Following World War II, a conflict fought in large part to protect human freedoms, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Rights protect the inherent dignity of every person regardless of race, ethnic background, place of residence, age, income, physical ability, or social status.
More recently, the United Nations launched the Global Compact to encourage multinational corporations to honor human rights, labor rights, and the environment while at the same time fighting corruption.
Maintaining transparency is particularly difficult when a crisis is triggered.
First, there are privacy concerns.
Second, admitting fault can put the organization at a disadvantage in case of a lawsuit.
Third, there may be proprietary information about, say, manufacturing processes and recipes, which should not be released to competitors.
Fourth, uncertainty makes it difficult for an organization to determine what its course of action should be, and as a result, to communicate concrete details to the public.
Fifth, being specific may offend some stakeholders who feel that they have been treated unfairly.
Sixth, making a commitment to a single course of action too soon may limit the group's ability to deal with the crisis.