Commentary

The Gig Economy Doesn’t Have to be an Exploitative Economy

On the 4th February 2019 the UK Union GMB and international courier company Hermes announced a ground-breaking deal. Their collective-bargaining agreement – the first ever recognition deal of its type – has potentially enormous implications for gig...

16 April 2019

By Mick Rix, National Officer, GMB Union

Acting on India’s POSH Act

Workplace Sexual Harassment Law Needs Effective Implementation 

For more than a year, India has been stunned by women journalists, students, actors, and other women professionals throughout the country who have gone public with accounts of sexual...

21 March 2019

By Anita Cheria, Director, OpenSpace

Dangerous Words, Deadly Weapons

Business Leadership Needed to Confront Growing Extremism

The horrific killing of at least 50 people in two New Zealand mosques is a tragic reminder of twin viruses attacking our societies - growing anti-immigrant, nationalist and racist rhetoric...

19 March 2019

By Scott Jerbi, Senior Advisor, Policy & Outreach, IHRB

Rights and Wrongs - Gandhi’s Lessons for Davos

The global elite who effectively control many of the levers of power in the world, met last week in Davos for the annual  World Economic Forum

The Forum is often criticised for being a talk-fest of the wealthy with few opportunities for the poor...

29 January 2019

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Women’s Rights Still Seen Through the Foggy Lens of Biases, Discrimination, and Injustice

As we mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), it is becoming increasingly clear that in spite of great strides in protecting human dignity, inequalities continue to persist and are deepening more than ever. It...

21 December 2018

By Dr Harpreet Kaur, Business and Human Rights Specialist, United Nations Development Programme, Bangkok Regional Hub

Rights and Wrongs: Best Or Loudest?

Last week, Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, visited India. He met a few leading women activists and journalists who use the social media platform extensively, in order to understand better how they felt about the space his company...

27 November 2018

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Rights and Wrongs - Tech Inequity?

On 1st November 2018, some 17,000 Google employees in more than 40 offices across the world left identical notes on their desks, saying “I’m not at my desk because I’m walking out with other Googlers and contractors to protest sexual harassment,...

07 November 2018

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Facebook’s Problem with Political Ads - Can Human Rights Due Diligence Help?

Last week, in response to growing public pressure, social media giant Facebook agreed to provide information to U.S. Congressional investigators on advertising purchased by Russian-linked accounts seeking to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential...

28 September 2017

By Scott Jerbi, Senior Advisor, Policy & Outreach, IHRB

A Landmark Standard for LGBTI Rights

Over the past year, we at the Institute for Human Rights and Business have worked closely with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to develop a new initiative to support companies in respecting and promoting...

26 September 2017

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Women’s Health in Global Supply Chains - Re-Envisioning the Business Role

The Family Planning Summit in London this week is re-invigorating efforts to ensure that women and girls around the world are able to plan their families and their futures. A main focus is on strengthening public health services and on building...

11 July 2017

By Erika George, Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, David Wofford, Vice President, Meridian Group International

A Contentious Connection - Business and Women’s Rights

The relationship between business and women’s rights activists and advocates has always been contentious, and more frequently, rife with suspicion and hostility, especially in the global South.  This is not, unfortunately, without reason.

Not only...

08 March 2017

By Srilatha Batliwala, International Advisory Council Member, IHRB

The World is Watching Corporate Action on the Trump Travel Ban

A growing chorus of corporate leaders are speaking out against US President Donald Trump’s executive order, which suspends entry into the United States from citizens (or dual citizens) of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

US corporate leaders...

02 February 2017

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Standing Rock Sioux - A Model for Protection of Planet and its People

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe met with representatives of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) on October 30, 2014 and learned of their plans to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a 1,172 pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois that would carry...

21 December 2016

By David Schilling, Senior Program Director, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

Draghi Must Accept ECB Contributes to Inequality

This letter was originally published in the Financial Times (subscription needed).

Sir, We were intrigued to read your report, “Draghi makes appeal for those left behind” (September 14, subscription needed), on the speech by Mario Draghi, president...

20 September 2016

By Motoko Aizawa, Daniel Bradlow, Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations, University of Pretoria

Forthcoming Guidance on Respecting LGBTI Rights

The idea of human rights rests on the central premise that all humans are equal. It follows that all humans should be treated as equal, and all humans have dignity. Anything that undermines that dignity is a violation, for it violates the principle...

06 June 2016

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Society has Evolved regarding Same-Sex Equality, Now It’s Time for Business to Do the Same

Last week, the United States Supreme Court ruled, by a majority of 5-4, that the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 was unconstitutional. That law stipulated that the state would recognize a union as “marriage” only if it is between a man and a woman....

04 July 2013

By John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

The Dark Side of Free Speech

This op-Ed was originally published on Yaleglobal.yale.edu.

"Policymakers are faced with difficult choices: whether some aspects of internet content should be censored, including self-censorship by content providers, and what rules and processes...

12 November 2012

By John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

Are business leaders ensuring respect for LGBT rights?

"60 years ago, the governments that drafted and passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were not thinking about how it applied to the LGBT community. They also weren’t thinking about how it applied to indigenous people or children or...

14 December 2011

By Kathryn Dovey, Manager, National Contact Point Coordination, OECD

Putting Gender Equality on the Business and Human Rights Agenda

This week the United Nations is launching a set of Women’s Empowerment Principles as part of events to mark International Women’s Day 2010. The principles – an initiative of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)...

10 March 2010

By Kathryn Dovey, Manager, National Contact Point Coordination, OECD