Locating business and human rights in an organisation
Chapter 14 considers where the best place is to locate the business and human rights function within a corporation’s organisational structure. Previously, to the extent that corporations have worked on human rights, and related issues like corporate social responsibility, it has been common for these work areas to sit within human resources, marketing, or the pro bono area. This chapter highlights the limitations of these approaches. Instead, it recommends that the integration of human rights’ management throughout the core functions of a corporation is preferable. One way this has been done successfully is to locate the business and human rights function within the legal and risk management area. Lastly, for any corporation to successfully embed human rights throughout its organisation, active support and sponsorship from senior leadership and the board are crucial.