Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Clarity on human rights, good for business

As a follow on to my earlier post on globalization , I’d like to highlight the ideas posited here on the need to better codify global human rights and provide more clear guidance to companies on how to ensure their practices to not violate such rights.

To my mind, a good starting point is the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Basically, it should be that if you follow these rules, you’re doing pretty well.

Also, there is some positive movement towards reforming the way human rights are handled at the UN. This is important because with human rights being more closely defined and monitored at the UN (rather than cynically being used as a political tool) then that will provide I think a good “trickle down” model that can help companies in their efforts to provide economic growth and protect human rights at the same time.

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