The Business and Human Rights Initiative at UConn seeks to develop and support multidisciplinary and engaged research, education, and public outreach at the intersection of business and human rights through:
- Support of scholarly research and related public engagement by UConn faculty
- Convening of conferences, roundtables, workshops, and other events
- Engagement with policymakers, companies, advocates, and other stakeholders to advance respect for human rights
- Support of student learning and professional opportunities in business and human rights
A partnership founded by Dodd Human Rights Impact, the UConn School of Business, and the Human Rights Institute, our initiative collaborates with programs and units throughout UConn.
Business and human rights education equips students with the knowledge and skills to create value for business and society. The Initiative supports and promotes business and human rights learning both in and outside of the classroom.
- Assist in the development and delivery of courses and the incorporation of business and human rights topics through the UConn curriculum. Current course offerings include:
- Support and promote student engagement through on-campus organizations and workshops.
- Facilitate student internship and practicum course opportunities with corporations, civil society organizations, international organizations, and government agencies.
- Advance business and human rights education through national and international organizations. For example, faculty member Rachel Chambers serves as co-director of the Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, an international organization dedicated to promoting and strengthening business and human rights education by fostering collaboration among teachers.
To advance respect for human rights, UConn faculty engage with policymakers, businesses, advocates and other stakeholders to support student learning and professional opportunities in business and human rights. Examples of our engagement includes:
United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
Participation in stakeholder consultations on the day of general discussion regarding State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities.
Global Network Initiative (GNI)
GNI is a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations, investors, and academics dedicated to protecting and advancing freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications technology sector. Molly Land, professor of law and human rights and a member of our steering committee, is an alternate member of GNI's Board of Directors.
The Initiative supports and promotes scholarly research by UConn faculty in business and human rights. Reflecting the broad scope of the human rights challenges and opportunities in business, these research areas encompass:
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Finance & Human Rights
- Digital Human Rights
- Corporate Accountability Mechanisms
As part of its mission of engaged research, the Initiative facilitates related public engagement by UConn faculty in order to bridge the gaps between academia, business, civil society, and government. In addition, we host the Business and Human Rights Workshop Series, which is dedicated to the development and discussion of works-in-progress and other non-published academic research.