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Partnerships on Development

de Leede, Marieke (2008)
Department of Law
Abstract
In this thesis, emphasise is on the positive impact companies that can have on the fulfilment of human rights. Regarding human rights and business, one can mainly read about companies' violations of human rights. In my opinion, this negative approach will not stimulate them to improve their policies and performances. A more positive approach can be a motivation for companies to take the opportunity to try to have a positive impact on society. Therefore, this thesis demonstrates how a company can contribute to the fulfilment of human rights through a partnership between business, civil society and governments. Furthermore, the advantages for companies to engage in a partnership will be highlighted. Besides the implementation of a Code of... (More)
In this thesis, emphasise is on the positive impact companies that can have on the fulfilment of human rights. Regarding human rights and business, one can mainly read about companies' violations of human rights. In my opinion, this negative approach will not stimulate them to improve their policies and performances. A more positive approach can be a motivation for companies to take the opportunity to try to have a positive impact on society. Therefore, this thesis demonstrates how a company can contribute to the fulfilment of human rights through a partnership between business, civil society and governments. Furthermore, the advantages for companies to engage in a partnership will be highlighted. Besides the implementation of a Code of Conduct, 'the partnership model' proves to be an effective approach to tackle pressing human rights issues. These multi-stakeholder partnerships can achieve goals, which one actor alone is not able to do. To create sustainable community development it is essential to let the local people participate in the partnership and let them be responsible for their own development. Therefore, this thesis focuses on capacity enhancement and meaningful participation of local people, which contributes to the empowerment of local communities. The process of empowerment requires changes of attitude and for this reason, a long-term planning is essential in a partnership on development. Empowerment starts with making people aware of their rights and opportunities, and ends when they are able to claim their rights effectively. Through the empowerment of local communities, a partnership can have a positive impact on society and indirectly contributes to justice and the fulfilment of human rights. The main case study in this thesis is the partnership between IKEA and UNICEF on the elimination of child labour in Northern India. In cooperation with all partners, I formulated indicators in order to measure the empowerment of the local community and in order to see whether the partnership contributes to the fulfilment of human rights, especially children's rights. (Less)
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de Leede, Marieke
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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International Human Rights Law
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English
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1555252
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  abstract     = {In this thesis, emphasise is on the positive impact companies that can have on the fulfilment of human rights. Regarding human rights and business, one can mainly read about companies' violations of human rights. In my opinion, this negative approach will not stimulate them to improve their policies and performances. A more positive approach can be a motivation for companies to take the opportunity to try to have a positive impact on society. Therefore, this thesis demonstrates how a company can contribute to the fulfilment of human rights through a partnership between business, civil society and governments. Furthermore, the advantages for companies to engage in a partnership will be highlighted. Besides the implementation of a Code of Conduct, 'the partnership model' proves to be an effective approach to tackle pressing human rights issues. These multi-stakeholder partnerships can achieve goals, which one actor alone is not able to do. To create sustainable community development it is essential to let the local people participate in the partnership and let them be responsible for their own development. Therefore, this thesis focuses on capacity enhancement and meaningful participation of local people, which contributes to the empowerment of local communities. The process of empowerment requires changes of attitude and for this reason, a long-term planning is essential in a partnership on development. Empowerment starts with making people aware of their rights and opportunities, and ends when they are able to claim their rights effectively. Through the empowerment of local communities, a partnership can have a positive impact on society and indirectly contributes to justice and the fulfilment of human rights. The main case study in this thesis is the partnership between IKEA and UNICEF on the elimination of child labour in Northern India. In cooperation with all partners, I formulated indicators in order to measure the empowerment of the local community and in order to see whether the partnership contributes to the fulfilment of human rights, especially children's rights.},
  author       = {de Leede, Marieke},
  keyword      = {International Human Rights Law},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Partnerships on Development},
  year         = {2008},
}