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China and Human Rights

Author: Mark Nordstrom, Senior Labor & Employment Counsel, General Electric, Published on: 3 May 2013

Recent GBI gatherings have taken place in Brazil, Egypt, Kenya and, most recently, China. [As] GBI leadership...[planned] its meeting in Beijing...there was substantial concern about discussing human rights with Chinese businesses and civil society representatives...[This] is the first conference [in China] we are aware of that focused primarily on human rights. This focus was prompted by the UN Human Rights Council’s...[endorsement of] the Guiding Principles...[There was] angst among GBI member companies about whether we should use the term “human rights”...or whether we would be safer speaking of the term’s component rights...[Some] key cosponsors...were able to allay some of these concerns...[including] UN Global Compact’s local network (the China Enterprise Confederation...),...Cosco and Tsinghua University. [Discussions of Chinese companies operating in Myanmar, Spain; human rights law course at Peking University Law School. Also refers to China Mobile Communications, Sinosteel, BASF]

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Related companies: BASF China Mobile Cosco General Electric