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8 Dec 2017

Caroline Kaeb, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut & David J. Scheffer, Professor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Business and Human Rights Journal

Commentary: Business schools should incorporate human rights & social responsibility into curriculum

"Build It and They Will Come: The Formative Stages of Human Rights Education in Business Schools", 5 Dec 2017

…[T]he expectation continues to build for companies to take a stance on societal challenges…and to constructively offer a corporate contribution towards solving these challenges...Closely related to this issue… is whether university education has been able to adapt to the new demands on their business and management instruction in higher education worldwide…The PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) Working Group on Business and Human Rights …[and the] Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum have conducted a survey among university instructors of business and human rights related course offerings worldwide…

...[B]usiness schools have large offerings on broader corporate responsibility and, in particular, sustainability-related topics…[However,] the particular topic of business and human rights is being covered primarily by law schools rather than business schools…This vividly illustrates that a normative human rights-based methodology to management challenges and business ethics dilemmas is not fully absorbed yet by business schools....

…[I]t is clear that business and human rights often still lack a true institutional home within business schools...[T]he PRME Business and Human Rights Working Group is encouraging major companies to sign the 2014 open letter by the UN Global Compact to convey to business schools deans the demand and need for management talent, which is educated on issues of human rights and social responsibility...[refers to Apple]