Human Rights, Multinational Enterprises, & Legitimacy

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Online Event - Zoom

About This Workshop:

The Business and Human Rights Workshop is dedicated to the development and discussion of works-in-progress and other non-published academic research. Below find the abstract for a preview of the paper. 

This paper attempts to explain why, in similar contexts, multinational enterprises (MNEs) respond differently to human rights questions, and why external audiences appear to tolerate these differences. Our explanation focuses on the perceived legitimacy of MNE human rights actions. This approach recognizes that organizations are actors that make legitimacy assessments, rather than mere legitimacy objects. We conceptualize organizational human rights attitudes and reasons for action, and we show how the two interact. We relate the norms that are used in legitimacy judgments, and the way that they are interpreted in different contexts, to different MNE human rights attitudes. Our analysis yields new predictions of the factors that might lead MNEs to adopt active, passive, or non-engagement human rights attitudes.


Prof. Rita Mota,
ESADE Business School


Prof. Harry Van Buren,
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

This workshop will be hosted on Zoom. Please register to receive the Zoom information and paper. The workshop will not be recorded.

This event is sponsored by the Business and Human Rights Initiative, a partnership of Dodd Human Rights Impact, the UConn School of Business, & Human Rights Institute.