A time for reflection
The creation of the United Nations' norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations with Regard to Human Rights is symptomatic of a new push towards global corporate social responsibility, says Richard Williamson
During the past four years, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights has been involved in a drafting exercise to put into one document a comprehensive restatement of international law on human rights affecting business enterprises. The subcommission sought input from the business community, labour and non-governmental organisations and other international bodies such as the International Labour Organisation, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN Environmental Programme and the World Health Organisation.
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