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Company Responses to Human Rights Reports: An Empirical Analysis

Business and Human Rights Journal, vol. 1, issue 1, pp. 95-110, 2016

17 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2015 Last revised: 12 Jun 2016

Menno T. Kamminga

Maastricht University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 2, 2015

Abstract

How do companies respond to their critics? Are there significant differences in responsiveness between industrial sectors, between the countries in which companies are based and between the companies themselves? Do responses reflect the belief that companies have a responsibility to respect human rights? Do companies that participate in the UN Global Compact react more responsibly than those that don’t? This paper attempts to answer these questions by examining company responses to civil society reports contained in the company responses database of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. The analysis covers responses to 1877 requests made by the Resource Centre from 2005-2014.

Keywords: business and human rights, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, company responses

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Kamminga, Menno T., Company Responses to Human Rights Reports: An Empirical Analysis (February 2, 2015). Business and Human Rights Journal, vol. 1, issue 1, pp. 95-110, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2559255 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2559255

Menno T. Kamminga (Contact Author)

Maastricht University - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
Netherlands

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