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[PDF] Business Recognition of Human Rights: Global Patterns, Regional & Sectoral Variations

Author: Michael Wright & Amy Lehr, research fellows, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government., Kennedy School of Government., Harvard University, under direction of UN Special Representative John Ruggie, Published on: 11 December 2006

A key indicator of [social expectations and moral obligations regarding companies and human rights] consists of the human rights standards that business itself adopts, triggered by its assessment of human rights-related risks and opportunities in the social and political environments in which it operates. This report summarizes the human rights standards referenced or invoked by a cross-section of companies, collective initiatives, and socially responsible investment funds. [an updated version of this report, including results of a survey of govts., is available here]

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