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
Date Written: February 2, 2015
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
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