Business’ Human Rights & Responding to the Refugee Crisis

Course Background

The obligation to respect human rights is a global norm that applies to the conduct of all business enterprises, wherever they operate. It exists over and above compliance with national laws and regulations protecting human rights. Addressing adverse human rights impacts requires taking adequate measures for their prevention, mitigation and, where appropriate, remediation. Migration has long been driven by the economic forces of the market, but has also been integral to political development. In the case of development-related forced migration, the World Bank estimated that development projects displaced 10 million people per year during the 1980s. This course will present the trends of migration and how these demographic flows impact on policy makers, business and society.

Course Content

  • We will review the most important global standards on business and human rights, including the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” (Ruggie) Framework and others.
  • We will explain how human rights fits into corporate social responsibility and sustainability, including the requirements of ISO 26000 and the GRI G4 Guidelines.
  • We will explore opportunities for integrating current human rights issues into business, including issues around migration and refugees and gender equality.
  • We will present interactive data of global migration trends, the drivers of migration and define the concept of forced migration and human displacement.
  • We will look at the nature and extent of globalisation and development and its impact on forced migration.
  • We look at the role of business in responding to the global forced migration crisis, especially linking through social responsibility to the positive economic and social contribution of refugees and migrants.

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to identify universal global principles and guidelines in prevention and addressing the risks of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity.
  • An understanding of the business requirements for human rights due diligence and mechanisms for remedy.
  • Knowledge of best and worst practice case studies and the lessons learned from each.
  • An understanding of the impact of globalisation and development on human displacement.
  • The ability to identify key drivers of human migration and displacement.
  • Knowledge of the ways in which organisations (including government, business and NGOs) can respond positively to the refugee crisis.

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