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 recognised 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.
Developing research and influencing policy:
IHRB is dedicated to undertaking cutting edge research and analysis on key thematic issues at the interface of human rights and private sector activity. We seek to be a trusted convener of diverse perspectives around our focus issues which will lead to high quality research and policy recommendations designed to inform and influence government policies as well as business practices.
Communicating and raising awareness:
IHRB serves as an independent voice on human rights and business issues. We produce in-depth reports and policy briefs exploring key thematic topics as well as regular web commentaries on business and human rights issues in the news. We organise regular events bringing together leading experts with diverse stakeholders to discuss timely subjects on the business and human rights agenda.
Evaluating practice and building capacity:
IHRB works directly with business leaders, government officials and others to evaluate the effectiveness of current policies, operational practices and multi-stakeholder initiatives relevant to human rights. We support capacity-building for institutions committed to constructive engagement on business and human rights-related challenges, provide analysis of human rights performance and report on emerging efforts by governments, companies and other stakeholders.