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Shell, Corporate Social Responsibility and Respect for the Law [USA]

Author: Amol Mehra & Katie Shay, Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable, on Forbes CSR blog, Published on: 3 October 2012

[T]he U.S. Supreme Court considered a case that strikes at the core of corporate social responsibility, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell)...If Shell’s arguments win, the Supreme Court will effectively cut off what is often the best available remedy for victims of corporate-related human rights abuses [the Alien Tort Statute]..."Should the litigation strategy aim to destroy an entire juridical edifice for redressing gross violations of human rights, particularly where other legal grounds exist to protect the company’s interests? Or would the commitment to socially responsible conduct include an obligation by the company to instruct its attorneys to avoid such far-reaching consequences where that is possible?" [says Professor John Ruggie]

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