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.

Spring Opening Lecture: The Challenge of Human Rights in Business

Four pictures during the Lecture

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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