Socially Responsible and Sustainable Business: Online Short Courses

Human Rights of Workers in Supply Chains

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Cahn Group

University of Delaware



With the recent endorsement of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the United Nations, clear connections have been made between corporate social responsibility (CSR) work and the business responsibility to respect human rights. This course provides a launching point for introducing the language and substance of human rights due diligence to staff that work in the CSR team, those in sourcing and other functions that closely work with the CSR team, and to the partners throughout a company’s global supply chain. It is also valuable for raising awareness across a company’s functions about CSR work and why it matters to the company.

  • Become aware of the characteristics of workers in supply chains and the common human rights risks associated with them

  • Understand a due diligence process that identifies human rights risks in company supply chains

  • Get a tool that can be used to support a company’s obligation to respect the human rights of workers in the company’s supply chain


This is a joint course offered by the University of Delaware and the Cahn Group, LLC, a corporate responsibility consultancy. Course creators and instructors are Marsha Dickson, Ph.D., a leading authority on corporate responsibility in supply chains, and Doug Cahn, a 20-year veteran of corporate responsibility programs. More...

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