Business policies on human rights: an analysis of their content and prevalence among FTSE 100 firms

Preuss, Lutz and Brown, Donna (2012) Business policies on human rights: an analysis of their content and prevalence among FTSE 100 firms. Journal of Business Ethics, 109 (3). pp. 289-299. ISSN 0167-4544

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Abstract

The new millennium has witnessed a growing concern over the impact of multinational enterprises (MNEs) on human rights. Hence, this article explores (1) how wide-spread corporate policies on human rights are amongst large corporations, specifically the FTSE 100 constituent firms, (2) whether any sectors are particularly active in designing human rights policies and (3) where corporations have adopted such policies what their content is. In terms of adoption rates of human rights policies, evidence of exemplary approaches in individual companies contrasts with a less satisfactory engagement pattern across the sample, as 42.8% of firms do not seem to address human rights at all. With regard to the content of corporate human rights policies, the study found shallow commitments to dominate, where companies focus on a narrow range of negative rights, i.e. on respecting human rights, rather than positive ones, i.e. initiatives to protect or fulfill human rights.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Tahir Beydola
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 14:13
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 14:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63544
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