Business and human rights in state owned enterprises – the case of Slovenia
by Gorazd Justinek; Jernej Letnar Černič
International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management (IJPSPM), Vol. 9, No. 4, 2022

Abstract: This article screens recent developments of public policies in Slovenia towards respecting human rights in state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Business and human rights (BHR) policies have gained momentum in recent decades, especially among the OECD countries and also globally. This topic is even all the more important for SOEs, where it is often emphasised that they should play the role of BHR trendsetters. States through their human rights obligations are responsible for ensuring and supervising that its SOEs respect human rights in their own business operations and also in their global supply chains. Throughout this article we are thus analysing Slovenian ownership and governance policies of SOEs over the last decade. Additionally, we are screening the global BHR policy agenda and presenting the latest developments in this field in Slovenia (the legislative and policy fundamentals). Nevertheless, the value-added of the paper is represented in the niche comparison of the BHR policies in SOEs in Slovenia. The research also points out the latest Slovenian sovereign holding (SDH) activities in the field of BHR recommendations and policies towards SOEs.

Online publication date: Fri, 01-Jul-2022

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