Author: Samuel Charandura

Construction companies can be prosecuted for operating in war zones

Construction companies can be prosecuted for operating in war zones

The question that begs to be answered in this article is whether construction and engineering companies can be liable to prosecution under international law because of their operations in conflict or war zones for crimes against humanity and abuse of human rights. I will also draw the nexus between business operations and parental liability under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business a... »

Artificial Intelligence and the Construction/Built environment: Are robots ethical?

Artificial Intelligence and the Construction/Built environment: Are robots ethical?

Most of us welcomed the advent of artificial intelligence, otherwise known as AI in the Construction/Built Environment industries. [rml_read_more] However, some did so with a pinch of salt. The field of artificial intelligence (AI), which refers to work processes of machines that would require intelligence if performed by humans, is evolving rapidly and is poised to grow significantly over the com... »

The Built Environment and our health

The Built Environment and our health

One of our responsibilities as the built environment, human rights and sustainability experts is to analyse and develop work and home spaces that are safe and healthy for everyone. One had to realise late that the environment we thrive in or not, can affect our health and even our healing. »

Architecture and Human rights; Is it important for the Built Environment?

Architecture and Human rights; Is it important for the Built Environment?

This past festive season, I had a privilege to visit New York City on a sponsored scholarly visit by my university. One thing that caught my eye was the built environment. It’s designed in such a way that people and the surrounding infrastructure they co-relate and co-exist. With an eye for anything construction, sustainability and the environment my mind perambulated on the architect of the... »

Is the South African Construction Industry Affected by Modern Slavery?

Is the South African Construction Industry Affected by Modern Slavery?

South Africa’s construction industry is lagging in the implementation of anti-slavery laws.  Most countries like the UK, Australia, Canada and the US have made modern slavery into law. The question is: how deep is our construction industry affected by modern slavery? »

The construction sector and human rights are inseparable

The construction sector and human rights are inseparable

“My life here is like a prison. The work is difficult; we worked for many hours without rest in the hot sun. When I first complained about my situation, soon after arriving in Qatar, the manager said ‘if you complain you can, but there will be consequences. If you want to stay in Qatar be quiet and keep working’. Now I am forced to stay in Qatar and continue working.” ̵... »

The Construction Industry Can Be Sustainable Within The Confines Of SDGS

The Construction Industry Can Be Sustainable Within The Confines Of SDGS

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Human rights and the construction industry

Human rights and the construction industry

“Human Rights” is a term usually associated with the States (USA). It is a term we usually hear on TV news about war crimes, humanitarian crisis, refugees, etc. With my interest in construction and human rights research, I have grown to be quite fond of this term. The Human Rights »