There are many NGOs, experts and academic sources of information to find out more about business and human rights. Please note that the Commission has no control over information carried on external sites and cannot accept responsibility for their content.
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an independent resource which frequently updates its website with news and information on the impact of thousands of companies worldwide. The website covers the social and environmental impacts of over 5000 companies, operating in over 180 countries, and topics covered include discrimination, environment, poverty and development, labour, access to medicines, health and safety, security, trade. The website for the Centre also has a Guidance Portal which contains detailed toolkits and information on business and human rights issues, including best practice and policy guidelines, and thematic advice in areas including agriculture, manufacturing and oil and gas.
The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) is dedicated to being a global centre of excellence and expertise on the relationship between business and internationally proclaimed human rights standards. The Institute works to raise corporate standards and strengthen public policy to ensure that the activities of companies do not contribute to human rights abuses, and in fact lead to positive outcomes.
The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice (MRFCJ) is a centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for those many victims of climate change who are usually forgotten - the poor, the disempowered and the marginalised across the world.
Realizing Rights - The Ethical Globalization Initiative was founded by Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2002, and works to place put human rights standards at the heart of global governance and policy-making, harnessing civil society, government, business, and economic forums to build awareness for issues of concern.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the principal United Nations office mandated to promote and protect human rights for all. OHCHR leads global human rights efforts and speaks out objectively in the face of human rights violations worldwide. They provide a forum for identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today's human rights challenges, and act as the principal focal point of human rights research, education, public information, and advocacy activities in the United Nations system. The OHCHR have more information here on the work of John Ruggie, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights.
The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.