Companies face growing pressure to demonstrate that globalization delivers not only profits but social value. 

Economic power has shifted from states to the private sector. Today, half of the largest economies in the world are private companies, not states. Increasingly complex global operations require new skills of today's leaders. Each industry faces a unique set of challenges. We conduct sector-specific research to identify root causes of persistent human rights issues and propose standards for strong performance. We believe companies that proactively confront these problems will be more sustainable and profitable over the long-term. 

In 2011, the United Nations endorsed a set of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights that set a broad foundation for these issues.

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights


Governments should protect their citizens from human rights abuses, including by business


Companies have a responsibility to respect human rights


Victims of human rights abuse should have access to judicial and non-judicial remedies


The Business and Human Rights Resource Center is a free, global knowledge hub that reveals the human rights performance and policy of over 5,600 companies in over 180 countries.

[ Read more ]


The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable is a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations that creates, promotes, and defends legal frameworks to ensure corporations respect human rights in their global operations.

[ Read More ]