Business & Human Rights

The Business and Human Rights research programme focuses on the business and human rights issues relevant to commercial actors operating in our focal region. It places an emphasis on existing regulatory and non-regulatory initiatives for securing responsible business conduct whilst drawing on our in-region expertise to support emerging efforts to ensure corporate human rights compliance and sustainable responsible business.

The Business & Human Rights programme focuses on human rights issues relevant to corporate actors operating in our focal region, encompassing also environmental, social and governance (ESG) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) matters. The last two decades in particular have seen increasing attention on the capacity of business actors to undermine human rights enjoyment and contribute to conflict and inequality in developing and fragile states. It has also nevertheless seen recognition of the role of these actors in supporting peace, development and good governance in such countries. 

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Conflict diamond certification scheme unable and unwilling to reform

“Conflict diamond certification scheme unable and unwilling to reform” Today, another three-year reform cycle of the Kimberley Process came to an end without meaningful change. Participating states could only find consensus on insignificant changes to the scope and governance of the scheme. They once again

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