IHRIB: Bringing Humanity to Business

IHRIBFaviconIHRIB is dedicated to improving the human rights of individuals and communities worldwide who are impacted by business and economic development. IHRIB 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.

IHRIB 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. IHRIB 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, IHRIB 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.

Civil Society Convening

North American Civil Society Consultation on the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment

The North American regional representatives to the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) of the Committee on World Food Security of the Food and Agriculture Organization extend an open invitation to civil society organizations to participate in a discussion of the zero draft of the Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI). The RAI are being created to ensure that agricultural investment is undertaken in a manner that supports the universal realization of the right to food, enhances food security and nutrition, reduces poverty, and promotes sustainable agricultural development. The discussion and resulting recommendations on the draft principles will be shared out to the Committee on Food Security’s Open-ended Working Group at its next meeting in September. For further information and to register for this event, click here.


Webinar/Webcast Series

Montreux Fives Years On: Assessing the current status of the development and implementation of international standards for the private military and security industry

This webinar and webcast series features stakeholders from business, government, and civil society, who have been working towards improving regulation, oversight, and accountability for the private military and security industry, to examine the implementation of the best practices outlined in Montreux Document as well as other relevant international initiatives. To listen to recordings of these webcasts, click here.

UN PRI Conference at Rio +20 to Focus on Sustainable Investment

I am attending the U.N. Principles for Responsible Investment conference in Rio de Janeiro today. the two day conference will focus on sustainability and investment. The event promises to be an interesting one with a range of speakers from a number of disciplines in investment,...

Negative Impacts of Commodities Speculation

A bibliography entitled “Evidence on the Negative Impact of Commodity Speculation by Academics, Analysts and Public Institutions,” has been updated with a number of additional papers on the topic. Compiled by Markus Henn, at the German NGO,WEED, it is a comprehensive...