Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles: The Case of the Czech Republic

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UN GUIDING PRINCIPLES ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SPAIN (SEVILLE, 4-6 NOVEMBER 2013)

20 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2013

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Veronika Hermanová

Masaryk University

Hubert Smekal

Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: December 9, 2013

Abstract

The paper maps the state of the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the Czech Republic. Based on a sample of the thirty largest companies in the Czech Republic, the paper seeks to ascertain variables that encourage and/or discourage the implementation of these Guiding Principles. In particular, the case study explores the relationship between, on one hand, the size of a company, the origin of its owners (Czech or foreign), the company’s area of operation, and its activities in Corporate Social Responsibility, and, on the other hand, knowledge and adoption of the Guiding Principles (together with specific arguments of the companies for and against adoption). The study is based on materials from companies included in the sample and on interviews with their representatives. The acquired data are subsequently put in context by a comparison to recent processes of raising awareness and implementation of this document abroad. The paper contributes to the existing body of research on the UN Guiding Principles not only with a description of the situation in the country, but also with the ambition of formulating hypotheses on the issue which could also be applied to other Central and Eastern European post-communist countries.

Keywords: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; the Czech Republic; Corporate Social Responsibility; human rights; business

Suggested Citation

Hermanová, Veronika and Smekal, Hubert, Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles: The Case of the Czech Republic (December 9, 2013). INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UN GUIDING PRINCIPLES ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SPAIN (SEVILLE, 4-6 NOVEMBER 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2365364 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2365364

Veronika Hermanová (Contact Author)

Masaryk University ( email )

Zerotinovo nam. 9
60177 Brno, 603 00
Czech Republic

Hubert Smekal

Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno ( email )

Czech Republic

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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