1st Edition

Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability in State-Owned Enterprises

Edited By Judith Schönsteiner, Markus Krajewski Copyright 2025
    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book presents case studies on the human rights performance of state-owned enterprises from four Latin American and three European countries, as well as foreign investments by Chinese state-owned enterprises in these continents. State-owned enterprises are considered among some of the worst perpetrators of contamination and corporate human rights violations around the globe, both domestically and abroad. This volume examines whether companies implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and how their state owners regulate or incentivize their human rights compliance. Studies cover different sectors ranging from finance to extractives and air transport in Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, and Mexico, and allow contrasts between companies from countries with different degrees of human rights regulation, including due diligence and supply chain laws. The work shows that states are rather hesitant to implement the UN Guiding Principles “leading by example”.  The book will be essential reading for academics, researchers and policy-makers working in the areas of international human rights law, comparative administrative law and corporate social responsibility.

    1. Introduction

    Judith Schönsteiner and Markus Krajewski


    2. PEMEX and Human Rights: A Case Study of Mexico’s Largest State-Owned Enterprise

    Humberto Cantú Rivera


    3. Human Rights and environmental sustainability in the Ecuadorian National Mining Company ENAMI EP

    María José Luque Macías


    4. Regulation of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) in Brazil in relation to human rights

    Victória Vitti de Laurentiz and Danielle Anne Pamplona


    5. Chile: Due diligence and financial inclusion policies in the state-owned Banco Estado

    Macarena Contreras Soto, Francisco Sánchez Lay and Judith Schönsteiner


    6. State-owned Enterprises and Human Rights in Finland

    Mikko Rajavuori and Juho Saloranta


    7. Human rights responsibilities of state-owned companies in Germany – Development cooperation and sustainability financing as case studies

    Markus Krajewski and Tina Brosi


    8. A Review of the Regulatory Framework Relating to Human Rights and Environmental Concerns for State-Owned Enterprises in France

    Mihaela Maria Barnes


    9. Chinese State-Owned Companies and Investment in Latin America and Europe

    Larry Catá Backer

    10. Preliminary conclusions and prospects for further research

    Judith Schönsteiner and Markus Krajewski


    Judith Schönsteiner is Full Professor at the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile.

    Markus Krajewski is University Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and holds the Chair in Public Law and Public International Law.