Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice represents the first textbook to comprehensively address business and human rights.

In a global economy, multinational companies often operate in jurisdictions where governments are either unable or unwilling to uphold even the basic human rights of their citizens. The expectation that companies respect human rights in their own operations and in their business relationships is now a business reality that corporations must respond to.

Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice brings together over 30 scholars from different academic disciplines and practitioners from the field to explore topics such as:

  • the regulatory framework that grounds the business and human rights debate

  • challenges faced by companies and stakeholders in improving human rights

  • industry-specific human rights standards

  • current mechanisms to hold corporations to account

  • future challenges for business and human rights

A full outline is available here.


With supporting case studies throughout, this text provides an interdisciplinary overview of current themes in the field and guidance on practical implementation, demonstrating that a thorough understanding of the human rights challenges faced by business is now vital in any business context. Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice (Routledge) is available for purchase in paperback, hardback and e-book online at Amazon.com

An important contribution to a vital subject, this excellent primer on business and human rights offers valuable insight for both current and future practitioners. Recognizing the challenges and preparing effectively are vital to drive responsible and sustainable business.
— Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever


  • Harry J. Van Buren (2016) in the Business and Human Rights Journal, available here.

  • Humberto Cantú Rivera (2017) in the Anuario Mexicano De Derecho Internacional, available here.

  • Santoro, Michael (2017) in Business Ethics Quarterly, available here.



  • Christine Bader, Author, "The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil"

  • Joanne Bauer, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

  • Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Research Director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

  • Sara Blackwell, Legal and Policy Coordinator, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

  • Anne-Marie Buzatu, Deputy Head of Operations of Public-Private Partnerships, DCAF

  • Rachel Davis, Managing Director,Shift

  • Surya Deva, Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong

  • Mary Dowell-Jones, Professor of European Law, University of Nottingham

  • Anthony Ewing, Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia University

  • Bennett Freeman, Former Senior Vice President for Social Research & Policy, Calvert Group

  • Arvind Ganesan, Director Business and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch

  • Kristen Genovese, Senior Researcher, Center for Research on Multi-National Corporations

  • Ben Heineman, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard University

  • Scott Jerbi, Senior Advisor for Policy & Outreach, Institute for Human Rights and Business

  • Chris Jochnick, Director, Private Sector Department, Oxfam America

  • Christine Kaufmann, President, Center for Human Rights Studies, University of Zurich

  • Sarah Labowitz, Co-Director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

  • Richard Locke, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

  • Amol Mehra, Director, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

  • Justine Nolan, Professor, Deputy Director, Australian Human Rights Centre, University of New South Wales

  • Guido Palazzo, Professor, Department of Strategy, Globalization & Society, University of Lausanne

  • Chip Pitts, Lecturer, Stanford Law School

  • Michael Posner, Co-Director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

  • Caroline Rees, President, Shift

  • Michael Samway, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

  • Auret van Heerden, Founder, Equiception

  • Florian Wettstein, Director of the Institute for Business Ethics, University of St. Gallen

  • Simon Zadek, Co-Director, UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System