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Accounting for Human Rights: The Challenge of Globalization and Foreign Investment Agreements

Sikka, P (2011) Accounting for Human Rights: The Challenge of Globalization and Foreign Investment Agreements. UNSPECIFIED. EBS Working Papers, Colchester.

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Abstract

Following the triumph of neoliberalism, trade and investment are considered to be the dominant routes to economic and social development. This has further enhanced the power of transnational corporations. Developing countries are increasingly expected to secure foreign investment to stimulate their economies and lift the local population out of poverty. However, foreign investment also has implications for protection and enjoyment of human rights. Transnational corporations manage their risks by imposing stabilization clauses on host countries that constrain their ability to protect and enhance human rights. Conventional accounting and corporate social responsibility reports seem to be unable to respond to the emerging agenda on human rights. This paper seeks to stimulate debates about the protection and enjoyment of human rights by drawing attention to the way corporations constrain governments and people through clauses in investment agreements. Some evidence is provided through an examination of an investment agreement relating to the Chad?Cameroon oil and pipeline project. The paper calls for the production of counter accounts to challenge the hegemony of corporations and create spaces for the enjoyment of human rights.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, Globalization, Stabilization Clauses
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Users 161 not found.
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2014 11:42
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:56
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8117

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