MNEs and Human Rights: From Responsibilities to Rights to Governance

Critical Perspectives on International Business, Forthcoming

IHRMI Discussion Paper 2019/01

27 Pages Posted: 1 May 2019

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Stefan Zagelmeyer

Alliance Manchester Business School

Date Written: March 26, 2019

Abstract

This paper explores the links between MNEs and human rights abuses, and reviews the development of international business and human rights initiatives. Arguing that the focus of the business and human rights debate has shifted from responsibility to rights, and subsequently to governance, it proposes a framework for analysing international business and human rights governance issues.

The analytical framework is organised around the relationships between human rights duty-bearers (companies) and human rights-holders (e.g., employees, consumers). It emphasises the role of actors and their interests, the relationships between actors, the objectives of these relationships, and the role of governance mechanisms and structures, which, for a particular human rights subfield, define the international business and human rights governance system.

The analytical framework can be used by international business researchers, practitioners and public policy-makers to describe, analyse, discuss and address business and human rights issues and challenges. It can be used for comparing and evaluating characteristics and properties of alternative institutional arrangements in the field of business and human rights. Furthermore, it can be used to support the design corporate non-market strategies as well as public policies.

Keywords: Multinational enterprises, International business, Corporate social responsibility, Human rights, Guiding principles on business and human rights, Governance

JEL Classification: J38, J53, J68, J80, M16

Suggested Citation

Zagelmeyer, Stefan, MNEs and Human Rights: From Responsibilities to Rights to Governance (March 26, 2019). Critical Perspectives on International Business, Forthcoming , IHRMI Discussion Paper 2019/01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3360702

Stefan Zagelmeyer (Contact Author)

Alliance Manchester Business School ( email )

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Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

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