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International Corporate Social Responsibility And International Law

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This chapter seeks to assess how, to date, international law has embraced the concept of "International Corporate Social Responsibility" (ICSR). It aims to bring together a number of themes that are central to the development of this new issue for international law. The chapter discusses what ICSR actually is, why this matter is on the agenda at all and what underlying principles it works from. It then brings matters up to date with an examination of one aspect of the wider ICSR debate, namely, how are corporate responsibilities in the field of human rights being developed in the UN? This is pertinent as the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Human Rights and Business, John Ruggie [SRSG], has challenged the system of international law to come up with a response to the demand that corporations act in accordance with international human rights standards in their operations.

Keywords: human rights; international corporate social responsibility (ICSR); international law; John Ruggie



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