CSR and human rights: Are we far from the Middle Ages?

CSR and human rightsThe processes of globalization are changing the world, businesses are becoming more opportunities to impact on the livelihoods of people, therefore, the level of responsibility should naturally increase.
The desire of companies to build their own policy of corporate social responsibility (CSR) grows as well, because it is closely linked to sustainable business expansion.
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In accordance with human rights law and ISO 26000 corporate social responsibility is defined as the responsibility of the organization for the impact of its decisions and actions on the social order and the surroundings, which is expressed in a translucent and moral behavior that contributes to sustainable progress of the social order, takes into account the potential of the founders of the organization meets the requirements of current legislation and international norms of behavior, and integrated throughout the organization and implemented in its relations.
ISO 26000 comprises six main aspects of the main list of human rights:
1. Human rights and responsibilities;
2. Compliance with labor standards;
3. Environment;
4. Honest business practices;
5. Issues related to the consumers;
6. Community participation and development.
Thus, following the logic, the human rights must be a priority for successful companies that position themselves as socially responsible entities. What happens in practice?
Despite the priority of human rights, studies made by Amnesty International organization, show that companies are able to have a negative impact on the rights of individuals and large groups of people. Thus at the national and at the international level there are practically no effective approaches to prevent violations of human rights by legal persons or to hold violators accountable.
According to a study conducted by the Special Representative on human rights and the economy of the United Nations, John Ruggie, the most frequent violations of human rights take place in the sector of development.

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