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27 Aug 2014

Marta Kasztelan, Food Navigator Asia

Food Navigator highlights need for human rights due diligence when doing business in Southeast Asia

“Human rights due diligence is part of the cost of business in SE Asia”, 21 August 2014

…[A]ll food and beverage firms doing business in Southeast Asia or sourcing products from the region are exposed to varying degrees of human rights risks. The issues include land and housing rights abuses, labour rights violations and infringement of freedom of expression…As pointed out by…[the] Southeast Asia researcher…of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre…”Responsible companies accept that human rights due diligence is part of the cost of doing business. When companies do not accept this, they put at risk their own reputation, and worse, become complicit in harm on people who otherwise bear the costs of abusive practices, such as victims of labour rights or land rights abuses.”…[refers to Coca-Cola]