Mapping the Movement
D. Baumann-Pauly & J. Nolan Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice (Routledge UK 2016)
19 Pages Posted: 25 May 2018 Last revised: 13 Jun 2018
Date Written: April 16, 2016
This paper provides an overview of the history of international, state and non-state efforts to regulate corporate compliance with human rights standards. It begins by highlighting the central obligations of states to protect human rights on the basis of international human rights and labor laws and national laws. The chapter then takes note of the corollary development of soft law (both from a top-down international institutional perspective and from a bottom-up stakeholder driven process) that has arisen in response to gaps in state protection mechanisms. What is becoming increasingly apparent is that for sustained improvements to occur, a multiplicity of stakeholders and mechanisms must be used to both prevent and redress the impact of business on human rights.
Keywords: business and human rights, corporate responsibility, UN Guiding Principles, multi-stakeholder, human rights
JEL Classification: K31, K33
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