So. Africa: 'How National Business Initiative can provide support to business on human rights

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1 January 2009

Business & Human Rights in South Africa (Working Paper)

Author: Ralph Hamann, Christoph Schild, University of Cape Town

This Working Paper provides an overview of the linkages between human rights and business, with a focus on South Africa. Its purpose is to assist NBI in assessing the potential need and opportunity for providing proactive guidance and support on human rights to its members and South African business in general...

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17 October 2008

[PDF] Business and human rights in So. Africa: Context and Recommendations for Proactive Engagement by the National Business Initiative

Author: Ralph Hamann, Christoph Schild, University of Cape Town

Companies are likely to face increasing expectations, pressures, and incentives for enhanced due diligence on human rights...In general, South African companies are not in a good position to respond to such increased expectations. Case studies...show that human rights related policies and performance are uneven and that there are a number of important gaps or weaknesses...The above factors give rise to a strong argument for the National Business Initiative to support its members, and South African business in general, in enhancing due diligence on human rights. [refers to AngloGold Ashanti, Sasol, ABB]

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