"Michael Posner, one of the most influential human rights experts in the U.S., is leading a movement that he hopes will fundamentally change the way business schools approach human rights." - Poets & Quants
"Most B-school students know they’re signing up for classes in subjects like accounting and finance, but they probably don’t expect to see human rights on the syllabus. Professor Michael Posner wants to change that." -Bloomberg Business
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In an interview conducted during the World Economic Forum 2018 Annual Meeting, Mike Posner discusses the ethical challenges facing social networks and businesses.
Deputy Director Paul Barrett commends Google's announcement that it will hire more human moderators to flag extremist or disturbing content online but highlights the need to devote similar resources to political disinformation online.
Paul Barrett writes an op ed arguing that internet companies can make more progress against lies and terror through transparency. One need only look at what they've already done.
Maybe weary of its role as a punchbag for moralists, and certainly in search of products with widespread appeal, Wall Street has taken to selling products linked to virtue. That is not easy: how does an industry focused on financial returns go about gauging goodness?
More and more, shoppers today want to know their products were made ethically and sustainably, and clothing is one category they’ve put under particular scrutiny. H&M’s newly launched label, Arket, and its website, which went live on Aug. 25, gives the location and name of the factory where each and every piece of clothing was made.
Migrant workers are on the front line of the gulf’s diplomatic rift because of the kafala labor sponsorship system. That system makes migrant laborers reliant on their employers for visas, accommodation and even permission to enter or exit the country.
Fashion companies’ websites are a rhetorical jungle of vague, virtuous-sounding self-description. As they boast of “ethical sourcing” and “positive impact,” the companies seek to reassure consumers and investors of brands’ commitments to “transparency” and “sustainability” — two of the most fashionable buzzwords in modern marketing.
In their op-ed, Tara Wadhwa and Gabriel Ng explain why the new German law aimed at combating hate speech online puts big internet platforms in an invidious position.
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Dorothee Baumann Pauly and Auret van Heerden outline the four changes that must be enacted in order to upgrade Bangladesh's garment sector and ensure laborers have safe and sustainable work environments.
The Center reports on the first meeting of more than 20 business schools in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss current efforts to promote human rights in business schools and explore future opportunities, and encourages future membership and collaboration.
As the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Export Association, C&A Foundation and the Center for Entrepreneurship Development at BRAC University undertake the second phase of its mapping project, the Center offers its support and insights.