Roundtable on Business and Human Rights in an Era of Anti-Globalization

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March 30, 2017
of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

In the aftermath of the recent turn towards nationalist, populist, and anti-globalist politics in the United States and Europe, advocates of business and human rights must contend with criticism and doubts about global institutions and values, including those related to economic and cultural globalism and international human rights.

To address the implications of these events for the study and practice of business and human rights, the Business and Human Rights Initiative convened a roundtable of experts on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut on March 30, 2017.

The Initiative has published a report that documents and contextualizes the participants' observations and ideas. 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. We hope that it is of benefit to researchers and practitioners alike as they analyze, respond to, and act upon the challenges—as well as the opportunities—of the current era.