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International Documents on Corporate Responsibility

Edited by Stephen Tully

International Documents on Corporate Responsibility includes the principal international, regional and national instruments drafted by intergovernmental organisations or states as well as codes of conduct formulated by industry associations, trade unions and non-governmental organisations. The coverage includes the fields of human rights, international criminal and environmental law, labour standards, international trade, armed conflict, sustainable development, corruption, consumer protection and corporate governance. Each document is accompanied by a brief explanatory commentary outlining the historical origins of the instrument, the principal actors involved, controversial negotiation issues, applicable implementation procedure, and identifies further reference material.
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Chapter 83: Oxfam-Community Aid Abroad: Principles on a Human Rights Approach to Development, 2001


83. Oxfam–Community Aid Abroad: Principles on a Human Rights Approach to Development, 2001 Commentary: The Oxfam Principles (Policy Serial No 2.2) illustrate NGO expectations for greater commercial contributions to realising a human rights-oriented approach to sustainable development. See further, Community Aid Abroad (2004), ‘Mining Ombudsman Report’; Oxfam Community Aid Abroad acknowledges that without a respect for, and an understanding and promotion of human rights, there can be no real solution to poverty. While governments and various sectors of society fail to provide the frameworks to support the realisation of human rights for people and communities, there can be no long-term eradication of poverty. Oxfam Community Aid Abroad Principles In recent times Oxfam Community Aid Abroad has emphasised the use of a human rights framework in our work. A rights based approach to development empowers people to demand justice as a right, not as charity. We believe that the following human rights are central for true and sustainable development: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) The right to a sustainable livelihood. The right to basic services. The right to life and security. The right to be heard. The right to an identity: gender and diversity. These human rights must be seen in the context of the international human rights instruments including (but not limited to) the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women...

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