A Critical Analysis of Business Declarations and Statements from a Human Rights Perspective


  • Nicolás Carrillo-Santarelli Instituto de Derechos Humanos y Empresas de la Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)
  • Ulf Thoene EICEA, Universidad de La Sabana

Palabras clave:

business and human rights, social responsibility, voluntary standards, effective protection, normative interaction.


Recent developments in the business and human rights field demonstrate an eagerness to come up with stronger regulations addressed at corporations in the internal realm, required by international norms. This is seen as conducive to the necessary protection of human dignity, which therefore can be seen as insufficiently achieved at the moment. Given the existence of voluntarily-accepted initiatives on corporate-conduct regulation created by businesses or by third parties which are yet not mandatory, it is necessary to consider whether the previous perception is accurate. The article explores this and identifies that voluntary initiatives may produce positive effects that increase the likelihood of a responsible business conduct from a human rights perspective if certain conditions are met, among others by interacting with other regimes in a multi-level manner. However, it also observes that they are unreliable and in no way replace or eliminate the need of coming with mandatory corporate obligations.

Biografía del autor/a

Nicolás Carrillo-Santarelli, Instituto de Derechos Humanos y Empresas de la Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)

Investigador asociado del Instituto de Derechos Humanos y Empresas de la Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) y profesor del programa de Maestría en Derecho Internacional de la Universidad de La Sabana.

Ulf Thoene, EICEA, Universidad de La Sabana

EICEA, Universidad de La Sabana, Bogota, Colombia.


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