Commentary: Business & human rights lessons under the Trump administration
Author: Anthony P. Ewing, Logos Consulting Group (USA) , Published on: 13 February 2017
“Business and Human Rights: Lessons for Managing the Trump Presidency”, 13 February 2017
The Trump administration brings unprecedented levels of uncertainty for businesses…Corporate boards, CEOs and their advisors are asking…how the most extreme Trump proposals would affect their company’s people, customers and communities, and how [they] should respond. Corporate accountability advocates are…concerned that [this] administration will fail to consistently implement the laws and policies contained in the…U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct…[and]…regulations of corporate conduct are more likely to be stripped than strengthened...[F]ederal human rights reporting requirements enacted during the past decade…are already targeted for elimination. Advocates [and companies] will have to rely on other tools to promote corporate responsibility for human rights impacts. If…government action violates rights, companies must take steps not to cause or contribute to…human rights impacts, and…be prepared to respond appropriately...Companies should be prepared to [:]…Protect employees…Avoid complicity…Mitigate harmful impacts...Challenge rights violations…[and]...Oppose harmful policies…to manage their human rights impacts and meet...responsibilities to respect rights under Trump. [Also refers to Coca-Cola, Ford, Goldman Sachs, Google, Nike, Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple].