From ’Do No Harm’ to Doing More Good

Extending the UN Framework to Connect Political CSR with Business Responsibilities for Human Rights

Jonas Jonsson, Mette Fisker, Karin Buhmann

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    Abstract

    The literature on Political CSR (PCSR) outlines the political role of corporations, but fails to offer concrete suggestions for businesses to fill governance gaps through provision of public goods. Conversely, the political role of Multi-National Enterprises (MNEs) plays a limited part in the UN Framework on Business and Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN in 2008 and forms the basis for the 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This paper contributes to connecting the two approaches by drawing on insights from the PCSR literature to theorize on the extent of human rights responsibilities of MNEs, and combining this with the human rights focus of the UN Framework. Drawing on existing literature's coverage of MNEs operating in developing countries, we discuss how businesses can improve the respect and fulfilment of human rights. We propose an 'Extended UN Framework' to help attribute political responsibilities to MNEs that reflect their political power. The Extended Framework combines the original UN Framework’s ‘do no harm’ approach with a leverage-based approach for firms to contribute to delivering public goods that are human rights.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherCenter for Business and Development Studies. CBS
    Number of pages35
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2016
    SeriesCBDS Working Paper Series
    Number26

    Keywords

    • Due diligence
    • Human rights
    • Leverage
    • Moral legitimacy
    • Political CSR
    • UN Framework

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    Jonsson, J., Fisker, M., & Buhmann, K. (2016). From ’Do No Harm’ to Doing More Good: Extending the UN Framework to Connect Political CSR with Business Responsibilities for Human Rights. Frederiksberg: Center for Business and Development Studies. CBS . CBDS Working Paper Series, No. 26 https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2962360
    Jonsson, Jonas ; Fisker, Mette ; Buhmann, Karin . / From ’Do No Harm’ to Doing More Good : Extending the UN Framework to Connect Political CSR with Business Responsibilities for Human Rights. Frederiksberg : Center for Business and Development Studies. CBS , 2016. (CBDS Working Paper Series; No. 26).
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