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.
22 March 2017
- Report: Home Governments Series - Innovative New Approaches
- Report: Home Governments Series - Multistakeholder Initiatives
- Report: Home Governments Series - Reporting Requirements
- Report: Home Governments Series - Overview of the Key International Standards
News & Events
16 March 2017 Nairobi, Kenya
- News: Five Years On - IHRB Reflects on the State of Business and Human Rights
- 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
Commentary & Podcasts
22 March 2017
- Commentary: Standing Rock Sioux - A Model for Protection of Planet and its People
- 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
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