IJP’s Business & Human Rights Initiative (BHRI) leverages our legal expertise to contribute to new norms developed at the intersection of corporate activity and human rights consequences. The traditional system of human rights only imposes obligations on governments. But as multinational corporations become economically and politically more powerful, there is a growing consensus that theses corporations play an important role on issues related to human rights throughout their supply chains. The central question our initiative seeks to address is: How can multinational corporations act to address the core human rights impact of their business activity?
To answer this question, IJP is pursuing a constellation of activities to engage a framework where governments and business cooperate to protect human rights, and to ensure that effective remedies are available when violations do occur. Our current projects include analyzing U.S. corporate involvement in Sudan’s economy; exploring the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Doss-Frank) in eastern Congo; and actively developing partnerships with prominent multinational corporations known for best practices in human rights. In 2014, IJP also joined the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, a coalition that creates, promotes and defends legal framework to ensue corporations respect human rights in their global operations. By working together with corporations and multinational and civil society coalitions we believe we can lead the trend toward actualizing business obligation to respect human rights.
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