Human Rights and the Grammar of Corporate Social Responsibility

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This article explores the language of corporate accounts of business and human rights. Using innovative methods drawn from computational corpus linguistics, the article explores discussions of business and human rights in a data set composed of 346 corporate social responsibility reports drawn from firms in extractive industries. The article concludes that human rights are ‘put to work’ in corporate accounts by reconfiguring their meaning to draw them into the ‘familiar frames’ of business accounting narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-649
Number of pages25
JournalSocial and Legal Studies
Issue number5
Early online date09 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2019


  • Business and human rights
  • corporate social responsibility
  • narrative accounts
  • corpus linguistics
  • boilerplate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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