The Center is creating a network of business schools to advance human rights in business education.

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Global integration, political uncertainty and growing inequality, have increased public scrutiny of business operations. Business schools need to better prepare future leaders for the challenges of a global business environment. They also need to demonstrate that the values and principles of their education are in sync with public expectations that business contribute to a fair and prosperous global economy.

Adopting a business and human rights (BHR) frame for business education can show this commitment. Beyond business ethics or corporate social responsibility, a business and human rights curriculum provides an important framework to understand the role of business in a complex, global economy.



Second annual meeting of business schools that support human rights teaching and research

On November 28, 2018 representatives of 25 business schools from Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, Asia and North America met for the second time in Geneva to discuss how they plan to promote teaching of, and research on, human rights as a major element of business education. Representatives from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the European Union’s Office of the Special Representative for Human Rights, and the business school accreditation organization, EFMD, spoke at the meeting.

To view the official statement, click here

To view the list of participants, click here


Inaugural meeting of business schools that support human rights teaching and research

On November 30, 2017, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the Business & Human Rights Catalyst at Alliance Manchester Business School, and the Geneva School of Economics and Management will co-host a meeting in Geneva that will bring together a small group of business school scholars interested in expanding human rights teaching and research in business schools.

Participants include representatives from leading business schools in the US and Europe, including the London School of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, EDHEC in France, Zurich University and the University of St Gallen in Switzerland, Amsterdam Business School at the University of Amsterdam, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Ross School of Business at Michigan University, University of Connecticut and many others. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the business school accreditation agencies have endorsed this meeting.

To view a full list of participants, click here.
To view the meeting agenda, click here.