Putting people and the planet at the core of business

LSE Short Course: “A Practical Introduction to Business and Human Rights”

4-5 July 2017

Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE

This two-day course aimed to introduce participants to the latest academic work, most innovative company practices and investor and civil society outlooks on business and human rights. Day one focused on understanding business and human rights advocacy and remedy for business-related human rights abuses. Day two concentrated specifically on businesses’ perspectives on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. 

Course highlights

  • The course began with an interactive session to help participants understand the notion of human rights and international standards as it is relevant for business activities. Participants gained unique insights into BHR advocacy as the underlying force spinning the BHR movement.
  • ‘Remedy’ for business-related human rights harms: The course addressed access to remedy in the context of BHR providing a state-of-the-art overview of the topic, including discussion of key BHR litigation cases and explored alternative mechanisms for remedy.
  • On the second day of the course, a unique set of practitioner-led sessions helped participants explore the corporate responsibility to respect human rights (RtR) from inside companies. This hands-on approach included a session on intrapreneurship to help participants identify tools and strategies to advance the respect for human rights within a company.

Contributors included CORE’s Director, Marilyn Croser, among other experts with extensive experience in the field. For further information on the course convenors and experts, please see here.