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Capabilities, Human Rights and Business

  • Adela CortinaEmail author
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Abstract

A chapter on the importance for the business world of both the demands made by human rights and the connection between these rights and the capability approach cannot fail to be included in any handbook of business ethics published in the early twenty-first century. This chapter attempts (1) to specify the relationship between the capability approach and the human rights approach, because both put forward global imperatives and thus seem to cover the same area of justice, (2) to present both discourses as complementary, because each of these has advantages missing in the other, but at the same time there are great coincidences between them, (3) to present the necessary interaction between people’s capabilities and social recognition of human rights and (4) to specify the kind of obligations that the demand to empower basic capabilities in relation to human rights creates for companies.

Keywords

Business Capabilities Duties Equality Freedom Global compact Global justice Human development Human rights Kant Mutual recognition Nussbaum Poverty Ruggie Sen 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Filosofía Moral y PolíticaUniversidad de ValenciaValenciaSpain

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