Human Rights in Business Program (HRIBP)


The Human Rights in Business Program (HRIBP) is devoted to the promotion of human rights and justice for people adversely affected by business and economic activity around the world. Remedying the harms inflicted upon people and communities, bringing those responsible to account, and devising long-term solutions that embed human rights into the core of corporate culture are only possible if all those affected are part of the solution. HRIBP aims to build the capacities of business to operate in a responsible and sustainable manner, of civil society to advocate for human rights and environmental protections, and of governments to create and execute effective public policies.

We believe that business practices and human rights must be brought into alignment, and that business success depends on the active respect and promotion of human rights. HRIBP advances human rights in businesses through applied and policy relevant research on key human rights and business issues, and support of practical initiatives focused on actively channeling business activities to positively impact on human rights and the environment. HRIBP works in a collaborative fashion with businesses and their stakeholders, providing a neutral convening space to identify common ground on means to improve governance and foster rights-respecting corporate cultures.

The Program's core project is the Accountability for the Security Sector in Risk Environments (ASSURE) project. ASSURE seeks to foster rights respecting behavior by private military and security companies operating around the world through strategic engagement with industry leaders and key stakeholders in government, civil society, and academia. As a global industry operating in complex environments, private security companies and their stakeholders have had to identify means to address pressing human rights challenges and fill the governance gaps left by home and host states unwilling or unable to regulate the industry. ASSURE’s objectives are to develop trainings to improve companies’ ability to adhere to standards and uphold human rights in their operations; to identify best practices in multi-stakeholder regulation and develop guidance for implementing elements of effective voluntary standards; and to conduct and disseminate policy and business relevant research to improve companies’ human rights compliance.

Program Highlights and Events

National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct: Initial Reflections on the Way Here and the Road Ahead

ISO 18788: The New Standard for Responsible Security Operations Seminar

Workshop on Training Private Military and Security Companies

Business & Human Rights Series

Montreux Five Years On: An analysis of State efforts to implement Montreux Document legal obligations and good practices