Business and Human Rights Scholarship: Expanding an Interdisciplinary and International Field

Business and Human Rights Scholarship: Expanding an Interdisciplinary and International Field

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.

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Why Google Should Stay Out of China

Why Google Should Stay Out of China

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.

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How Microsoft is Sparking a Crucial Conversation on Facial Recognition Technology

How Microsoft is Sparking a Crucial Conversation on Facial Recognition Technology

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.

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Why U.S. Withdrawal From the Human Rights Council is a Dangerous Leadership Mistake

Why U.S. Withdrawal From the Human Rights Council is a Dangerous Leadership Mistake

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.

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A new approach to evaluating company social performance

A new approach to evaluating company social performance

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.

 

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Who’s Not in Favor of Human Rights?

Who’s Not in Favor of Human Rights?

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. 

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