Corporate social responsibility, human rights, and the law

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Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Rights and the Law examines the responsibilities of business enterprises for human rights from a legal perspective. It analyses the legal status of the ‘corporate responsibility to respect human rights’ as articulated by the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). This concept currently reflects an international consensus and is promoted by the UN. The book contemplates the various founding perspectives of the UNGPs, and how the integration of notions such as ‘principled pragmatism’ and ‘polycentric governance’ within its framework provides insights into the future course of law and policy, compliance, and corporate respect for human rights. The book thus takes a global focus, examining the interaction of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), human rights, and the law in a broader global governance context. Setting out a possible future scenario for the legalization of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights that is informed by the UNGPs' founding perspectives and reflects current realities in the human rights landscape, this book will be of great interest to scholars of business ethics, international human rights law, and CSR more broadly.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages218
ISBN (Electronic)9781351171922 1351171925 9781351171908 1351171909
ISBN (Print)9780815399230 0815399235
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • human rights and business
  • corporate social responsibility
  • law
  • global governance
  • EU


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