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IHRB produces a range of research, meeting reports, policy submissions, podcasts, videos and commentaries on our main focus areas, as well as other topics relevant to the business and human rights agenda.

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Latest IHRB Publications

Have the Voluntary Principles Realised Their Full Potential?

Extractive industries have little choice but to operate where they find resources. As a result, they may find themselves in conflict zones, facing human rights abuses taking place in their area of operations. Many have argued that since these abuses...

The Voluntary Principles at 10

As the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights plenary convenes in London this week, a pivotal agenda awaits participants that will frame the issues and decisions which must be made if the Voluntary Principles (VPs) are to fulfill their...

17 March 2010

Commentary by Bennett Freeman

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)...

Knowledge of Human Rights Risks - Company Friend or Enemy?

Is knowledge of human rights risks a company’s friend or its enemy? No one likes bad news, and messengers who deliver it may choose to do so gingerly. But it’s critically important for a company to investigate, understand, and act on facts - however...

Contribute to UN Work on Business and Human Rights

What does a good corporate human rights policy look like? What should trigger a company's assessment of its human rights impacts? When should human rights be integrated into other business processes, and when should they stand alone?

To gather...

Where the Rubber Meets the Road - Human Rights, Business and Local Government

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school...

Financial Reform - Making the Human Rights Case

In announcing his financial reform proposals last week, US President Barack Obama pledged: “never again will the American taxpayer be held hostage by a bank that is too big to fail.

This commitment underlies his proposals for regulatory reform of...

Small Change - Why Business Won’t Save the World

What’s the best way for business to contribute to realizing human rights? I’ve been pondering that question over the last few days in the light of Google’s decision to oppose censorship and protect the email accounts of activists in China, going so...

19 January 2010

Commentary by Michael Edwards

Google China Decision: ‘Remarkable, Courageous, Far-Reaching’

The global Internet giant Google has taken a remarkable, courageous, and far-reaching decision when it said it would stop censoring its search engine in China.

As Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond explained in a candid blog, Google took...

The Institute’s Challenge

The idea behind the Institute for Human Rights and Business is that impacts by companies on human rights need, firstly, to be much more widely understood and publicised. Secondly, we need to find mechanisms that can integrate the process of...

15 December 2009

Commentary by Chris Marsden, Patron, IHRB

Timberland - Business Willing to Engage but a Multi-Stakeholder Effort Needed

IHRB's Executive Director John Morrison wrote a compelling post in late September about the need for rapid scaling of progress on human rights – a view we wholeheartedly share. It has taken us 15 years to get to where we are – to create what can...

The Bitter Harvest of Uzbek Cotton

Once again in Uzbekistan this autumn, another bitter harvest is ending. Observers from different regions around the country are reporting that between 1.5 and 2 million teenagers, as well as children as young as nine years old, are missing school...

24 November 2009

Commentary by Bennett Freeman