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Indigenous Aspirations and Rights
The Case for Responsible Business and Management

ISBN 9781783533992
Published July 6, 2017 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

Indigenous peoples are recognised as groups with specific rights based on their historical ties to particular territories. The United Nations estimates there are 370 million Indigenous peoples, with Indigenous populations being recognised in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, the Arctic region, Central and South America, and across Asia and Africa.

Indigenous Aspirations and Rights takes an Indigenous perspective in examining the intersection of business with Indigenous peoples' rights, in light of the UN Global Compact and the PRME. Indigenous rights include, but are not limited to, human, cultural, educational, employment, participatory development, economic, and social rights, rights to land and natural resources, and impacts on identity, institutions, and relations. This book illustrates three main aspects of business practices in relation to Indigenous peoples: Indigenous perspectives on failures, business and ongoing challenges to Indigenous aspirations and rights, and modelling success for Indigenous and business interests.

Edited by three leading voices in Indigenous rights research and practice, Indigenous Aspirations and Rights features contributions from around the globe. The work draws together policy implications for management and implications for Indigenous peoples, and examines how the PRME, the UN Global Compact, and the concept of socially responsible business can be expanded to encompass more positive outcomes for Indigenous peoples.

Table of Contents


United Nations Global Compact: Ten Principles

Principles for Responsible Management Education: Six Principles

Business affecting Indigenous aspirations and rights: An introduction

Amy Klemm Verbos, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Ana Maria Peredo, University of Victoria, Canada

Section I: Indigenous Perspectives on Failures

  1. A business case examined through an Indigenous lens
  2. Carma Claw, New Mexico State University, USA

    Deanna Kennedy, University of Washington Bothell, USA

    Deborah Pembleton, St. John’s University, USA

  3. The dark side of responsible business management
  4. Dennis Foley, University of Newcastle, Australia

  5. Environmental crisis in New Zealand: Tribal, government and business responses to the sinking of the MV Rena
  6. Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Hugh Sayers, Motiti Rohe Moana Trust, New Zealand

  7. The Chinese, political CSR, and a nickel mine in Papua New Guinea
  8. Benedict Imbun, Western Sydney University, Australia

    Section II: Business and Ongoing Challenges to Indigenous Aspirations and Rights

  9. Indigenous rights capital: The basis for sustainable enterprise creation
  10. Bob Kayseas, Bettina Schneider, Raquel Pasap and Moses Gordon, First Nations University of Canada, Canada

    Robert Anderson, University of Regina, Canada

  11. Indigenous human rights perils as an ongoing challenge
  12. Amy Klemm Verbos, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

  13. Reclaiming pluriverse in CSR: Brazilian Indigenous peoples and the Finnish forest cluster
  14. Susanna Myllylä, Independent Scholar, Finland

  15. Community-business dialogues
  16. Natalia Delgado, HEC Montreal, Canada

    Section III: Modelling Success for Indigenous and Business Interests

  17. A business quest for peace
  18. Douglas Adeola, New Nigeria Foundation, Nigeria

    Ogechi Adeola, Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria

  19. Everything is one? Relationships between First Nations and salmon farming companies
  20. Lars Huemer, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway

  21. Strong Indigenous communities: Indigenous worldviews and sustainable community development
  22. Keith James and Mark Blair, University of Arizona, USA

  23. Hupacasath First Nation: Roadmap to a sustainable economy

Judith Sayers (Kekinusuqs) and Ana Maria Peredo, University of Victoria, Canada

Conclusion: Making the case for responsible business and management

Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Ana Maria Peredo, University of Victoria, Canada

Amy Klemm Verbos, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

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AMY KLEMM VERBOS is Assistant Professor of Business Law, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

ELLA HENRY is a Senior Lecturer of Maori Development, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

ANA MARIÍ PEREDO is Professor of Political Ecology. University of Victoria, Canada


"Indigenous perspectives are not generally found within business schools. This book addresses that deficiency. It demonstrates how Indigenous peoples can be key partners in global prosperity and sustainability. It is a must read for every business student and practitioner." 

John Borrows, member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation, and Canada Research Chair on Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria

"Practical and insightful, this book uniquely addresses failures, challenges and opportunities around business interactions with Indigenous peoples, providing better frameworks to help align Indigenous perspectives and business interest with positive and sustainable outcomes for all. Through the bringing together of relevant cases, in-depth Indigenous perspectives, and a comprehensive understanding of PRME, the UN Global Compact frameworks and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, this book is an essential resource for any business professor, student or practitioner."

M. Florencia Librizzi, Senior Manager, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact, USA

"This book is an invitation to be in the vanguard of deep change within management education. It represents a brave and undaunted commitment to the planet, and it enables us to learn from failure and to challenge notions of success. The editors have curated a work that fills a void in management education, a void that can no longer be ignored. This work is a precious opportunity to listen to the stories of Indigenous peoples and their counsel, and take the step in being a kaitiaki, a steward of the planet and of people through responsible management education."

Chellie Spiller, Associate Dean (Māori and Pacific) University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand

"Indigenous Aspirations and Rights brings together leading global scholars to address issues surrounding the emergence of Indigenous economies. This book will be of interest not only to those who wish to understand Indigenous entrepreneurship and management, but to those who also wish to explore ways in which Indigenous perspectives can inform business practices in the mainstream global economy."

Daniel Stewart, Member, Spokane Tribe and Professor of Management, Gonzaga University Director, Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, USA