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1 Dec 2015

Mike Posner, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights & Marcela Manubens, Unilever

Commentary: "Why human rights is a shared responsibility"

In the spirit of building [a] collective, moral consciousness, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights has just published the report: Shared Responsibility: A New Paradigm for Supply Chains. It proposes a coordinated response by global and local businesses, governments, international organizations, philanthropic groups, unions and other interest parties to devise collective solutions and share the financial costs of addressing the most entrenched human rights problems in complex supply chains...It is premised on gaining a wide visibility of these problems over the entire supply chain. Achieving such visibility is critical to managing these issues...The shared responsibility model is based on industry-wide rather than company-specific approaches. It assumes that financial costs and regulatory commitments must also be borne in part by developing and developed country governments, local and global companies as well as international financial institutions and private philanthropy...Working together to overcome the challenges in global supply chains, we can promote inclusive growth by adopting a collective consciousness based on our shared humanity...