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Implementing Corporate Social Responsibility: A Case of Human Rights

This seminar focuses on the activities and strategic approaches that companies have assumed to address human rights concerns, particularly in repressive regimes.

Human rights concerns are discussed and categorised into substantial and symbolic concerns requiring different responses from companies.

Three overall strategic approaches to human rights concerns are presented:
1. Direct approaches aiming to address the human rights concerns and their causes.
2. Indirect approaches where a company attempts to influence a human rights concern through affecting another party.
3. Communication approaches through which companies provide information and try to affect the views of other actors.

The strategic approaches are typically used in combination. The reasons for selecting a particular approach will be briefly discussed.

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