Corporate accountability in relation to human rights: Have RIOs done enough?

Muhammad Azizul Islam, Annette Quayle, Shamima Haque

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This chapter focuses on the development of corporate human rights standards since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, better known as the Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. One of the important agendas for this Summit was human rights (apart from the climate change issue). This chapter provides a critical evaluation of institutional change in human rights guidelines and associated corporate (non) accountability in relation to human rights in line with the RIO summit. Based on a review of the media reports, archival documents and a case study, we argue that while there are a number of international organisations working towards the creation of corporate accountability in relation to human rights, there is limited real change in corporate action when faced with no government regulation. A radical (reform-based) approach, such as mandatory monitoring (compliance audit) and disclosure requirements is necessary to ensure corporate accountability in relation to human rights.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability After Rio
EditorsDavid Crowther, Muhammad Azizul Islam
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78560-444-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-78560-445-4
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2015

Publication series

NameDevelopments in Corporate Governance and Responsibility
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN (Print)2043-0523


  • Compliance audit
  • Corporate accountability
  • Human rights
  • Mandatory
  • RIOs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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