Building a Principled, People-Centred Global Economy
Cross-border trade in goods, services, and the movement of people, can all have beneficial impacts for human rights. Increased international trade and investment have led to rapid economic growth and reduction of poverty in many parts of the world. Yet trade measures at the policy level, whether liberalisation or restriction, can have potentially harmful impacts on people throughout the value chain. For those beneficial impacts to be realised and potentially harmful impacts to be mitigated or eliminated, it is important that trade is rules-based and that these rules are consistent with international human rights standards.
IHRB is undertaking a series of work in different areas related to responsible trade to mobilise key actors and address challenges in the trade and human rights arena.
- Trade in Commodities: Integrating rights-based buying, transporting, blending, storing and selling of commodities.
- Digital Technology and Trade: Linking human rights risks and the adoption of technology-driven solutions.
- Transport and Shipping: Responding to risks throughout the full lifecycle, from raw materials sourcing, ship construction and operations, building and maintenance of port facilities, to beaching.
- Trade Agreements, Sanctions, and Tariffs: Understanding the rights-based impacts of economic sanctions or incentives as well as the inclusion or withdrawal of trade preferences.
- China Belt and Road Initiative: Anticipating the human rights implications of the largest global infrastructure programme of the modern era.
The conventional wisdom since the end of the Cold War - that increased international trade would contribute to broad based prosperity around the world - is facing severe challenge.
04 June 2019
- Meeting Report: Human Rights in the Shipping Industry - from Shipyard to Scrapyard
- Report: The Commodity Trading Sector: Guidance on Implementing the UNGPs
- Report: Public Consultation on Draft Human Rights Guidance for the Commodities Trading Sector
- Report: Comments Received on Draft Human Rights Guidance for the Commodities Trading Sector
02 May 2019 London, UK
- News: IHRB at the 2018 UN Forum on Business & Human Rights
- Event: The History and Future of the Business and Human Rights Movement
24 April 2019
- Commentary: Beyond a Simple Trading of Powers: An Alternative Future for the Global Mining Industry?
- Commentary: Why the G20 Labour and Employment Statement Matters
- Commentary: John Locke and Brexit - What will Happen to the UK’s Greatest Ever Export?
- Commentary: From Deal Maker to Diplomat? Business and Human Rights Questions for Rex Tillerson
28 November 2018
24 April 2019
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