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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 2012 was £1.2 million with a balance of 65% of contributions coming from governments, 20% from foundations and 15% from business. A list of IHRB funders for 2012-2013 is provided below.

All funding enquiries and expressions of interest in supporting IHRB’s activities should be sent directly to:

2012-2013 IHRB Funders


IHRB receives core and project-specific support from a range of governments. IHRB also undertakes a number of specific advisory services for governments and government agencies.

Government donations and grants:

  • Finland
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Government services:

  • European Commission – DG Enterprise
  • Norwegian OECD National Contact Point
  • UK OECD National Contact Point
  • United Kingdom


IHRB actively seeks funding from foundations to support its programmes.

Foundation grants:

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


IHRB receives donations from a range of businesses and has commenced 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).

Business donations:

  • ABB
  • BG Group
  • The Coca Cola Company
  • ExxonMobil
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Manpower
  • The Maersk Group
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Shell
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