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John Ruggie

John Ruggie

John Ruggie is the Chair of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Chair

Professor John Ruggie of Harvard University served as the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights from 2005-2011. His mandate was to propose measures to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world. The end result was the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, drafted by John and unanimously endorsed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in June, 2011.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson is the Patron of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Patron

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997), former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), and founder and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2002-2010), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate.

Motoko Aizawa

Motoko Aizawa

Motoko Aizawa is a member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Motoko Aizawa is an expert on environmental, social and governance dimensions of sustainability, as well as policy initiatives to help governments and companies improve their sustainability performance, particularly in the financial and extractives sectors.

Srilatha Batliwala

Srilatha Batliwala

Srilatha Batliwala is a member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Srilatha Batliwala is a feminist activist and researcher who is currently Scholar Associate with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), a leading international women’s rights organization. Srilatha has worked for gender equality and women’s empowerment for the last 40 years through grassroots activism, advocacy, research, training, building theory from practice, and organizational capacity building.

Bjorn Edlund

Bjorn Edlund

Bjorn Edlund is the Trustee of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Bjorn Edlund is a public affairs specialist with a global journalism and corporate background. He brought cross-cultural, sociopolitical experience from his time as reporter, bureau chief and news editor with United Press International and Reuters in Europe and Latin America to his work in large corporations.

Bennett Freeman

Bennett Freeman

Bennett Freeman is the Trustee of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

As Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy of the Calvert Group, Bennett Freeman leads the social, environmental and governance research, analysis, policy and advocacy work of the largest family of socially responsible mutual funds in the U.S. based in Bethesda.

Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton is a member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Isabel Hilton is an international journalist and broadcaster. She worked for the Daily Express and the Sunday Times before joining the launch team for The Independent in 1986. In 1992 she became a presenter of the BBC's flagship news programme, The World Tonight and a columnist for The Guardian. In 1999 she joined the New Yorker as a staff writer.

Nayan Chanda

Nayan Chanda

Nayan Chanda is a member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Nayan Chanda is the founding editor-in-chief of YaleGlobal Online published since 2002. Before coming to Yale University in 2001 he was, for nearly thirty years, with the Hong Kong-based magazine the Far Eastern Economic Review as its reporter, diplomatic correspondent and editor. In 1989-90 Chanda was a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. From 1990-1992 Chanda was editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly, published from New York.

Deanna Kemp

Deanna Kemp

Deanna Kemp is a member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Dr Deanna Kemp is Co-Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), part of the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. Deanna has worked on mining and community relations issues for more than 15 years, in corporate, operational and external advisory roles. At CSRM she leads an international program of work that focuses on the social dimensions of extractive industries, including business and human rights, and the application of project-level grievance mechanisms in particular.

Rae Lindsay

Rae Lindsay

Rae Lindsay is a member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Rae Lindsay is a partner in Clifford Chance LLP, specialising in public international law, international litigation and transnational regulation. She has practiced in Canada, the United States and England, and has worked in the area of business and human rights for more than a decade, her interest initially stemming from client representations in US litigation involving alleged violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law.

Chris Marsden

Chris Marsden

Chris Marsden is the Chair of Trustees, Vice-Chair of Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Chair of Trustees, Vice-Chair

Chris Marsden has been keenly involved in Business and Human Rights since he became Chair of the Business Group of Amnesty UK in 2001. He is also Chair of Trustees of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and member of the Global Compact Human Rights Working Group.

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor is a member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Mark B. Taylor is a Senior Researcher at the Fafo research foundation, Oslo, Norway. For two decades, Mark has worked on legal and policy frameworks applicable to conflict and human rights, writing and advising on regulatory responses to economic dimensions of armed conflict and business and human rights.

Auret van Heerden

Auret van Heerden

Auret van Heerden is a member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Auret van Heerden was Director of Monitoring and Executive Director of the Fair Labor Association before being named President and CEO in 2003.

Margot Wallström

Margot Wallström

Margot Wallström is a member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business Advisory Board.

Margot Wallström recently completed her term as the UN's Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is a former Vice President of the European Commission and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders' Ministerial Initiative.

Our Mission

The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) is a global centre of excellence and expertise (a think & do tank) on the relationship between business and internationally proclaimed human rights standards.

We work to shape policy, advance practice and strengthen accountability to ensure the activities of companies do not contribute to human rights abuses, and in fact lead to positive outcomes.

IHRB prioritizes its work through time-bound programmes that can have the greatest impact, leverage and catalytic effect focusing on countries in economic and political transition, as well as business sectors that underpin others in relation to the flows of information, finance, workers and/or commodities.

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