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Multinational Corporations and Global JusticeHuman Rights Obligations of a Quasi-Governmental Institution$
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Florian Wettstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762403

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762403.001.0001

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Challenging Common Perceptions

Challenging Common Perceptions

Some Preliminary Conceptual Reflections on Multinational Corporations' Obligations of Justice

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(p.261) Chapter 8 Challenging Common Perceptions
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Multinational Corporations and Global Justice
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762403.003.0008

This chapter examines multinational corporations' (MNCs) obligations of global justice by focusing on three existing perceptions and debates about the role and responsibilities of corporations in society: the neoclassical business model, conventional approaches to corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship, and the newly emerging debate on business and human rights. It discusses the conceptual features of corporate obligations of global justice, challenges the neoclassical perspective on business, and offers suggestions for the improvement of the last two debates. The chapter first outlines the basic presumption of profit maximization that underlies the neoclassical business model before testing its legitimacy in light of the justice-based perspective. It also assesses the relationship between business and human rights and emphasizes the importance of human development in this regard.

Keywords:   global justice, neoclassical business model, corporate social responsibility, corporate citizenship, human rights, human development, profit maximization

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