Corporate accountability in relation to human rights: Have RIOs done enough?

Islam, Muhammad Azizul, Quayle, Annette, & Haque, Shamima (2015) Corporate accountability in relation to human rights: Have RIOs done enough? In Crowther, David & Islam, Muhammad Azizul (Eds.) Sustainability After Rio. Emerald Group Publishing Inc, London, 161 -183.

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This chapter focuses on the development of corporate human rights standards since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, better known as the Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. One of the important agendas for this Summit was human rights (apart from the climate change issue). This chapter provides a critical evaluation of institutional change in human rights guidelines and associated corporate (non) accountability in relation to human rights in line with the RIO summit. Based on a review of the media reports, archival documents and a case study, we argue that while there are a number of international organisations working towards the creation of corporate accountability in relation to human rights, there is limited real change in corporate action when faced with no government regulation. A radical (reform-based) approach, such as mandatory monitoring (compliance audit) and disclosure requirements is necessary to ensure corporate accountability in relation to human rights.

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ID Code: 94480
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Human Rights, Corporations, Accountability, RIO, Disclosure
DOI: 10.1108/S2043-052320150000008008
ISBN: 9781785604454
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Deposited On: 06 Apr 2016 01:54
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2016 00:58

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