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Launch of the UCL Institute for Human Rights

Start: Oct 16, 2009 12:00 AM
End: Oct 16, 2009 12:00 AM

The UCL Institute for Human Rights (IHR) was officially launched with an exciting high-profile event on corporate social responsibility (CSR).

'Corporate Social Responsibility & Human Rights: Have Ten Years of Voluntarism Worked?’

While international corporations are taken to court for complicity in human-rights abuses and the trade in child labour and sweatshops is still a scourge throughout the world, this event asks whether the international approach to CSR of the last ten years has worked.

The approach of the last decade has focused primarily on voluntary measures taken by companies and enterprises, and finds expression in codes of conduct and non-binding agreements like the UN Global Compact. The CSR movement originally proposed some measures which should be legally binding on corporations, together with voluntary measures, but this was rejected for a voluntarist approach.

Ten years on we can ask: Has this worked?

Alternatively, this video is available on iTunes U.


  • Opening Welcome (Dame Hazel Genn)
  • Keynote speech (Robert McCorquodale)
  • Introduction of next speaker (Dr. Saladin Meckled-Garcia)
  • Keynote speech (Susan George)
  • About the Institute (Dr. George Letsas)
  • Panel Discussion (Roger Smith, Director of JUSTICE; Leif Wenar, Philosopher; Martin Summers, Corporate Social Responsibility Representative for British American Tobacco; Colm O'Cinneide, Legal Adviser (Equalities) to the Joint Select Committee on Human Rights; Richard Howitt MEP, Politician)
  • Final thoughts (Stephen Rubin)
  • Closing thanks (Professor Malcolm Grant)

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