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 23: The EU’s CSR policy in a global and national context

Beryl ter Haar and Attila Kun


A study of the EU’s CSR policies is interesting for various reasons, among which its unique approach on businesses as ‘a legal institution designed to resolve collective action problems between stakeholders and to serve as a repository of collectively held rights’ (Carse and Njoya, 2017). While the EU incorporates global developments, such as the ILO’s tripartite declaration on MNEs, the OECD Guidelines, and the UN’s Guiding Principles, it has also created its own dynamic of CSR policy. Furthermore, we explore developments on CSR within some new and some old Member States. More generally, we analyse how the EU interacts with global initiatives as well as national CSR initiatives (vertical CSR governance) and we reflect on the level of norms promoted by the various governance levels and initiatives (horizontal CSR issues) with the argument that there is a need for increased consistency among various levels of the complex network of CSR – Business and Human Rights governance.

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