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Centre for International Environmental Studies

Socializing Markets: Business and Human Rights

Research Assistant: Ioana Tuta
Timeline: 2013 - 2016


The project “Socializing Markets: Business and Human Rights” is investigating the mechanisms through which companies in the extractive sector commit to and implement human rights policies, with a particular focus on the extractive companies with operations in Peru. The adoption of the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011 has triggered a learning process, whereby a significant number of “enlightened” multinational companies have committed to integrate human rights in their managerial processes and corporate culture. Thus, the thesis attempts to trace how human rights norms travel from the international to the local levels – from the headquarters of companies to their subsidiaries operating in distinct national and local contexts - and across organisational realms – from the legal and political domain to the managerial and corporate environment.