for international trade agreements and trade with China. The contributors also explore the effectiveness of voluntary human rights standards in the textile and clothing trade, mining, advertising and the pharmaceutical industries.
Extent: 352 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78100 576 7
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  • Business and Management
  • Business Ethics and Trust
  • Business Leadership
  • Corporate Governance
  • Economics and Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Law - Academic
  • Human Rights
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Human Rights
The relationship between business and human rights has emerged in the last two decades as one of the most pressing issues in the field of business ethics. Do corporations have human rights responsibilities? If so, what is the nature of those responsibilities and do they differ in any significant way from those of governments? Is it reasonable or realistic to expect corporations to respect human rights in environments where governments, particularly in the developing and underdeveloped world, need economic development and have a limited capacity and/or interest in enforcing human rights standards and laws? The contributors to this groundbreaking volume take up these questions, examining them from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

Topics discussed include the debates leading to the creation of the ISO 26000 standard and the United Nations human rights framework for business entities, as well as the nature and limits of the human rights responsibilities of business, the roles and responsibilities of international trade bodies like the World Trade Organization in protecting human rights, and the implications of the current debate for international trade agreements and trade with China. The contributors also explore the effectiveness of voluntary human rights standards in the textile and clothing trade, mining, advertising and the pharmaceutical industries.

Scholars and students in management, philosophy, political science, sociology and law will find this volume a great resource, as will activists, managers and policy makers.
Contributors: J.D. Bishop, T. Campbell, C. Coumans, W. Cragg, B. Hamm, A.M. Macleod, P.B. Potter, C. Sampford, A. Wellington, F. Wettstein, S. Wood
Contents:

Preface

PART I: TOWARD A THEORY OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS RESPONSIBILITIES OF CORPORATIONS
1. Business and Human Rights: A Principle and Value-based Analysis
Wesley Cragg

2. Corporate Social Responsibility: Beyond the Business Case to Human Rights
Tom Campbell

3. The Limits of Corporate Human Rights Obligations and the Rights of For-profit Corporations
John Douglas Bishop

4. Silence as Complicity: Elements of a Corporate Duty to Speak Out Against the Violation of Human Rights
Florian Wettstein

5. The Case for Leverage-based Corporate Human Rights Responsibility
Stepan Wood

PART II: BUSINESS, HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE
6. Human Rights and International Trade: Normative Underpinnings
Alistair M. Macleod

7. Coordinating Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
Pitman B. Potter

8. Challenges to Secure Human Rights through Voluntary Standards in the Textile and Clothing Industry
Brigitte Hamm

9. Mining, Human Rights and the Socially Responsible Investment Industry: Considering Community Opposition to Shareholder Resolutions and Implications of Collaboration
Catherine Coumans

10. To Ban or Not to Ban: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and Human Rights Analysis
Alex Wellington

PART III: POSTSCRIPT
11. Business and Human Rights: Reflections and Observations
Charles Sampford

Index