Management Seminar - Dr Dorothée Baumann-Pauly

CWL Boardroom, Level 6, The Spot Building (198 Berkeley St)

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A/Prof Vikram Bhakoo

vbhakoo@unimelb.edu.au

T: +61 3 8344 5320

PRESENTER: Dr Dorothée Baumann-Pauly (Centre for Business and Human Rights, NYU Stern School of Business)
TOPIC: “New Approaches to Managing Human Rights Risks in Global Supply Chains” 

Abstract:
Establishing sustainable supply chains is an increasingly pressing challenge for companies that operate globally. Since the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh in 2013, a tragedy that killed over 1'100 workers, companies are increasingly aware that they need to manage the effects their actions have on human rights to avoid reputational and operational risks.

To do so, many companies engage in so-called corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. These initiatives have evolved over the years, but their effectiveness remains questionable. Corporate respect for international labor standards in global supply chains remains weak.

Despite companies' best intentions, current CSR approaches fail to look deeply at the business models that lead to systemic human rights harms. In my talk, I will offer initial recommendations for what companies can do to align core business mechanisms with their commitment to human rights and how to share responsibility to effectively address complex supply chain issues.

Bio:
Dorothée Baumann-Pauly is a business ethics scholar with extensive practical experience working on the implementation of human rights in multi-stakeholder settings. Since 2013, she is the Director of Research at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, managing its strategic, industry-specific research agenda.

She has published widely on topics at the intersection of business ethics, corporate responsibility, private governance mechanisms and human rights and serves on the editorial board of the Business and Human Rights Journal. She is the author of Managing Corporate Legitimacy (Greenleaf, 2013) and the co-editor of Business and Human Rights - From Principles to Practice (Routledge 2016), the first textbook on business and human rights.

Dorothée received a PhD in economics from the University of Zurich (Switzerland), an MA in Political Science from Rutgers University (USA) and an MA in Public Policy and Management from the University of Constance (Germany). She teaches business and human rights related subjects at HEC Lausanne, NYU Stern and other academic institutions in the US and Europe.

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