The purpose of this paper is to argue that corporate social responsibilities of international business can be defined in terms of human rights responsibilities.
The approach taken is to draw from international law to examine whether these responsibilities can be defined in a precise way.
The paper finds that human rights responsibilities of business needs further refining.
Research needs to be conducted from a law perspective on defining concepts such as “complicity”, “spheres of influence” or “respecting” human rights.
This paper calls upon international business and their stakeholders to use and pro‐actively manage their human rights responsibilities and further refine the existing managerial human rights tools.
In exploring the human rights responsibilities of business, this paper contributes to an important crossroads of international law and management.
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