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Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship: Results of Initial Research

Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship: Results of Initial Research
  • Pacific Institute, United Nations Global Compact. August 2012
  • This publication summarizes initial research to understand and elucidate international and national legal trends relate to the human right to water and sanitation (HRWS), illustrating some of the current challenges businesses face in respecting this right, as well as the perspectives of potentially-affected communities, and lastly identifying areas of potential synergy with companies existing water stewardship efforts. The report is divided into 7 sections. Section A introduces the report. Section B outlines key developments in the broader business and human rights field, focused on the endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles. Section C summarizes recent legal and policy developments relating specifically to the HRWS at the international and national levels. Section D draws on significant research in identifying some of the current expectations of stakeholders regarding business-related impacts on water. Section E discusses a number of cases relating to corporate respect for the HRWS drawing on actual corporate practice. Section F discusses some areas of potential difference, and also synergy, between the UN Guiding Principles and current corporate water stewardship practices. Finally, Section G concludes with possible areas for examination during the project's second phase.
  • Geographical coverage: Africa, Asia, Global, India, Tanzania (United Republic of), Tunisia
  • Main themes: Community participation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Gender, Human right to water and sanitation, Human rights, Legal aspects, Mining, Oil industry, Participation, Pollution, Water management, Water policy
  • Main target audience: Business leaders, Private sector, Project managers, Stakeholders
  • Main purpose: Reporting on project findings/outputs
  • Type of resource: Case studies, Research study
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Published in 2015