Global integration, political uncertainty and growing inequality have increased public scrutiny of business operations. Business schools need to better prepare future leaders for the challenges of this modern global business environment. They also need to demonstrate that the values and principles of their education are aligned with public expectations that business contribute to a fair and prosperous global economy.
This will require moving beyond dedicated business ethics or corporate social responsibility classes to a model that incorporates social considerations into the core of business curricula. This group of over 40 business schools around the world work together to realize this vision.
The Global Business School Network (GBSN) and Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative of the UN Global Compact have joined forces to support the efforts of the Global Business School Network for Business and Human Rights (BHR). The BHR was founded in 2017 by the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the Geneva School for Economics and Management, and the Alliance Manchester Business School. The BHR network currently comprises over 40 business schools that come together annually to discuss how to advance human rights in business education.
Catalyze business school efforts to include human rights in education and research programs (branding, marketing, advocacy, connecting to business)
Assist business schools to share ideas, strategies, and resources for human rights in business education (convening, peer-to-peer communication, networking, collaboration)
Enable collective action (within business education and across sectors) to support and protect human rights globally (collaborative research projects, student projects and competitions, creating instructional material)
The Case for Human Rights in Business Education– A Tool Kit
Business schools offer the ideal venue to explore 21st century human rights challenges, both in teaching future business leaders and conducting cutting-edge research. Adding human rights to the business school curriculum provides an exciting opportunity for new forms of collaboration. GBSN aims to serve as a resource and community for schools implementing recommendations in this toolkit.
Founding Members – Leadership Team
Director, Center for Business and Human Rights
Geneva School of Economics and Management
Director, Center for Business & Human Rights; Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance
NYU Stern School of Business
Deputy Head, Alliance Manchester Business School
Alliance Manchester Business School
Interested in Joining this Group?
Schools are not required to join GBSN for individuals to participate. Signing on to the PRME is also not required. Participation in the group is meant to be inclusive. Individuals interested in joining the Global Business School Network for Business and Human Rights should complete the online sign-up form below.
Questions or concerns, please contact Emma Martens, Network Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.