Can the UN help business help itself?

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The UN recently hired John Ruggie to evaluate the international human rights standards of businesses. In today’s International Herald Tribune, Thorsten Benner offers Ruggie his suggestions:

Responsible business needs a core set of binding rules to credibly be able to counter accusations that its corporate social responsibility initiatives are mere window dressing. Such a set of rules would benefit companies that take their responsibilities seriously and give them a competitive edge through conducting responsible business - essentially, it would create a level playing field on which corporate laggards and cheaters will be called to account.

More on CSR and human rights from Rapid Response, the IFC and the UN.

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