Publication: A New Era
In this open-access collection, twentyfifty and more than thirty other frontline contributors provide their insights via ranging formats and styles. Each chapter in this collection reckons with a vexing issue in the field of business and human rights (BHR). Individually and collectively, the chapters afford a compass of sorts for stakeholders to orient themselves in an ever-evolving and often overwhelming landscape.
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (2011) marked the ‘end of the beginning,’ ushering in a new era. A wave of new organizations, policies, and activities have led to hope and opportunities but have also caused trappings and challenges. The task of the day is to keep pace and hear through the noise. Navigating a New Era of Business and Human Rights is an attempt to do just that. This collection illuminates the interconnectivity of an array of topics and provides tips on how to diagnose problems and find the right questions.
Contributors invite stakeholders to think about familiar questions and issues in new ways: What if the marriage between business and human rights is more fragile than we think? In order to understand and confront exploitation, we have to seriously explore what it means and how it feels to those experiencing it. What if human rights have no reliable defense against corporate capture? National Human Rights Institutions seem uniquely positioned to become catalysts of the BHR movement. How are stakeholders to make sense of BHR initiatives that focus narrowly on human trafficking or child labour in isolation of more comprehensive human rights efforts? What are stakeholders and business enterprises to do when states do not champion the BHR agenda?
From child rights to automation to ethical investing, this collection does not assume that the status quo is fixed. This new era of BHR is malleable. And the fate of the field will be a reflection of how stakeholders handle these days of flux.
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