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Due diligence and the power of economic players

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This chapter examines to what extent macro structures, such as economic globalisation, play a role in the implementation of due diligence. It addresses the question: do economic players, such as multinational companies, hold legal duties under international human rights law, and if so which measures do they have to fulfil? And do they have their own due diligence obligations. The chapter begins with a short overview of where women are in the global economy and the implications of globalisation for women and for states responsibilities with regard to womens human rights. It traces the development of international codes on corporate social responsibility. The chapter also examines the role played by civil society in research, campaigning and advocacy on the power and responsibilities of economic players and concludes that a new politics and greater engagement by feminists in democratic processes are needed to build accountable governance.

Keywords: due diligence; economic players; global economy; international human rights law; womens human rights



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