Human rights due diligence by businesses: An integral part in reimagining Africa’s economic future

Author: Joseph Kibugu, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 31 May 2015

"Human rights due diligence by businesses: An integral part in reimagining Africa’s economic future"

"As the 25th World Economic Forum on Africa gets underway..., human rights due diligence by businesses would help them respect human rights, besides mitigating operational, legal and reputational risks... That the growth of enterprise in Africa has improved livelihoods cannot be gainsaid... But a focus on just the good news ignores the high costs that often accompany natural resource exploitation in Africa... There is a growing consensus that human rights due diligence by businesses is a sure way of reducing legal, operational and reputational risk... This is the integrity in our conduct, I suppose, that Nelson Mandela spoke about."

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