HRIBP: Bringing Humanity to Business

HrIBPLogo2The Human Rights in Business Program is dedicated to improving the human rights of individuals and communities worldwide who are impacted by business and economic development. HRIBP strives to identify and reinforce the positive contributions that the private sector can make towards fostering human and environmental well-being, while finding means to mitigate the more detrimental effects of economic activities on human rights protections.

HRIBP advances human rights in businesses through applied and policy relevant research on key human rights and business issues, and support of practical initiatives focused on actively channeling business activities to positively impact on human rights and the environment. HRIBP works in a collaborative fashion with businesses and their stakeholders, providing a neutral convening space to identify common ground on means to improve governance and foster rights-respecting corporate cultures. Housed within an institution of higher learning, HRIBP offers educational programs for students entering the field of human rights, professionals seeking skills development, and the general public to raise awareness on current topics and pressing issues at the nexus of human rights and business.

Our name has changed

The Initiative for Human Rights in Business has changed its name. We are now the Human Rights in Business Program.

Panel Discussion: Doing Business in Burma

Burma7On Tuesday, July 15th at 8:15 am, the Human Rights in Business Program, in conjunction with the International Bar Association, will host a panel discussion, "Doing Business in Burma: The Human Rights Risks and Reporting Requirements" at the offices of DLA Piper, in Washington DC.  The event is open to the public but you must register for the event. Contact Jason Davis at the International Bar Association at to RSVP.

Business and HR at Sea FlyerThis webinar examined the applicability of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights to the maritime industry. Speakers addressed the unique operating environment of the maritime industry and recently developed standards for private maritime security provision. The founder of Human Rights at Sea introduced his new initiative to translate the UN Guiding Principles into the maritime context.

To learn more about the Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) International Maritime Initiative, click here. To view the video recording of the event, click here.

Business & Human Rights Series

Business & Human Rights: Best Practices & Lessons Learned

May15Event4In conjunction with the International Bar Association, the Human Rights in Business Program hosted a discussion, "Human Rights: Best Practices and Lessons Learned" as part of its Human Rights in Business Series. The event took place on May 15th in Washington DC at the offices of Clifford Chance LLP. Speakers for this event were: Gary Klein (DLA Piper/Washington DC), Rae Lindsay (Clifford Chance/London) and Peter Stern (Morrison Foerster/San Francisco). Click here to learn more.

Mega Sporting Events: Examining the World Cup and the Olympics from a Business and Human Rights

The International Bar Association and the Human Rights in Business Program at American University-Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law are pleased to invite you to attend a panel discussion entitled: Mega Sporting Events: Examining th...

The Journey of a Corporate Idealist

Anyone familiar with the business and human rights community likely knows Christine Bader. Respected by business officials, government leaders, and NGO activists alike, she made a name for herself directing sustainability issues at BP, as an assistant to John Ruggie, while he...

HRIBP Hosts Panel on Implementing the UN Guiding Principles

On Thursday, February 6th, the Human Rights in Business Program hosted a panel discussion on business and human rights,”BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS: How is the Global Business Community Responding to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Three Years After its...

The Montreux Document Five Years On: Growing Acceptance Despite Mixed Record

From December 11 to 13, 2013, the Swiss Government, with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), hosted the Montreux +5 Conference in Montreux, Switzerland. Montreux +5 brought...