Welcome to the Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum.
Please use this space to suggest alternative dilemmas that you feel might be worth exploring in detail or if you wish to suggest a different facet of dilemmas already selected. Likewise, suggest case studies demonstrating how multi-national companies have positively addressed some of the dilemmas articulated in this Forum.
25-02-2014 01:29 PM
"How does a company respect local communities' right to water when operating production facilities that require high levels of water consumption and where the community suffers from an inadequate water supply by relevant government authorities, but where the business is welcome as a source of jobs and revenue?"
28-04-2014 11:35 AM
"How does a company address the presence of child labour in its supply chain, particularly in locations where child labour is relatively common and where there is evidence that removing income-generating opportunities will push children into deeper poverty or other forms of exploitation?"
24-04-2014 05:28 PM
"How does a company respect human rights when attempting to acquire land for infrastructure projects or mineral exploration in countries where national law permits expropriation by the government seeking to attract the company's operations, even if landowners have not agreed that the compensation offered for their land is adequate or where land rights might be uncertain?"
22-07-2014 01:56 PM
19-06-2014 10:47 AM
25-11-2013 05:35 PM
27-02-2014 08:37 PM
"How should a responsible company operate in conflict-affected, fragile countries and weak governance zones to ensure that its operations contribute to peace-building rather than aggravate tensions and instigate conflicts?"
20-06-2014 01:58 PM
15-01-2014 02:13 PM
19-06-2014 11:11 AM
"How does a company respect the right to freedom of association in its operations and supply chain when its operations, business partners or suppliers are based in countries where such rights are heavily restricted in law and/or practice?"
24-12-2013 01:54 PM
19-02-2013 06:00 PM
20-06-2014 06:36 PM
"What should a company do when its internal policies prohibit gender discrimination and promote gender equality, yet local cultural, legal or business norms permit and promote discrimination against women within some of the countries where it operates?"
25-02-2014 01:03 PM
"How does a company ensure workers within its supply chain enjoy adequate safety protection within the workplace, when it sources from supplier companies in countries with little or no safety protection, either because the law is inadequate or the law in not enforced?"
25-03-2014 01:00 PM
"When operating in countries with a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and poor health care systems, how does business implement an effective and responsible disease management programme that respects the right to privacy and ensures non-discrimination against employees?"
29-11-2013 06:04 PM
"How does a company respect the right of workers to an adequate standard of living when operating in or sourcing from areas where there is limited access to adequate housing including related access to clean water, sanitation and other public amenities, and where the responsibility for and cost of addressing these wider requirements are beyond the practical scope of the business and are the responsibility of other actors like government partners or suppliers?"
24-12-2013 02:06 PM
"How does a company ensure there is no association with human trafficking in its operations or supply chains when these extend into areas where trafficking is common in terms of the procurement of people, their transportation or their use as labour?"
22-07-2014 02:48 PM
"How can responsible companies pursue profitable activities that have an inherently significant physical, social or cultural impact, ensure that their operations are not undermining the rights of indigenous peoples particularly when working in geographical areas that may have land right conflicts or complex histories or that are in or contiguous to protected areas or their margins?"
24-03-2014 07:22 PM
"How does a company ensure that it, and its in-country business partners or suppliers, pay living wages to employees when the host country does not have a statutory minimum wage - or the minimum wage fails to provide for an adequate standard of living for a worker and their family?"
10-04-2014 05:24 PM
“How does a company ensure decent working conditions and equal treatment for migrant workers within its own operations or those of its business partners and suppliers when operating in a jurisdiction where migrant workers form a significant part of the workforce and where the government does not provide them with adequate protection?”
24-04-2014 03:30 PM
"How can responsible companies protect their legitimate legal, ethical and commercial interests, assets and integrity in emerging economies while maintaining the right to privacy of employees, business partners and customers, when such rights are less well protected or where domestic laws infringe on privacy, and where there is high risk of exposure to corruption and fraud?"
19-08-2013 10:30 AM
02-09-2013 01:21 PM
15-01-2014 02:55 PM
"How does a responsible business address the need for stability when investing in or funding long-term projects, where the inclusion of ‘stabilisation clauses' in investment contracts can discourage host states from applying higher human rights standards?"
29-01-2011 09:18 PM
"How does a company ensure it respects relevant international standards and national laws relating to working hours within its supply chain when workers are either compelled, have no choice, or operate in a context which makes them accept excessive working hours?"
24-12-2013 02:15 PM
09-03-2013 09:29 AM