"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
"Labowitz co-founded New York University’s Center for Business and Human Rights weeks before the Rana Plaza accident, which she describes now as 'the quintessential example of a business and human rights challenge.'" -Forbes
"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
The Center in the News
In this op-ed, Mike Posner highlights Haiti's urgent need for support, which will only be exacerbated by the effects of Hurricane Matthew.
Sarah Labowitz comments on the advantage of direct communication between workers and brands presented by technology but cautions that technology isn't a solution on its own.
Sarah Labowitz and Hanne Dalmut point to the need for greater attention to labor abuses in the fishing industry, a topic missing from Secretary of State Kerry's 3rd Our Oceans Annual Conference.
Mike Posner offers insights on the how business have improved respect for human rights through their operations and the role of business, government and society in the age of globalization.
As Bangladesh indicts 38 factory owners for murder, Sarah Labowitz comments on the need for collective action that includes factory owners to improve working conditions.
Following the ILO conference, Sarah Labowitz comments on the need to go beyond a convention and think creatively on how best to hold all actors accountable in the supply chain.
The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights responds to Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative's request for comments on the UNGP Reporting Framework – Guidance Part II: Assurance of human rights performance and reporting, encouraging more rigorous standards applicable to each sector.
A blast at a Bangladeshi food packaging factory on Saturday killed at least 31 people and injured many more. Sarah Labowitz, co-director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, highlights urgent need for factory reforms.
The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights welcomes the proposal by DoD, GSA, and NASA to amend the United States Federal Acquisition Regulation’s (FAR) Subpart 22.17, entitled Combating Trafficking in Persons, and the associated clause 52.222-50, in order to further clarify the FAR’s definition of “recruitment fees.” We also appreciate the opportunity provided to the public by the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council and the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council to submit early input in this pursuit.