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Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Rights and the Law: Multinational Corporations in Developing Countries


ISBN13: 9780415597852
Published: May 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £110.00
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The control of multinational corporations is an area of law that has attracted immense attention both at national and international level. In recognition of the importance of the subject matter, the United Nations Secretary General has appointed a special representative to work in this area.

This book considers the legal control of multinational corporations (MNCs) for violations of human rights from a developing country’s perspective, examining the role for corporate social responsibility (CSR) in regulating the conduct of MNCs. The book uses the case study of Nigeria which is host to major MNCs from the EU and the US, to show that the CSR concept is currently insufficient to deal with externalities emanating from MNCs‘ operations including human rights violations. The book goes on to argue that whilst control of MNCs involves regulation at the international level, more emphasis needs to be placed on possibilities at home States and host States where there are stronger bases for the control of corporations. It examines possibilities in the European Union, exploring ways in which the EU can ensure that MNCs from its territory do not violate human rights when operating abroad.

Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
1. Historical Background to Multinational Corporations, States and International Regulation
2. Corporate Social Responsibility and its Relationship to Law
3. A Case Study: The Nigerian Legal and Institutional Framework and the Control of Multinationals
4. The African Regional Human Rights System and Multinational Corporations: A State Responsibility Approach to the Control of Multinational Corporations
5. The European Union and Corporate Responsibility in Vulnerable States
6. The Foundation for a Global Law for Multinational Corporations

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