[cc-humanrights] Last call for CCWP charter

William Drake wjdrake at gmail.com
Mon Apr 6 06:29:05 UTC 2015


> On Apr 5, 2015, at 5:25 PM, Avri Doria <avri at ACM.ORG> wrote:
> Hi,
> On 05-Apr-15 10:42, Patrik Fältström wrote:
>> What this group want to work on are issues related to Human Rights.
>> And that scope I am absolutely in support of.
>> I just do not want this to be a CCWG on Human Rights. It should be on
>> ICANN CSR issues related to Human Rights.
> I think it is a reasonable approach.

NCSG recently sent a reply to the Board Risk Committee request for feedback on Top 5 ICANN enterprise risks saying that "The first, overarching risk is if staff and leadership think of ICANN as an corporation with 'enterprise risks' rather than a community-driven global governance mechanism with global public responsibilities and associated risks.”  And here we’re saying that we think of ICANN as an corporation with enterprise social responsibilities, some of which relate to human rights.  So I guess it’s sort of the same argument one would make for Caterpillar Tractor or Exxon, except that the ‘product’ is policy.  I understand why CSR and the Ruggie principles appeal to people as an established ‘hook’ to say ICANN must pay attention, but somehow feel some vague discomfort with the ontological aspect.  Being on my first coffee of the day and not being a specialist in HR law I don’t have a clear vision of what the full implications of taking this down the CSR road might be relative to other possible paths, but if you all are confident it’s optimal then okydoky.



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