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Adopting human rights due diligence is good business for companies

This file photo was taken on April 18, 2017, shows the French headquarters of US multinational technology company Microsoft in Paris. (AFP/Lionel Bonaventure)
  

Norimasa Shimomura

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How would you feel if you found out that the beautiful pair of shoes you bought last week were sewn with the hands of a hungry child who works long hours to earn so little?  

When presented with a choice whether you purchase products from a company that fully complies with human rights standards, or a firm with a murky record on human rights abuses, chances are, as a socially conscious consumer, you will do the right thing. Consumer preferences for responsible business practices eventually may wipe out market share for unethical producers who fail to change their behavior. A number of states turning these expectations into a legal requirement speeds up the process and changes the lives of millions to the better.

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