Business and Human Rights Clinic

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Business and Human Rights Clinic!

Objective

The Business and Human Rights (BHR) Clinic presents an opportunity for students to gain practical experience on corporate engagement with human rights. The objective of the BHR Clinic is to explore implementation strategies for human rights in corporate practice. Tackling real business challenges in the human rights context will enable business students to apply theoretical concepts to practice and gain applied skills. Students will develop their analytical skills, formulate concrete action steps, and learn to communicate their results to partners. These skills will be most important once they are themselves in roles that require managing human rights challenges in corporate practice.

Students will work together in a small team over five months and will develop concrete solutions for a real-life human rights challenge that has been submitted by a corporate partner. Students will interact with company representatives and gain first-hand insights into their perspective on human rights.

Challenge 2021/22

This year marks the first implementation of the BHR Clinic. The challenge for the first cohort is presented by Holcim, a Swiss global player in the building materials industry, and involves co-developing scenario-based training material for employees. During the course of five months, students will have the chance to engage with managers in different countries and at different levels, identify scenarios representative of salient human rights and security risks, and carry out a pilot test of the training strategy and material they have developed.

Application Process

Students who are enrolled in the Master in Responsible Management program are eligible to apply for the Clinic by submitting their CV and a short motivation letter. Applications should be sent to Berit Knaak (Berit.Knaak@unige.ch) by October 15, 2021. As part of the application process, all applicants will be invited to a 15-minute interview. At the end of the application process, a small group of students will be selected to join this year’s cohort.

Dates and Course Credit

The BHR Clinic will commence on November 1, 2021 and end on April 1, 2022. Students will present their final report on the Clinic’s work to the company at the end of March 2022. The Clinic is an Institutional Project and contributes 6 ECTS for the master degree. All work will be conducted in English.