This module examines how different types of organisations (e.g., multinationals, NGOs, non-profits, and social enterprises) may facilitate social change, including how they drive social innovation and manage their human rights impact. Moreover, the module discusses the key schools of business ethics, which serve as a foundation for both corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business and human rights.
This module is case-based, with students analyzing recent organisational cases from across the world. The lectures and readings provide the theoretical framework for understanding the challenges and opportunities for organizations to enable and drive social innovation and change.
The aims of this module are to:
Explore the meaning of human rights standards and understand their importance in business
Analyse the ways in which multinational companies manage human rights liability
Manage human rights strategies in a global context
Understand how companies respond effectively to criticism of human rights-related issues
Explore emerging challenges in business and human rights
Explanations of human rights and their relation to business
Antecedents and evolution of business and human rights in the global context
Implementation of human rights strategies in a global context, including within CSR programs
Issues encountered by multinational companies in managing human rights impacts
How companies handle legal liability for human rights-related issues.
Future potential of business and human rights in a global context
Criticism of various approaches to business and human rights
100% coursework components, comprising:
- 40% is based on an individual essay
- 40% is based on group project
- 20% is based on oral presentation
Current students should refer to Moodle for specific details of the current year’s assessment.
Clapham, A (2007). Human Rights: A Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford UP.
Griseri P. & N. Seppala (2010). Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Andover, Hampshire: Cengage.