Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights in Assam Tea Plantations - A Business and Human Rights Approach

Madhura Rao, N. Bernaz

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Abstract

This paper explores how UK-based companies deal with their responsibility to respect the human rights of Assam (India) tea plantations workers. Using publicly available corporate reports and other documents, it investigates how companies approach, and communicate on, their potential human rights impacts. It highlights the gap between well-documented human rights issues on the ground and corporate reports on these issues. It aims to answer the following research question: in a context where the existence of human rights violations at the end of the supply chain is well-documented, how do companies reconcile their possible connection with those violations and the corporate responsibility to respect human rights under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? The paper reveals the weakness of the current CSR approach from the perspective of rights-holders. It supports a business and human rights approach, one that places the protection of human rights at its core.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen University & Research
Number of pages35
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameWageningen Law Series
No.02/2020

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