This article applies a business and human rights lens to the new on-demand/sharing economy models. It explores potential human rights impacts associated with the shift to the on-demand economy, reviews recent efforts in business and public policy to begin to address these impacts, and points to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as a useful framework to define responsibility and guide action by both business and government.
Article One is pleased to launch our new interview series: Five Questions for Business & Human Rights Leaders. The series profiles leaders from business, civil society, and government who are working to advance corporate respect for human rights. Our inaugural interview is with Michelle Naggar, Vice President of Social Responsibility for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.. Under Ms. Naggar’s leadership, Starwood has published a Human Rights Statement, conducted corporate- and country-level human rights impact assessments and established a Human Rights Council. Ms. Naggar speaks with Article One about how she secured internal buy-in and what steps she is taking to advance industry practice globally.
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 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."