I disagree with the previous reviewer which seems to be a personal attack rather than an objective critique? This book comprises a series of essays which all offer some useful insights and ideas for a student of business and human rights. I used it in a recent post graduate degree study course. It covers topics around capitalism, branding and reputation, labour rights, medicines and intellectual property, NGOs, CSR and good governance, business in conflict zones, ethics, and sustainablity by a variety of authors. I rate it highly.
This book is way to short to be able to say anything really important or illuminating. Also, caution is always called for in respect of anything that contains Gary Slapper's sloppy, careless and tendentious "scholarship". Opinions are all right -- we're all entitled to them, at least here in the liberal West -- but Slapper dresses his own strident opinions in the garb of science. A very naked Emperor it is, too. He is, not only often, but USUALLY embarrassingly selective about his data, using outdated or irrelevant sources (he has written about contemporary capitalism by quoting verbatim and at length from Marx's Capital....) and is fond of logical non sequiturs. It's all for a good cause, you see, and in the Struggle anything goes that can serve as a weapon. Given that there are plenty of real issues to deal with in modern capitalism, and plenty of good data on which to base reforms, academic existences such as Slapper's and his ilk are a waste of scarce resources and a liability for genuine reformers. A gnat hiding in Marx's beard.The Business of Human Rights: An Evolving Agenda for Corporate Responsibility