The Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights (GCBHR) was founded in 2019 as the first business and human rights center at a business school in Europe. Under the direction of Prof. Dorothee Baumann-Pauly, the GCBHR educates future business leaders and supports companies in developing business models that align profits and human rights principles.
Prof. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly launched the University of Geneva’s spring semester with a lecture on the challenge of human rights in business. She presented her work as a business ethics scholar, and argued that the current crisis offers a unique opportunity to innovate and develop sustainable business models. She added that companies that embrace this challenge are set up for long-term business success, and become a force for sustainable development that creates value for business and society. The lecture was followed by a series of questions and answers that focused on the importance of realizing that human rights issues are not only the responsibility of governments but that they must also be tackled by businesses and investors.
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This event brings together a panel of experts to reflect on how the arena of business and human rights has evolved in the last ten years, how the private security sector fits into this, and what being a responsible business operating in complex environment entails.
During this event held in connection with the 10th anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the UNGPs, Prof. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly speaks on “Implementing Human Rights in Corporate Practice - Why and How”.
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This webinar organized by Nestlé explores the complexities of tackling child labour in the cocoa sector and the opportunity to shape an impactful EU due diligence legislation, within a broader set of measures, that will enhance collaboration between supply chain actors and promote systemic change across the cocoa sector.
Representatives from a number of business school, both professors and administrators, have worked jointly to assemble this tool kit. It includes information and resources explaining the increasing relevance of human…
The GCBHR is excited to annouce the launch of the world’s first Business and Human Rights Clinic at a business school.
Our new report written in collaboration with Finance & Human Rights (FaHR) was launched at the Sustainable Finance Forum on October 29th. This baseline study assesses how European Financial Institutions…