Dr. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Research Director (NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights):

Companies are increasingly aware that they need to manage the effects their actions have on human rights. To do so, many companies engage in so-called corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. These initiatives have evolved over the years, but their effectiveness remains questionable. Corporate respect for international labor standards in global supply chains remains weak; social media platforms threaten to undermine the values of our democracies by disseminating politically motivated disinformation.
Despite companies’ best intentions, current CSR approaches fail to look deeply at the business models that lead to systemic human rights harms. In the talk, examples from our research in the apparel and tech sectors will illustrate how the current business model undermines companies’ efforts to establish respect for human rights. I will offer initial recommendations for what companies can do to align core business mechanisms with their commitment to human rights.

In dieser Vorlesungsreihe tragen international führende WissenschaftlerInnen und PraktikerInnen zu Themen aus den Bereichen Wirtschaft- und Unternehmensethik vor. Die Vorlesungsreihe richtet sich an Studierende, WissenschaftlerInnen sowie an VertreterInnen staatlicher und nicht-staatlicher Organisationen (insb. Unternehmen).

Die CGBE Lectures finden jeweils von 20:00 bis 21:45 Uhr im Audimax der FHWien der WKW statt (Währinger Gürtel 97, 1180 Wien).

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