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Titel: From ’do no harm’ to doing more good
Extending the UN Framework to connect Political CSR with Business Responsibilities for Human Rights
Forfatter: Jonsson, Jonas; Fisker, Mette; Buhmann, Karin
Resume: 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 Enterpris es (MN E s) 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 . Th is paper contributes to connecting the two approache s by drawing on insights from the PCSR literature to theorize on the extent of human rights responsibilities of MN E s , and combining this with the human rights focus of the UN Framework . Drawing on existing literature's coverage of MN E s operating in develop ing 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 MN E s 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/9432
Dato: 2017-01-06

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