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HUMAN RIGHTS: Raising the standard

09 March 2012  

Businesses are under increasing pressure to adopt international principles protecting workers’ rights, despite weaknesses in the law in individual countries, warns Keith Corkan

Increasingly, multinational companies are being reminded by their advisers, regulators, the media and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) about the importance of incorporating human rights policies into their domestic and international operations. This article will attempt to show how this is increasingly becoming a public issue for multinationals and their advisers, particularly in relation to international labour standards. In the US, in particular, the issue also has political and social ramifications.

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