Month: December 2017

Press Release: Roundtable Report on Business and Human Rights in an Era of Anti-Globalization”.

Business and Human Rights Initiative
University of Connecticut
Press Release

STORRS, CT (December 18, 2017) – The Business and Human Rights Initiative at the University of Connecticut announces the publication of its report on the “Roundtable on Business and Human Rights in an Era of Anti-Globalization”.

The report synthesizes the key findings and conclusions from a high-level gathering of scholars, advocates, and business advisors and leaders designed to explore the implications of the politics of anti-globalism for the study and practice of business and human rights. Convened by the Business and Human Rights Initiative at UConn’s Storrs, Connecticut campus in March 2017, this roundtable explored the challenges and opportunities presented by the upsurge in opposition to global interconnection and global institutions revealed by the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the 2016 US presidential election. Organized around three main topics, “Business and Human Rights in an Anti-Globalist Context,” “(Re)Framing the Business and Human Rights Discourse,” and the “Future of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,” the report concludes with potential next steps and new directions for business and human rights.

“This report confronts fundamental questions about business and human rights in this era of political strife and uncertainty,” said Stephen Park, director of the Business and Human Rights Initiative. “It identifies resources and strategies that companies and human rights advocates can use to build durable and credible commitments to human rights in the business world.”

The Business and Human Rights Initiative, a partnership of the Thomas J. Dodd Center, the UConn School of Business, and the Human Rights Institute, seeks to develop and support multidisciplinary and engaged research, education, and public outreach at the intersection of business and human rights. To carry out its mission, the Initiative supports and disseminates research by UConn faculty, convenes events that bring together scholars and practitioners, engages with policymakers, businesses, and stakeholders to advance respect for human rights, and supports student learning and professional opportunities in business and human rights.