CGBE Lectures - Unintended Consequences: Human Rights Challenges in the Apparel and Technology Sectors

25.10.2018
20:00

Kategorie: Allgemeines, Competence Center for Corporate Governance & Business Ethics

Wann: 25.10.2018
Uhrzeit: 20:00 Uhr
Wo: FHWien der WKW, Währinger Gürtel 97, 1180 Wien, Audimax
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Dr. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly is Research Director at the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern (USA). In her presentation, Dr. Baumann-Pauly will focus on Unintended Consequences: Human Rights Challenges in the Apparel and Technology Sectors. For more information, please refer to the abstract below. The lecture will be held in English.

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This event is free of charge.

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Best regards,
Research Cluster SMEs & Family Businesses
Competence Center for Corporate Governance & Business Ethics

Abstract
Companies are increasingly aware that they need to manage the effects their actions have on human rights. To do so, many companies engage in so-called corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. These initiatives have evolved over the years, but their effectiveness remains questionable. Corporate respect for international labor standards in global supply chains remains weak; social media platforms threaten to undermine the values of our democracies by disseminating politically motivated disinformation.

Despite companies' best intentions, current CSR approaches fail to look deeply at the business models that lead to systemic human rights harms. In the talk, examples from our research in the apparel and tech sectors will illustrate how current business model undermine companies' efforts to establish respect for human rights. I will offer initial recommendations for what companies can do to align core business mechanisms with their commitment to human rights.


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