Multinationals and Corporate Social Responsibility

Author: Jennifer A. Zerk
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139459856
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The 'corporate social responsibility' ('CSR') movement has been described as one of the most important social movements of our time. This book looks at what the CSR movement means for multinationals, for states and for international law. International law is often criticized for being too 'state-centred', and ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of globalization. However, drawing from many and varied examples of state, NGO and corporate practice, this 2006 book argues that, while international law has its limitations, it presents more opportunities for the CSR regulation of multinationals than many people assume. The main obstacles to better regulation are, therefore, not legal, but political.

International Investment Law

Author: Surya P Subedi
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 150990302X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The third edition of this acclaimed scholarly book offers an up-to-date, critical overview of the law of foreign investment, incorporating a thorough and succinct analysis of the principles and standards of treatment available to foreign investors in international law. It is authoritative and multilayered, offering an analysis of the key issues and an insightful assessment of recent trends in the case law, from both developed and developing country perspectives. A major feature of the book is that it deals with the tension between the law of foreign investment and other competing principles of international law. In doing so, it proposes ways of achieving a balance between these principles and the need to protect the legitimate rights and expectations of foreign investors on the one hand, and the need not to restrict unduly the right of host governments to implement their public policy, including the protection of the environment and human rights, and the promotion of social and economic justice within the host country, on the other.

Regulating Multinationals in Developing Countries

Author: Edwin Mujih
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317068769
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Edwin Mujih explores the difficulties associated with regulating multinational companies operating in developing countries, with a particular focus on extractive industries. The author highlights the need to establish an international legally binding framework to ensure that multinationals operate in a socially responsible manner to protect local communities and the environment. Edwin Mujih’s analysis reveals that the existing mechanisms for controlling the behaviour of huge multinational entities are of normative force only, that these are particularly inadequate, and that the notion of corporate social responsibility is only meaningful where behaviour can be legally regulated. Regulating Multinationals in Developing Countries features a study of the Chad and Cameroon Oil and pipeline project, which highlights the problems arising in countries that have neither the capacity nor the will to effectively regulate those operating within their borders. The author has evaluated compliance by the parties with their social and environmental obligations. He has found that, despite controversy surrounding inadequate regulation of this project in its incipient stages, the system that was put in place following huge opposition from the affected communities and from NGOs is worthy of attention and could stand as a model for similar projects elsewhere. This first title in Gower's Corporate Social Responsibility Series to approach CSR from a legal perspective provides insight not just into the complexity surrounding efforts to regulate multinationals operating in countries with weak regulatory regimes, but also into the fundamental nature of multinational corporations and the debate about different notions of CSR itself.

Business and Human Rights

Author: Nadia Bernaz
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317233859
Format: PDF, ePub
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Business corporations can and do violate human rights all over the world, and they are often not held to account. Emblematic cases and situations such as the state of the Niger Delta and the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory are examples of corporate human rights abuses which are not adequately prevented and remedied. Business and human rights as a field seeks to enhance the accountability of business – companies and businesspeople – in the human rights area, or, to phrase it differently, to bridge the accountability gap. Bridging the accountability gap is to be understood as both setting standards and holding corporations and businesspeople to account if violations occur. Adopting a legal perspective, this book presents the ways in which this dual undertaking has been and could be further carried out in the future, and evaluates the extent to which the various initiatives in the field bridge the corporate accountability gap. It looks at the historical background of the field of business and human rights, and examines salient periods, events and cases. The book then goes on to explore the relevance of international human rights law and international criminal law for global business. International soft law and policy initiatives which have blossomed in recent years are evaluated along with private modes of regulation. The book also examines how domestic law, especially the domestic law of multinational companies’ home countries, can be used to prevent and redress corporate related human rights violations.

International Corporate Social Responsibility

Author: Ramon Mullerat
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
ISBN: 9041125906
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Corporations and law firms want to keep up-to-date with the wide range of initiatives and codes of practice on CSR, and with policies being used by other companies. The book is divided into four sections as follows. 1. Trends in CSR This includes trends in different jurisdictions and areas which may be subject to legislation rather than "soft law". 2. Multinational Initiatives This includes coverage of source materials including codes of practice published by organisations such as the UN, the ICC, the OECD, the Global Reporting Initiative and various financial institutions. 3. Industry Sectors This includes CSR principles in specific sectors such as banking and finance, clothing, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, energy and professional services. 4. Private Initiatives This includes examples of CSR policies from international corporations such as Coca Cola, Dell, Ericson, Hewlett-Packard, Ford, General Electric, Mitsubishi, Shell and Wal Mart.

Companies International Trade and Human Rights

Author: Janet Dine
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107320496
Format: PDF, ePub
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Originally published in 2005, this book focuses on the role of corporations within the trading system, and the complex relationships between corporations, nation states and international organisations. The actions and motives that drive corporations are considered as well as the structure of the international trading system. Remedial devices such as Codes of Conduct and Human Rights instruments are assessed for effectiveness. The book seeks reasons for what is a growing understanding that international trading regimes are not meeting objectives found in many international agreements, including both the international trade agreements themselves (WTO, GATT, TRIPS etc.) and human rights instruments. In particular, it is clear that the prevalence and severity of poverty is not being adequately addressed. This work sets out to investigate the role played by companies in this failure in the globalisation of trade to realise its aims, in particular the failure to achieve the minimum of basic rights, the right to food.

Responsibility for Human Rights

Author: David Jason Karp
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107037883
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An original analysis of which global actors are responsible for human rights in today's world and why.