AEQUITAS holds that business enterprises hold a specialized role in society and, as a result, should be bound by relevant laws and policies vis-à-vis human rights.

AEQUITAS regrets to note that businesses are commonly known to violate fundamental human rights and freedoms.

AEQUITAS also recognizes the duty which States have with regards to protecting against human rights abuses by third parties. As a result, States have the positive obligation to prevent, investigate and punish human rights violations as a result of practice.

AEQUITAS advocates the embracement and implementation of the 10 Principles of The UN Global Compact by business enterprises on a wider scale, the promotion of discourse on this issue and the adherence by companies to the standards set by international law.


Globalization has resulted in non-State actors, such as large-scale business enterprises, having an increasingly significant role in and impact on society. As a result, their responsibilities with regards to human rights, labour, the environment and  anti-corruption policies have undoubtedly grown.