Connecting Corporate Human Rights Responsibilities and State Obligations under the UN Guiding Principles: Communication and Human Rights Due Diligence

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Abstract

Taking its point of departure in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), this chapter discusses the complementarity between Pillars One on the State Duty to Respect and Pillar Two the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights. It does this through HRDD and communication such as non-financial reporting. HRDD and reporting are discussed as modalities for promoting businesses’ self-regulation. They therefore offer a way for States to push businesses towards greater respect for human rights. States may induce learning and self-regulation on human rights among businesses through ‘smart mix’ hard, soft and incentives measures related to HRDD and reporting. The paper argues that that clever deployment of these measures may bring forth normative guidance and directives for business action respectful of human rights, strengthening Pillar Two through Pillar One activity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on Philosophy of Management and Business Ethics : Including a Special Section on Business and Human Rights
EditorsJacob Dahl Rendtorff
Number of pages15
Volume2
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2017
Pages281-295
Chapter17
ISBN (Print)9783319469720
ISBN (Electronic)9783319469737
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventEBEN Research Conference 2015: Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Duration: 1 Oct 20153 Oct 2015
http://www.tilmeld.dk/EBEN2015/

Conference

ConferenceEBEN Research Conference 2015
LocationCopenhagen Business School
CountryDenmark
CityFrederiksberg
Period01/10/201503/10/2015
Internet address
SeriesStudies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy
Number2
Volume51
ISSN2211-2707

Keywords

  • Corporate responsibility to respect
  • Guiding principles on business & human rights
  • Human rights due diligence
  • Non-financial reporting
  • State duty to protect

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