Corporate India must be role model for social justice: CJI Gogoi

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Chief Justice of India, Mr Justice Ranjan Gogoi says Corporate India should be role model for social justice in contemporary times. 
Delivering Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture organised by ASSOCHAM in New Delhi on July 12,2019,  Justice Gogoi spoke on different issues from social justice to human rights. Excerpts: On social justice and inequalities: ” In the Constitutional spirit, the State, Civil society along with Corporate India is under an obligation to support the campaign for social justice and in contemporary times it would not be wrong to expect Corporate India to establish itself as the role model”.   
On lop-sided development model, ignoring environment, human rights: ”… single minded unbridled focus on economic boom has also resulted in several infamous environmental and human-rights-related disasters in India— incidents that have made the public rethink uncritical approach to investment and enterprise without imposing any additional regulations or obligations. These incidents, principally the public health disaster at Bhopal and the environmental fiasco in the form of Bicchri Village, Dehradoon quarrying cases provides for a springboard for any discussion of corporate social responsibility in India”.   
On CSR agenda on human rights 
” It is very important that CSR agenda in our country also gives due consideration to the human rights issues. The incorporation of human rights in the CSR agenda is important not only for socio-legal reasons but also because it can provide a framework for operationalising CSR by invoking a range of issues that require action. Potentially this can act as a corrective to the more piecemeal and fragmented approach that is common among companies engaging with CSR. Furthermore, the human rights agenda is only deemed to be relevant to companies when it applies to their ‘sphere of influence’ or ‘complicity’ in human rights abuses. This negative approach to the idea of human rights necessarily requires a relook from the perspective of a company’s relations with, and its impacts on, multiple stakeholders, including governments, consumers, workers, communities and future generations”.   

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