On September 14-15, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights hosted the fourth annual Business and Human Rights Scholars conference, co-organized with the Global Business and Human Right Scholars’ Association. The meeting brought together more than 40 academics from all over the world, including from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Indonesia, Nepal, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia. The lively interaction between business and legal scholars at the conference revealed the importance of continuing to develop this field with a truly inter-disciplinary approach.
Our Research Director, Dorothee Baumann-Pauly assesses the information included in the first wave of reports that internet companies submitted to the German government, as required by the NetzDG, a new German law to fight harmful content online
Michael Posner makes a case about why Google should not be trying to get into a Chinese censorship initiative. As revealed by the news site the Intercept, and corroborated by several other news agencies, Google has begun exploratory talks with Chinese officials about the terms of its re-entry. The news reports suggest that the company has initiated an internal project called “Dragonfly,” a new search engine that would enable Google to comply with Chinese censorship laws.
After a trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh, our Director, Michael Posner details his thoughts while traveling. His written words highlight the overwhelming dismal response U.S. leaderships has taken in trying to remedy the catastrophic conditions which remain for the Rohingyas and other minorities in Myanmar/Burma.
Director, Michael Posner explores a timely blog post written by Microsoft President, Brad Smith. The post raised important questions about the human rights challenges relating to facial recognition technology. Smith rightly focuses on vexing challenges relating to governance of facial recognition technologies, a rapidly evolving area which requires new governance models in which both governments and companies assume greater responsibilities.
Our Director, Michael Posner, explains the harmful consequences of the Supreme Court’s refusal to overrule the visa ban. He highlights the powerful economic advantages that immigration has delivered to the American economy.
Our director, Michael Posner, discusses the recent Trump administration decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. He details how it is yet another step in the administration’s retreat from the world stage. Once widely viewed as a global leader on issues like human rights, the U.S. is now a marginal player, in headlong retreat from the leadership position it has occupied since World War II.
In March 2017, the Center published Putting the "S" in ESG: Measuring Human Rights Performance for Investors. After examining more than 1700 social indicators, the report outlined several gaps in existing approaches to evaluating companies' social performance. The Center is now working on a pilot project to develop improved social measures for the apparel sector. Following nine months of expert outreach, the Center has developed a list of indicators that it will soon test in practice.
In a guest blog, Dan LeClair, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer - AACSB International, asserts the importance of teaching human rights in business school curriculum. He points to the Center's efforts to create a global network of business schools that shows how human rights issues are relevant to different business disciplines, such as accounting, finance, marketing, and information systems.