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Svenska statliga företag och mänskliga rättigheter: En undersökning av regeringens ägarstyrning
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Swedish state-owned enterprises and human rights : An investigation of the governance by the Swedish government (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study is to investigate the governance by the Swedish government of the state-owned enterprises in relation to UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. In the study the Swedish state’s ownership policy is analyzed together with the Swedish national action plan for business and human rights in relation to article 4 in the UN Guiding Principles.The method used in the study is a critical legal reasoning around the text combined with other external perspectives such as the underpinning values and the context. The conclusion of the study is that the Swedish state’s ownership policy should be interpreted in the light of international law, since there are compelling reasons grounded in previous research that article 4 in the UN Guiding Principles is related to the state’s duty to protect and the requirement of due diligence. The study demonstrates that the Swedish government has taken several steps in relation to the state-owned companies, although it is hard to conclude that these are additional in the meaning of article 4. The requirement in the UN Guiding Principles on state-owned enterprises to perform human rights due diligence and supported by international law is not expressed in the State’s ownership policy. Another conclusion is that the requirements and expectations on state-owned enterprises with regard to human rights are integrated with firm expectations on business opportunities. These requirements and expectations could be characterized as instrumental for the overriding objective of the state-owned enterprises: long-term value generation.

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2019. , p. 56
Keywords [en]
UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, Swedish state-owned enterprises, Corporate governance, National Action Plan
Keywords [sv]
FN:s vägledande principer för företag och mänskliga rättigheter, Svenska statliga företag, Bolagsstyrning, Ägarpolicy, Nationell handlingsplan
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-257OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-257DiVA, id: diva2:1342535
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Human Rights
Educational program
Master’s Programme in Human Rights
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Available from: 2019-09-05 Created: 2019-08-13 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved

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