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FY 2015/2016 Research Topic: A-4-1
Business and Human Rights in Emerging Markets: Designing Japan's CSR Strategies


The project aims to 1) research the recent developments in frameworks, discussions, and practices aimed at implementing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), 2) analyze how Japanese companies incorporate the UNGPs into their business and operations, especially in countries where the laws and regulations are not adequate to address human rights issues such as labour rights, environmental rights, and land related rights, and 3) suggest how the Japanese government should encourage and support companies to respect human rights not only as part of their risk management but to achieve competitiveness in the global market. Further, this project is designed to serve as a platform for facilitating effective participation by the relevant stakeholders from business entities to civil society organizations, as well as to promote discussion and consultation on their needs and gaps in order to clarify the policy agenda and priorities to be integrated in the future National Action Plan.


April 2015 - March 2016

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] YAMADA Miwa
[ Co-researchers ] SATO Hiroshi
[ Co-researchers ] HIRANO Katsumi
[ Co-researchers ] KOBAYASHI Masayuki
[ Co-researchers ] USHIJIMA Keiichi (Principal Fellow, Ernst & Young Japan)
[ Co-researchers ] KINOSHITA Yukako (CSR Committee Chair, Japan Business Council in Europe)
[ Co-researchers ] TAKAHASHI Daisuke (Attorney at Law, Shinwa Sohgoh Law Offices)
[ Co-researchers ] ARIMA Toshio (Executive Adviser, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. / Chairman of the Board for the Global Compact Japan Network)
[ Co-researchers ] KURODA Kaori (Executive Director, CSO Network Japan)
[ Co-researchers ] SEKI Masao (Senior Advisor on CSR, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa / Chairman of the Steering Committee, Council for Better Corporate Citizenship: CBCC)
[ Co-researchers ] TASE Kazuo (Executive Officer, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC)
[ Co-researchers ] TOMITA Hidemi (Group Manager, Business Planning & Marketing Group, LRQA Japan, Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Limited)
[ Co-researchers ] YAMAGUCHI Yoshitake (Toshiba Corporation / Chairman of the WBSD Task Force, Committee on Environment and Safety, Keidanren(Japan Business Federation))
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