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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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Making Sense of Multinational Corporations' Obligations of Justice

Making Sense of Multinational Corporations' Obligations of Justice

(p.290) Chapter 9 Making Sense of Multinational Corporations' Obligations of Justice
Multinational Corporations and Global Justice
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines what multinational corporations' (MNCs) obligations of global justice actually look like. There are three basic categories of duties corresponding to each right: the duty to avoid depriving, the duty to protect from deprivation, and the duty to aid the deprived. In order to make sense of MNCs' obligations of justice, this chapter evaluates their role in these three categories of general human rights obligations and defines and specifies them in terms of respect, protection, and realization of human rights. All three categories unfold within the context of avoiding injustice by respecting human rights, preventing injustice by protecting human rights, and restoring justice by proactively realizing human rights. The chapter also discusses the complicity of a corporation in human rights abuse, considers University of Michigan economist C. K. Prahalad's argument about the need for big corporations to solve big problems, corporations' remedial duties at the social policy level, and their role in public policy dialogue and provision of global public goods.

Keywords:   global justice, human rights, injustice, complicity, C. K. Prahalad, remedial duties, social policy, public policy, public goods

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