The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.

Business, Trade and Human Rights

Business, Trade and Human Rights

Business, trade and human rights
BrigitteHamm, ChristianScheper and MaikeDrebes


To relate business and human rights is not a new concern. We find such linkage – albeit only implicitly – already in times of early capitalist development and industrialization. On the one hand, there have always been tensions between the profit orientation of business and their responsibility toward society. On the other hand, private entrepreneurship has provided fundamental conditions for economic and social welfare.

The Fugger, a German banking and trading family during Renaissance times, built the first social settlement for poor inhabitants of the city of Augsburg, the so-called Fuggerei. During the nineteenth century, Quaker entrepreneurs in England such as John Cadbury committed themselves to social reforms, for example, the banning of child ...

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