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1 Dec 2015

World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights

Shared Responsibility: A New Paradigm for Supply Chains

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This paper seeks to offer a fresh way of looking at serious, entrenched human rights challenges by outlining the appropriate scope of supply chain responsibilities in different industries, and how companies should assess and report on the real risks associated with their business operations. It then offers a series of recommendations based on the principle of “shared responsibility”, proposing a fair allocation of the preventative and remedial costs and commitments for addressing these problems among global companies, their local business partners, local and foreign governments, unions, international financial institutions and private philanthropies....Ensuring that workers and communities across global supply chains realize the benefits of globalization – enhanced economic opportunity and increased respect for basic human rights – requires a new paradigm, one that enlists a wider range of stakeholders and resources, including governments, to improve respect for human rights in global business...