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.
IHRB’s research and thought leadership on the financial sector explores the ways that human rights can contribute to the design of a more sustainable financial system. We work with international organisations and financial institutions to make human rights relevant to key actors in the sector, emphasising opportunities for investors to integrate human rights considerations into their work, and highlighting opportunities to leverage financial flows related to climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Information & Communications Technologies
ICT has proved to be a key enabler of many human rights, but there are profound questions about how to respect and protect human rights in the digital age. IHRB identifies and analyses challenges to human rights arising from the use of ICTs, in particular impacts on freedom of expression and privacy. We recommend actions companies, civil society and governments can take to protect human rights in the digital realm, which in turn affects human rights in the real world.
IHRB is working with all key stakeholders in the MSE field to advance the idea of creating an impartial, permanent centre for learning and accountability. This initiative will bring urgently needed continuity to the planning, delivery and legacy of MSEs and help to ensure they are managed with respect for human rights.
Through the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, IHRB is calling for strong commitments to mainstream responsible recruitment, embed respect for migrant workers’ rights and achieve migration with dignity. IHRB’s Dhaka Principles form a principal element of our work, outlining the basic steps any company should take to ensure they are respecting migrant workers’ rights throughout the migration cycle.
IHRB's primary benchmarking activities are focused on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), a multi-stakeholder initiative made up of private sector and not for profit organisations: Aviva Investors, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Calvert Investments, IHRB, VBDO and Vigeo Eiris. The CHRB will be the world's first wide-scale benchmark on corporate human rights performance.
IHRB helped to found and continues to work with Centro Regional de Empresas y Emprendimientos Responsables (CREER), which aims to be a regional hub and centre of south-south learning, knowledge and exchange, using its affiliation with IHRB to develop strategic partnerships and share lessons internationally.
IHRB’s Nairobi Process is an initiative developed in collaboration with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. The Nairobi Process engages businesses, government and civil society to collaboratively address key areas of human rights concern in the East African extractive sector. It aims to embed human rights due diligence and accountability through application of international and regional standards.
IHRB’s work in Myanmar began during 2012 in the context of the newly launched democratic reform process. This led to the joint establishment with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) of the pioneering Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business(MCRB). Based in Yangon, it aims to provide a trusted, impartial forum for dialogue, seminars, and briefings to relevant parties committed to responsible business in Myanmar, as well as access to international expertise and tools.