Business and human rights is not just about “doing well by doing good”, nor is it captured by the proposition of “shared value.” Rather, it seeks to overcome the obstacles to obtaining remedy for human rights violations. The business and human rights movement has leveraged the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to promote substantial progress. Yet progress can feel like an illusion. To conceptualize the complex vectors along which society can act to make corporations accountable for their human rights impacts, Joanne Bauer has developed a visual, which she calls the “Web of Corporate Accountability.” It illustrates the multiple ways in which actors can hold corporations to account for human rights harms—and the leeway that remains for businesses to escape responsibility.
The full article can be found on Open Global Rights.