Commodities take many forms. They are the basis of the world’s natural resources, and form the backbone of much global commerce. IHRB’s focus on commodities centres around the extractives sector, including oil, gas and mining activities. Our work is aimed at improving the governance and operations of the sector to prevent human rights impacts, and to develop options for remedies at each step of the extractives value chain, so that communities, businesses and governments can benefit from natural resource endowments in a balanced and accountable manner.
IHRB supports governments with in-depth analysis of the ways sector-level policy and legal frameworks can better protect human rights. We utilise data-driven tools to model and quantify the human rights impacts of extractive operations. We bring together extractives companies, communities, civil society, national human rights institutions and academia to collectively engage in identifying human rights solutions to key challenges and dilemmas and promote the uptake of global norms on human rights, transparency and governance. IHRB is also working to develop human rights guidance for commodities trading firms.
Natural resource extraction should be about shared prosperity.
06 January 2017
- Report: Human Rights in Kenya’s Extractive Sector: Exploring the Terrain
- Report: Human Rights in Tanzania’s Extractive Sector: Exploring the Terrain
- Report: Stakeholder Engagement in Kenya’s Extractive Sector - Principles & Pointers
- Meeting Report: Stakeholder Engagement in Kenya’s Extractive Sector - Getting it Right
News & Events
16 June 2016
- News: IHRB-University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute Partnership on the Extractive Sector
- Event: 2nd Extractives Sector Forum - Stakeholder engagement in the Kenyan Context
- Event: Companies & Climate Change - Legal Liability and Human Rights Challenges After Paris/COP21
- News: Launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
Commentary & Podcasts
21 December 2016
- Commentary: From Deal Maker to Diplomat? Business and Human Rights Questions for Rex Tillerson
- Commentary: Dakota Access Pipeline and the High Cost of Violating Indigenous Rights
- Podcast: Arnold Kwesiga on Corporate Accountability in Uganda
- Commentary: The Infrastructure We Don’t Want - OECD Infrastructure Advice to the G20
04 December 2014
10 June 2014
27 April 2011