Graham Sustainability Institute

Business and Human Rights

BL 530

In 2011 the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Since that time, understanding and attempting to implement those principles has become a priority for many corporations. In addition, governments and NGOs are exploring ways to hold corporations accountable for their human rights performance. This course will help students understand:
- The international community's approach to human rights, and the specific principles and standards on business and human rights.
- The ways business can impact human rights (both positively and negatively) in various industries. 
- Corporations' obligation to respect human rights (under the UN guiding principles on Business and Human Rights), and the criticisms of this approach.
- The challenges corporations face in attempting to respect human rights.
- Corporations' legal accountability for human rights violations, and the limits of the legal system in this area.

Business (Ross)
Winter 2018
Winter 2019