You are here Home » Support the Institute for Human Rights and Business

Support the Institute for Human Rights and Business

Support the Institute for Human Rights and Business
IHRB believes that its funding should be balanced and objectively procured and not influence its priorities in any way.

Thank you for your interest in supporting the work of the Institute for Human Rights and Business. If you would like to make a donation, please contact us at

IHRB is registered as a charity in the UK and relies on donations from a range of sources to implement its programmes. We do so while always seeking to ensure the organisation safeguards its independence and impartiality.

As a matter of principle, IHRB believes it should accept funding from governments, civil society and business (its three core constituencies) but that this funding should be balanced and objectively procured and not influence its priorities in any way.

IHRB’s policy is to accept donations from businesses only for core operating expenses, rather than for specific projects or programmes. IHRB is not a consultancy and does not accept corporate funds for services (except to provide training or to participate in external corporate stakeholder panels facilitated through third parties).

IHRB’s total operating budget for 2014 was £1.9 million with a balance of 80% of contributions coming from governments, 10% from foundations and 10% from business.

A list of IHRB funders for 2014-2015 is provided below. All funding enquiries and expressions of interest in supporting IHRB’s activities should be sent directly to:

2014/2015 IHRB Funders


2014/15 Government Donations and Grants:

  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • Denmark

2014/15 government services:

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (Unit for Policy Planning and Research)
  • Norwegian OECD National Contact Point
  • Swedish Credit Export Agency

Agencies and Trusts

  • International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • techUK
  • The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)


2014/15 Foundation Grants and Donations:

  • Anglo American Foundation
  • Clifford Chance Foundation
  • General Electric Foundation
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • Open Society Foundation
  • Humanity United


IHRB receives donations from a range of businesses and engages in an objective way of seeking support by writing to Global Fortune 500 companies on an annual basis (excluding a small number of sectors based on a review of standards applied by socially responsible investors).

2014/15 business donations:

  • ABB
  • BG Group
  • Chevron
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Eni
  • ExxonMobil
  • Freeport-McMoRan
  • Microsoft
  • Nestlé SA
  • Newmont Mining Corporation
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Shell
  • Syngenta
  • The Coca Cola Company
  • The Maersk Group
  • Unilever

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.

Sign up for our eNews Updates!

I agree with Terms.


This website is owned and operated by The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB).

IHRB respects your privacy and is committed to complying with the Data Protection Act 1998. This Privacy Policy explains how any personal information you provide on our site is processed and used by us. This privacy policy is designed to protect you, our users, by informing you what personal information is collected, what we do with that information and the methods we use to collect it.

If you visit our site to browse, read or download we automatically collect and store the following information about you:

  • the IP address from which you access our website (an IP address is the number automatically assigned to your computer when you are surfing the web);
  • the type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • the date and time of your access to our site;
  • the pages you visit; and
  • the internet address of the website from which you accessed our site.

We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors, to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the type of technology which our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals on their visits. We may compile and report aggregate statistics about our users in terms of numbers, traffic patterns and related site information. Any such statistics will not include any personally identifying information.

Using the email addresses provided on subscription, IHRB may periodically send informational email to its subscribers. You can indicate at any time that you do not wish to receive further email information from IHRB by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided in all ebulletins.

External Links

This site contains links to other sites. IHRB is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.

Information Commissioner's Office

Further information on your data privacy rights are available on the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office: