Ethics has not been a prominent feature in the evolving business and human rights debate. Particularly in the work of the former UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights (SRSG), John Ruggie, it is largely absent. This contribution sheds a critical, normative light on the respective work, outlines the dangers and blind spots that may result from the lack of normative engagement and reflects on the role that ethics can, and perhaps should, play in the broader debate on business and human rights.
Biography of the Speaker
Florian Wettstein holds an M.A. in management/economics and a doctorate in business ethics from the University of St. Gallen. Wettstein was a visiting scholar at Carroll School of Management at Boston College in 2005; in 2005/2006 he was awarded a fellowship in the “Program on Human Rights and Justice” at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); in 2006/07 he was a Sessional Assistant Professor in the “Business and Society Program” in the Division of Social Science at York University in Toronto; from 2007-2011 he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethics and Business Law at Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul).
Florian Wettstein is a member of the executive committee of the International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics (ISBEE) and Editor-in-Chief of the Business and Human Rights Journal (BHRJ), published by Cambridge University Press.