Legal and Human Rights Centre has been preparing an annual report on the situation human rights and business in Tanzania since 2012. On Thursady August 16, 2018 LHRC will launch its sixth human rights and business report, assessing corporate compliance with labour laws and standards, corporate responsibility to respect human rights, state duty to protect human rights and remedy for violation of human rights in the business sector in Tanzania Mainland for the year 2017.
The main objective of the report is to highlight the situation of human rights and business in Tanzania Mainland, focusing on: labour standards and practices; land acquisition for investment; tax obligations of companies and other businesses; issues of discrimination in the business sector; corporate social responsibility; corporate environmental responsibility; corporate respect for human rights; and performance of regulatory authorities in the business sector as part of the State’s duty to protect human rights. The report provides an assessment of these key issues in the business sector and shows how they impact, whether negatively or positively, labour, environmental, land and human rights. The report also touches on the issue of awareness of rights, laws and duties in the business sector among workers, employers and community members.
The report is divided into eight chapters. Chapter One provides an overview of Tanzania; introduces business and human rights; and covers report preparation, objectives and structure. Chapter Two of the report looks at business compliance with labour laws and standards, while Chapter Three is about land acquisition for investment purposes, focusing on issues of compensation and awareness about land rights. Chapter Four covers compliance with tax obligations by businesses. Chapter Five is on corporate social responsibility, environmental responsibility and business respect for human rights, looking at how businesses/companies give back to the community, protect the environment and respect human rights. Chapter Six is about gender and other forms of discrimination in the business sector, while Chapter Seven looks at performance and effectiveness of regulatory authorities in the business sector. Lastly, Chapter Eight provides general conclusion and recommendations.
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