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‘Business and Human Rights’ from Donaldson to Ruggie – A Review of a Classic Book: Thomas Donaldson, The Ethics of International Business (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989) pp 224.

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John T Ryan Jr. Professor of International Business Ethics Mendoza College of Business University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA)

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1 Human Rights Council, ‘Business and Human Rights: Mapping International Standards of Responsibility and Accountability for Corporate Acts’, A/HRC/4/35 (19 February 2007).

2 See Enderle, Georges, International Business Ethics: Challenges and Approaches (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1999).

3 De George, Richard T, ‘A History of the International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics, Part I’, ISBEE (02 July 2014), http://isbee.org/category/history (accessed 6 August 2015); Georges Enderle, ‘A History of the International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics, Part II’, ISBEE (25 July 2014), http://isbee.org/category/history (accessed 6 August 2015).

4 Ruggie, John G, Just Business. Multinational Corporations and Human Rights (New York: Norton, 2013).

5 Enderle, GeorgesExploring and Conceptualizing International Business Ethics’ (2015) 127(4) Journal of Business Ethics 723.

6 Donaldson, Thomas, The Ethics of International Business (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989) 76.

7 Shue, Henry, Basic Rights, Subsistence, Affluence and US Foreign Policy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980).

8 Whelan, Daniel J, Indivisible Human Rights. A History (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010).

9 Scherer, Andreas G and Palazzo, Guido (eds.), Handbook of Research on Global Corporate Citizenship (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2008).

10 Ruggie, note 4, xii.

11 Gewirth, Alan, ‘The Epistemology of Human Rights’ (1984) 1(2) Social Philosophy and Policy 1.

12 Donaldson, note 6, 82.

13 See also Bowie, Norman E, ‘Moral Decision Making and Multinationals. Review of The Ethics of International Business by Thomas Donaldson’ (1991) 1(1) Business Ethics Quarterly 223; Brenkert, George G, ‘Can We Afford International Human Rights?’ (1992) 11(7) Journal of Business Ethics 515.

14 Donaldson, Thomas and Dunfee, Thomas W, Ties That Bind. A Social Contract Approach to Business Ethics (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1999).

15 Buhmann, Karin, ‘The Development of the “UN Framework”: A Pragmatic Process Towards a Pragmatic Outcome’ in Radu Mares (ed.), The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Foundations and Implementation (Leiden: Koninklijke Brill, 2012) 85105; Buhmann, Karin, ‘Business and Human Rights: Analysing Discursive Articulation of Stakeholder Interests to Explain the Consensus-based Construction of the “Protect, Respect, Remedy” UN Framework’ (2012) 1(1) International Law Research 88.

16 Some ethical explications of the Framework are discussed in Georges Enderle (2014), ‘Some Ethical Explications of the UN Framework for Business and Human Rights’ in Oliver F Williams (ed.), Sustainable Development. The UN Millennium Development Goals, The UN Global Compact, and the Common Good (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014) 163–83.

17 Donaldson, note 6, xii.

18 Ibid, 3.

19 See Enderle, Georges, ‘Business Ethics in the 21st Century Walks on Two Legs’ in E. Kimman, A. Schilder, and F. Jacobs (eds.), Drieluijk. Godsdienst – Samenleving – Bedrijfsethiek. Liber Amicorum voor Henk van Luijk (Amsterdam: Thela Thesis, 1999) 185189.

20 Sen, Amartya, ‘Human Development and Human Rights’ in United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2000 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).

21 Sen, Amartya, ‘Elements of a Theory of Human Rights’ (2004) 32(4) Philosophy and Public Affairs 315.

* John T Ryan Jr. Professor of International Business Ethics Mendoza College of Business University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA)

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