Human rights and social responsibility

This research agenda investigates the human rights conduct of the business sector. We are living in difficult times, where it has become clear that some contemporary forms of capitalism and markets produces sizable negative impacts on society and human rights. As international organizations are demanding more stringent regulations to increase corporate accountability on human rights, companies are changing their human rights policies and conduct. This research investigates what works and what doesn’t to ensure that business sector reduces its human rights harm on workers, communities and society at large.

Key publications

Giuliani E., Nieri F., Vezzulli A. (2022) Big profits, big harm? Exploring the link between firm financial performance and human rights abuses, Business & Society, forthcoming.

Corciolani, M., Giuliani, E., Humphreys, A., Nieri, F., Tuan, A., & Zajak, E. (2022). Lost and found in translation: How firms use anisomorphism to manage the institutional complexity of CSR. Journal of Management Studies, forthcoming.

Giuliani E., Tuan A. & Calvimontes J. (2020) Creating Shared Values meets human rights? A sense-making perspective in small-scale firms, Journal of Business Ethics, 173, 489–505.

Wettstein F., Giuliani E., Santangelo G., Stahl G. (2019) International Business and Human Rights: A research agenda, Journal of World Business, 54 (1): 54-65

Giuliani E. (2018) Regulating global capitalism amid rampant corporate wrongdoing – Reply to “Three frames for innovation policy”, Research Policy 47 (9): 1577-1582

Giuliani E., Ciravegna L. Vezzulli A., Kilian B. (2017) Decoupling standards from practice: The impact of in-house certifications on coffee farms’ environmental and social conduct, World Development, 96: 294–314.

Fiaschi D., Giuliani E., Nieri F. (2017) Overcoming the liability of origin by doing no harm. Assessing emerging country firms’ social irresponsibility as they go global, Journal of World Business, 52 (4): 546- 563.

Giuliani E. (2016) Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries’ Industrial Clusters, Journal of Business Ethics, 133 (1): 39-54.

Giuliani E., Macchi C. (2014) Multinational Corporations’ Economic and Human Rights Impacts on Developing Countries: A Review and Research Agenda, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 38 (2), 479-517.

Other Research