Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

(en français, en espanol)

Linked with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre of 2008-01-18.

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has become the world’s leading independent resource on the subject. Our website is updated hourly with news and reports about companies’ human rights impacts worldwide – positive and negative. The site covers over 3600 companies, over 180 countries. It receives over 1.5 million hits per month. Topics include discrimination, environment, poverty & development, labour, access to medicines, health & safety, security, trade. “An essential guide to the world’s companies and their records on human rights.”
Guardian newspaper. “No debate can move forward, no positive change can be made, without facts. The Resource Centre is the only website to provide such a broad range of balanced information on business and human rights – company by company, country by country, issue by issue.” Mary Robinson (Director of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and President of Ireland). (full text).

The english Homepage;
getting started;


  • To encourage companies to respect human rights, avoid harm to people, & maximise their positive contribution;
  • To provide easy, one-stop access to information for companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others, whether they are experienced or new to the subject;
  • To facilitate constructive, informed decision-making and public discussion.

An international organization: The Resource Centre has offices in the UK and USA. Our East Asia Researcher is based in Hong Kong and Africa Researcher is based in South Africa. See Staff for more details. We plan to recruit further regional researchers in Latin America, Central Asia /Eastern Europe and in other parts of Asia and Africa, who will bring under-reported concerns from those regions to international attention.

Status: The Resource Centre is an independent non-profit, in a collaborative partnership with Amnesty International sections and leading academic institutions:

  • UK: Registered Charity in England & Wales (no. 1096664);
  • USA: tax-exempt non-profit organisation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The website: The website links to a wide range of materials published by: NGOs; companies & business organisations; UN, ILO & other intergovernmental organisations; governments & courts; policy experts & academics; social investment analysts; journalists; etc. The site contains materials in English, Spanish and French, and a few in Portuguese and German. We are currently expanding our coverage in non-English languages. The United Nations, ILO, business organisations, NGOs and universities have, at their request, linked their websites to the Resource Centre site.

Weekly Updates: including company responses to concerns … (full text).

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