When a United Nations committee met last month in Geneva, Switzerland, to prepare new guidance on business and human rights, six UConn faculty offered suggestions to bolster the international treaty.
Business law professor Stephen Park and UConn colleagues have been awarded a $265,000 research grant under UConn’s Academic Plan to investigate ways to protect and promote human rights in the business world.
The Business and Human Rights Initiative, which will be funded from the research grant, seeks to establish UConn as a global leader in this emerging business field through conferences and workshops, support for UConn researchers, and public engagement.
via UConn Today
An interdisciplinary team of researchers seek to advance respect for human rights within the business sector by integrating academic theory and research, classroom teaching and learning, and community engagement and dialogue through the Business and Human Rights Engaged Research Project. Human Rights Institute researchers Glenn Mitoma (Neag School of Education) and Molly Land (UConn Law), and Stephen Park (School of Business), will lead the project.
Up-and-coming social entrepreneurs were among the guest speakers at a two-day “UConn Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Conference: Creating Value for Business and Society” on April 23-24 in Storrs. In addition to business practitioners, the conference included a full-day symposium featuring academic researchers.
“We don’t hire people to bake brownies, we bake brownies to hire people,” boasts the website of Greyston Bakery of Yonkers, N.Y. Recognized as one of the best social enterprise companies in the world, Greyston Bakery’s mission is to provide individuals with employment, skills and resources to lift them out of poverty.
Justin Nash ’14, a veteran who earned his MBA from the School of Business and is a graduate of UConn’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program, owns his own construction company, Veteran Construction Services. He is also the founder of Til Duty is Done, an organization which serves veterans through supportive housing, employment training and employment opportunities.
Both Nash and Greyston Bakery CEO Mike Brady will be panelists at the “UConn Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (SE2) Conference on April 23 and 24 on the Storrs campus.