My interest in corporate accountability and the application of human rights to business enterprise began while I was in law school in San Francisco. As part of an incredible internship at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, I researched, wrote, and presented reports on migrants’ rights. One of the issues that caught my attention was the privatization of immigration detention and the accountability loophole this created. I decided to analyse whether one particular enterprise, the Corrections Corporation of America, might be held accountable for human rights abuses occurring in one of its immigration detention centers in Texas. That analysis (severely abridged due to word count restrictions) is contained here: Holding CCA Accountable for Human Rights Violations
It is interesting to note that CCA now has a section on their website dedicated to social responsibility. While I might take a skeptical view as to just how socially responsible a corporation that profits from incarcerating people can be, it is a stunning example of just how far the corporate social responsibility movement has come in the last five years. Awareness-raising by civil society groups, including this lawsuit by the ACLU, has resulted in reform in the incarceration business. Now that the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are being widely disseminated and implemented by some of the world’s largest multinational corporations, one can only hope that this progress will continue. Fair Play Consulting intends to be at the forefront of this progressive movement.