Multinational corporations have the potential to bring economic and social benefits to emerging economies, but also social and political upheaval that can suppress fundamental human rights. This book synthesizes views from multinational corporations and civil society groups to find areas of common ground and raise issues of future potential conflict.
The authors draw on their academic specializations in business and law to examine important human rights questions from legal, ethical, and business perspectives. The first part of the book focuses on the role of the multinational corporation in respecting human rights. It follows with an examination of the rights of vulnerable stakeholders and their erosion via direct or indirect corporate activity. Integrating John Ruggie's "Protect, Respect, and Remedy" framework and the UN's `Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights', this book expands upon initial dialogue on the role of business in international human rights at this vital moment in history.
Law, Business and Human Rights provides unity in a broad range of issues from a variety of perspectives that should interest scholars, teachers, students, and practitioners alike.
Edited by Robert C. Bird, Associate Professor of Business Law, University of Connecticut, Daniel R. Cahoy, Professor of Business Law, Pennsylvania State University, and Jamie Darin Prenkert, Associate Professor of Business Law, Indiana University, Bloomington, US
Contents Preface Human Rights and Business at the Indeterminate Crossroads Robert Bird Part I: THE ROLE OF FIRMS IN RESPECTING HUMAN RIGHTS 1. "Respect" Human Rights: Concept and Convergence Radu Mares 2. Human rights reporting as self-interest: The integrative and expressive dimensions of corporate disclosure Stephen Kim Park 3. Human rights and a corporation's duty to combat corruption Norman Bishara & David Hess 4. The first amendment, compelled speech, and disclosure regulations Lucien J. Dhooge 5. A co-opetition approach to business, human rights organizations, and due diligence Janine S. Hiller & Shannon S. Hiller Part II THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF AFFECTED STAKEHOLDERS 6. Labor rights are human rights: Sustainability initiatives and trade policy Marisa Anne Pagnattaro 7. The human rights-related aspects of indigenous knowledge in the context of common law equitable doctrines and the Kiobel decision David Orozco, Kevin McGarry, & Lydie Pierre-Louis 8. Conflict minerals and polycentric governance of business and human rights Jamie Darin Prenkert 9. Feeding the world beyond 2050: A coordinated approach to preserving agricultural innovations and the human right to food Daniel R. Cahoy Index