Role of Corporates as Non-State Actors in Supporting ongoing Responses to COVID-19 Outbreak Worldwide

Document Type : Original Article




On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern. Since then, governments have been trying to set rules to control the situation. However, it was clear that they would fail to tackle this problem without appropriate measures taken by other players including businesses or companies as a non-state actor. Nevertheless, many businesses have refused to comply with the restrictions or tried to change them. If a company does not provide the facilities for this situation or submits a false report concerning the essential measures, the world may face a chain of events impacts of which would be global. Therefore, the international community might consider specific responsibilities that should be shouldered by these actors. This challenge raises a question about the role of corporates, as non-state actors, to cooperate with states and international organizations. The paper argues that, these circumstances have resulted in bearing responsibility by those non-state actors in this regard.