Building business, human rights and climate change synergies in Southeast Asia: what the Philippines’ National Inquiry on Climate Change could mean for ASEAN
Sara K Phillips*Stockholm Environment Institute and Chulalongkorn University

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Climate change has a profound impact on economic growth, development and social progress. Climate action, through greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation to current and predicted effects of climate change, has only recently begun to consider the range of human rights implications both of action and inaction when it comes to mitigating climate impacts. While states are the primary duty bearers for the human rights of their citizens, recent examples of climate change litigation offer unique opportunities to consider the role and responsibilities of corporations for their contributions to anthropogenic climate change. The Philippines’ National Inquiry on Climate Change (NICC) offers an innovative approach to understanding the interplay and synergies between business, human rights and climate change, highlighting the increasing importance of these relationships. Building on the NICC’s preliminary findings, this article considers the nexus between business, human rights and climate change in the ASEAN context and reflects on the significance of domestic climate change litigation for regional governance approaches, policymaking and cooperation.


** The authors are grateful to the article’s anonymous reviewers and the JHRE editorial staff and board for their patience and substantive, insightful comments. These contributions invariably improved the article’s quality, focus and analysis. We are indebted to Albert Salamanca for his role in helping to craft and identify the foundational ideas connected to the creation of this piece. We thank David Beckstead for his feedback and critique of the article during various phases of its inception. Sara K Phillips received funding for this research through the Doctoral Scholarship in Sustainability and Environmental Politics, a scholarship jointly administered by the Faculty of Political Science and Graduate School of Chulalongkorn University and the Stockholm Environment Institute. Funding for Nicole Anschell was provided by the Sida core support to the Stockholm Environment Institute. Additional funding for Phillips was provided by the 100th Anniversary Chulalongkorn University Fund for Doctoral Scholarship and the Scholarship for International Graduate Students, supported by the Chulalongkorn University Graduate School. This article has changed substantially over time. The views expressed, and any errors that may remain, are the authors’ own.

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