Research Handbook on Labour, Business and Human Rights Law
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Research Handbook on Labour, Business and Human Rights Law

Edited by Janice R. Bellace and Beryl ter Haar

Inquisitive and diverse, this innovative Research Handbook explores the ways in which human rights apply to people at work, through national constitutional provisions, judicial decisions and the application of rights expressed in supranational instruments. Key topics include evaluation of the role of the ILO in developing and promoting internationally recognized labour rights, and the examination of the meaning of the obligation of business to respect human rights, considering the evolution from international soft law to incorporation in codes of conduct and the emerging requirement of due diligence.
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Chapter 22: Multinational enterprises and labour rights: concepts and implementation

Nicolas Bueno

Abstract

The responsibility of multinational enterprises to respect labour rights in global operations has been widely discussed in the corporate social responsibility and business ethics literature. Since the adoption of the United Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011, legal scholars are formalising this discussion around the legal concept of corporate human rights due diligence. This chapter outlines these legal trends for labour rights and introduces the idea of ‘corporate labor rights due diligence’. It presents the comparative transnational case law as well as recent legislative developments requiring multinational enterprises to conduct due diligence with regard to labour rights. It also brings some ideas for interdisciplinary research and some limits of the contemporary discussions on multinational enterprises and labour rights.

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