Leading companies today understand that they have a responsibility to respect human rights wherever they operate. But who are the people making sure that their companies meet this responsibility? As part of the Peterson Series at Haas, Article One sat down with two of its clients, Gap and Microsoft, to explore how business leaders can embed human rights in their companies in ways that advance both business goals and human rights.
Who is responsible for safety in the sharing economy? This question is at the heart of a heartbreaking recent story by freelance journalist Zak Stone, who tells of his father’s accidental death during a stay at an Airbnb rental.
The same week the Supreme Court voted to recognize same sex marriages, the Justices upheld another important human right: the right to privacy. On June 22, the Supreme Court struck down a Los Angeles city law requiring hotels to turn over guest information to local authorities, even in the absence of a warrant. This case was just one example of the increasing limitations of companies to protect the privacy of customer and employee when confronted with illegitimate government requests.
Last week, at the G7 Summit, leaders of some of the world's largest economies for the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights(UNGPs). This is an important and welcome step toward the state protection of human rights, but it's just the beginning.
Last week at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, business, civil society and government gathered to assess the progress companies have made in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
In 1995, Hillary Clinton, addressing the United Nations, put the point powerfully and succinctly: "Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights."