Business and Human Rights:. Companies in Conflict. March 2009 Presentation by Arvind Ganesan Director, Business and Human Rights Program. HRW’s Work on Companies and Conflict.
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Companies in Conflict
Presentation by Arvind Ganesan
Director, Business and Human Rights Program
Residents of Katalwadi village in India stand near Enron’s Dabhol power plant (in the background). When some villagers protested against the power plant, contractors for the company and police retaliated against them. © 1999 Arvind Ganesan
In order to deal with the problems of security and of corruption or mismanagement of resources, we have adopted a multifaceted approach.
However, the transparency movement has not necessarily improved human rights or reduced corruption.
4. Urge governments to aggressively enforce laws that would crack down on corruption and mismanagement that plague many resource-rich countries.
5. Urge institutions such as the IFC to aggressively enforce their own policies and press the private sector to adopt similar standards in lending.
6. In any situation, companies should always respect the labor rights of their employees.
7. Finally, to truly combat the problem, governments should pass baseline legislation requiring companies to respect human rights. We believe that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is a useful model to achieve this objective.