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A Human Rights Business: The corporate responsibility to respect human rights
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study explores the human rights dimension of corporate social responsibility. Due to rather scant research in the topic, the study is conducted as a multiple case study of three Swedish companies with international production. The study aims at focusing on the companies’ strategic perspective rather than how this is realized on the ground. How the companies respect human rights as a social issue and the why companies committing to respect human rights have been studied. Findings show that although context-oriented and more difficulties the longer the value chain, there are similarities in how companies identify and respond to human rights issues, although there are further channels to address human rights issues for companies have production through its own production sites rather than only using suppliers. Stakeholders are included in decision-making in various forms, however there is somewhat difference of the perceived expectations from stakeholders and the corporate performance of what to regard as a human rights’ issue for corporations to respond to, beyond the core operations. Of three motivational factors of economic, ethical and legal dimensions, the findings shows that companies are strongly driven by economic and ethical motivations. This thesis contributes with an empirical study of a human rights dimension to corporate social responsibility.

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Keyword [en]
Human rights, Corporate social responsibility, Issue management, UN Guiding Principles, John Ruggie
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-225926OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-225926DiVA: diva2:722891
Educational program
Master Programme in Human Rights
Available from: 2014-06-10 Created: 2014-06-09 Last updated: 2014-07-23Bibliographically approved

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