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Subject: Corporate social responsibility (CSR): clear interpretation of the concept of ‘reasonable care’

Author: European Parliament, Published on: 17 December 2012

As the European Commission pointed out in its last communication on CSR in October 2011, ‘Better implementation of the UN Guiding Principles will contribute to EU objectives regarding specific human rights issues and core labour standards’. These guiding principles make ‘reasonable care’ in human rights the key to putting social responsibility into practice. According to this principle, they are required to take proactive measures to prevent any violation of human rights. Reasonable care must apply both to a company’s own activities and to those of its subsidiaries and supply chains, i.e. to its entire sphere of influence...Does the Commission intend, in the next stages of the implementation of the UN’s guiding principles on business and human rights, to make reasonable care binding, with a view to ensuring greater respect for human and social rights by multinational companies? [refers to H&M, C & A, Carrefour]

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Related companies: C&A Carrefour H&M