Why all companies should address human rights (and how the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre can help)

Author: Christopher Avery, Annabel Short, Gregory Tzeutschler Regaignon - Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 31 August 2006

[this chapter appears in the the ICCA Handbook on CSR and Corporate Culture; a list of chapters in the handbook and ordering details can be found at http://www.cca-institute.org/handbook.html] The following sections set out why human rights are relevant to all companies, and why it is important that all companies take human rights seriously. i. International standards require companies to address human rights... ii. Only human rights provide companies with a framework of globally recognised principles... iii. There are increasing expectations for companies to manage human rights issues... iv. There are significant risks for companies that don’t respect human rights... v. Companies benefit from taking a proactive stance on human rights... vi. Human rights are universal standards that go beyond national laws... [refers to ABB, adidas-Salomon, Anglo American, Barclays, BHP Billiton, Body Shop, BP, BT, Cape PLC, Carrefour, Chiquita, Chevron/Texaco, Coca-Cola, Co-operative Financial Services, ExxonMobil, Ford, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, ING, McDonald’s, MTV Networks Europe, National Grid, Nike, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Occidental, Premier Oil, Rio Tinto, Shell, Statoil, Taco Bell (part of YUM!), Talisman Energy, Union Carbide/Dow, Unocal, Wal-Mart]

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Related companies: ABB adidas Anglo American Barclays BHP Billiton Body Shop (part of L'Oréal) BP BT Cape PLC Carrefour Chevron Chiquita Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) (part of Co-operative Group) Coca-Cola Dow Chemical Equinor (formerly Statoil) ExxonMobil Ford Gap HP (Hewlett-Packard) ING McDonald's MTV Networks Europe (part of Viacom) National Grid Nike Novartis Novo Nordisk (part of Novo Group) Occidental Petroleum Premier Oil Rio Tinto Shell Taco Bell (part of YUM!) Talisman Union Carbide (part of Dow) Unocal (part of Chevron) Walmart