We believe that respect for human rights is the most enduring way to ensure justice, opportunity, and dignity for people everywhere.

Respecting human rights while advancing business interests is one the most important – and least understood – business challenges today. We pursue ambitious, practical change to improve human rights in business operations by:

  1. Publishing original research that shapes the public debate. We provide leaders and stakeholders with factual information about business practices at the heart of an industry and their impact on human rights.
  2. Identifying options for action. Stakeholders within a given industry possess the experience, knowledge, and commitment to improve respect for human rights in business. We view our role as a catalyst and convener to help stakeholders identify practical solutions

  3. Mobilizing a network to make business practices more respectful of human rights across a given sector. We create structured opportunities for relevant stakeholders to conceive, debate, plan, and act on an ambitious vision for change. We bring together business leaders with other stakeholders whose input and engagement are necessary to achieve lasting solutions.

The human rights framework applies to states. It is now widely accepted that companies also have responsibilities to respect human rights in their business operations. We believe that respecting human rights is the right thing to do and that it makes business more competitive and predictable over time. Our central premise is that companies can and should work together to set standards for human rights performance in each industry.

 
Factory owners, government representatives, brands, and civil society organizations debating the future of the garment sector in Bangladesh at the Center's September 2013 convening in New York.

Factory owners, government representatives, brands, and civil society organizations debating the future of the garment sector in Bangladesh at the Center's September 2013 convening in New York.