Sustainable development goals & the business and human rights discourse: Ships passing in the night?

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Abstract


The UN Agenda 2030 sets ambitious goals recognizing the private sector as a key partner in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The last two decades a discourse on business and human rights (BHR) has developed that has influenced the way we think about corporate responsibility and the degree of responsibility that corporations carry for their impact on human rights. Concerns have been raised that Agenda 2030 insufficiently recognizes this evolving discourse on the responsibility of the private sector and arguably may undermine developments in this area. To what extent do the SDGs reflect the evolving BHR debate? (How) is the BHR discourse shaping the implementation of the SDGs or does practice so far confirm concerns regarding a chasm between de sustainable development discourse and the BHR rights discourse? Are the two discourses ships passing in the night and, if so, does it matter?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages32
JournalHuman Rights Quarterly
Volume42
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Feb 2020

Keywords

  • business and human rights
  • sustainable development goals
  • regime interaction
  • discourse

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