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Global Accountability - or the Lack Thereof?: A study on global instruments for corporate responsibility
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to examine and evaluate the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprise and the National Contact Points of said guidelines as a mechanism to regulate how multinational corporations affect global human rights in connection to global accountability. Due to limited time and resources the study will be based on the empirical material from a specific instance raised by the Swedish National Contact Point (NCP) in 2003 involving the Swedish corporations Sandvik and Atlas Copco. The essay sets out to answer these research questions:

1) Does the NCP implementation serve as a mechanism for global accountability for

corporate violations of human rights?

2) How did the implementation process express itself in the case of Sandvik and Atlas Copco; and also, have improvements been made in the aspect of human?

This essay draws on theories regarding global responsibilities and how these responsibilities are connected to rights (human rights in particular). The reasoning of David Miller is used to discuss how responsibilities could be assigned according to different principles, and thereby on what terms actors could be held accountable.

In conclusion the NCP implementation does not serve as a mechanism for global accountability for corporate violations of human rights, but it has the potential to do so, and it may be the best option available for demanding global accountability of this kind at the

present. My study on the case of Sandvik and Atlas Copco showed that among the biggest difficulties was finding objective material. The OECD Guidelines have been extended to apply globally, but it seems to me there are not sufficient resources to go out in the field and

gather information on behalf of the NCPs. The study could be used to evaluate other specific instances or National Contact Points.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 56 p.
Keyword [en]
OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprise, National Contact Point, Corporate responsibility, human rights, global accountability
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-1702OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-1702DiVA: diva2:5679
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