The University of Connecticut School of Business hosts The Business and Human Rights Initiative, which “seeks to develop and support multidisciplinary and engaged research, education, and public outreach at the intersection of business and human rights.” Professor Stephen Park, Director of the Business and Human Rights Initiative, invited me to be a discussant at the most recent meeting of the Initiative’s workshop series. The workshop focused on Rachel Chambers’ and Jena Martin’s excellent paper, A Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for Human Rights.
The series is made possible by a gift from the David and Joan Reed Faculty Fellowship, which this year awarded the honor to Shareen Hertel, a professor of political science, member of the steering committee for the UConn Business & Human Rights Institute, and a human rights advocate. Hertel used the award, one of the top teaching honors bestowed on UConn faculty, to create the lecture series.
“Every day, each of us makes scores of decisions about what to eat, wear and use—yet we don’t often have the chance to stop and reflect on who made those products or how our consumption choices affect the environment and the broader world around us,” said Hertel.
The lecture series titled “Politics and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains” gives students and faculty the chance to hear from experts who have grappled with managing global supply chains for decades, she said.
Business and Human Rights Initiative
University of Connecticut
STORRS, CT (February 15, 2019) – Professor Shareen Hertel (Political Science and Human Rights) has been awarded the David and Joan Reed Faculty Fellowship, one of the top teaching honors at the University of Connecticut. As the Reed Faculty Fellow, Hertel is hosting a lecture series Politics and Human Rights in the Global Supply Chain at UConn’s Waterbury campus, which is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Center of Excellence for Teaching (CETL) at UConn.
Three lectures are slated for the spring 2019 semester, centered around the themes of global supply chain management, business ethics and compliance, and innovative design for social and environmental sustainability:
- The first lecture, “Respect for Human Rights: An Imperative that Makes Good Business Sense”, on Wednesday, February 20, features Mark Nordstrom, former Senior Counsel-Labor and Employment Law at GE.
- On Wednesday, March 13, Bob Werner, formerly of Timex and current Advisory Board Chair of UConn’s Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER), will deliver a talk “Business and Human Rights: The View From the Field”.
- Finally, on Wednesday, April 10, Deborah Leipziger, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at the Lewis Institute, Babson College, will present “Human Rights and Business: Creating a Lexicon and Blueprint for Transformation”.
Nordstrom and Leipziger have been key contributors to the Business and Human Rights Initiative at UConn. In March 2017, Nordstrom participated in the Roundtable on Business and Human Rights. The following October, Nordstrom and Leipziger served as panelists for the Initiative’s conference on Stakeholder Engagement in Light Manufacturing, for which Leipziger authored the white paper.
Hertel is a member of the Initiative’s steering committee and has undertaken research on stakeholder dialogue regimes with the support of the Initiative.
The Reed Fellow Lecture Series reflects the ongoing engagement of the Initiative’s faculty members in the field of business and human rights. The series is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. Click here to register for the lectures. All lectures will be held at UConn’s Waterbury campus main building, rooms 113-119. For more information, call the OLLI office at 203-236-9924/9925 or email email@example.com.
For more information on UConn’s Business and Human Rights Initiative, please visit: https://businessandhumanrights.uconn.edu/.
Investment titan Amy Domini, widely considered a leading pioneer in socially responsible investing, came to UConn and shared what can only be described as good news.
Investor demands have radically changed the way corporations do business, and it is nearly impossible to find a major company today that isn’t re-examining or inventing policies that address human rights and environmental protection, she said.
“I don’t believe that companies have the right to make money from the destruction of our future,” she said in a keynote address titled, “How Responsible Investors Have Enabled Business to be a Solution to Human Suffering.”
The program was organized and hosted by the Business and Human Rights Initiative, of which the School of Business is a partner. Her keynote address kicked off a two-day symposium, which attracted leading scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss the “human face of finance.”
On September 20-21, 2018, the Business and Human Rights Initiative hosted a Symposium on Finding the Human Face of Finance. Amy Domini, Founder and Chair of Domini Impact Investments, delivered the keynote address, entitled “How Responsible Investors Have Enabled Business to be a Solution for Human Suffering”. Her remarks are re-printed here.