Let's talk rights: Messages for the just corporation–transforming the economy through the language of rights [Book Review]
Journal of Business Ethics 78 (1-2):247 - 263 (2008)
Neoliberal globalization has not yielded the results it promised; global inequality has risen, poverty and hunger are still prevailing in large parts of this world. If this devastating situation shall be improved, economists must talk less about economic growth and more about people’s rights. The use of the language of rights will be key for making the economy work more in favor of the least advantaged in this world. Not only will it provide us with the vocabulary necessary to reframe such pressing global problems and to find adequate economic solutions; it will also deliver the basis for deriving according duties and duty-bearers – the language of rights is congruent with the language of justice and as such it is inevitably and at the same time the language of obligations. The language of obligations exposes the multinational corporation as one of the main agents of justice in the global economy. Taking distributive justice as a starting point for reflection, a consistent derivation of the multinational’s moral obligations must focus on capabilities rather than on causality. This will lead to a shift from merely passive to active duties and accordingly to a stronger emphasis on the corporation’s contribution to the realization of positive rights.
|Keywords||corporate social responsibility justice language of rights multinational corporation obligations of justice self-interest|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
The Theory of Communicative Action, Vol. 1, 'Reason and the Rationalization of Society'.Jürgen Habermas - 1984 - Polity..
Redistribution or Recognition?: A Political-Philosophical Exchange.Nancy Fraser (ed.) - 2003 - Verso.
Globalization and its Discontents (London: Allen Lane, 2002).J. Stiglitz - 2004 - Res Publica 10 (193-205):2004.
The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts.Axel Honneth - 1996 - MIT Press.
The Association Between Corporate Social-Responsibility and Financial Performance: The Paradox of Social Cost. [REVIEW]Moses L. Pava & Joshua Krausz - 1996 - Journal of Business Ethics 15 (3):321 - 357.
Citations of this work BETA
Beyond Voluntariness, Beyond CSR: Making a Case for Human Rights and Justice.Florian Wettstein - 2009 - Business and Society Review 114 (1):125-152.
Societal Ethos and Economic Development Organizations in Nicaragua.Josep F. Mària & Daniel Arenas - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (2):231 - 244.
Trust, Morality, and the Privatization of Water Services in Developing Countries.Abu Shiraz Rahaman, Jeff Everett & Dean Neu - 2013 - Business and Society Review 118 (4):539-575.
Similar books and articles
The Process of Embedding Human Rights Within Subsidiaries of a Multinational Corporation.Esther M. J. Schouten - 2009 - International Corporate Responsibility Series 4:35-57.
Collective Rights and Minority Rights.Seumas Miller - 2000 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (2):241-257.
Trading and Aiding Human Rights: Corporations in the Global Economy.David Kinley & Justine Nolan - manuscript
The Language of Rights.Michael Baur - 2010 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 84:89-98.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads16 ( #299,572 of 2,172,801 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #324,903 of 2,172,801 )
How can I increase my downloads?