The Investment & Human Rights Project is led by Andrea Saldarriaga and Andrea Shemberg.
International investment plays a significant role in our globalised economy mobilising vast amounts of capital from the financial markets through to thousands of businesses and projects around the world. Investment can create positive conditions for improving people’s lives, but it can also negatively impact peoples’ enjoyment of their human rights. Normative developments over the last two years, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and updated social responsibility standards, tell us that both governmental and market actors should safeguard human rights in the context of all business activity, including investment.
While there is a flurry of activity directed towards improving company practices in line with these normative standards, a serious gap exists: few efforts, if any, consider what these standards imply for the structures, rules and policies that facilitate, support and protect international investment.
The Investment & Human Rights Project will contribute to closing this gap by:
building awareness about how international investment works and what might be its relationship to peoples’ enjoyment of their human rights; and
creating constructive spaces for learning, research, discussion and sharing of practical tools in the area of investment and human rights.
The Project has developed an innovative website, the Learning Hub, a new online space created to build understanding on investment, human rights and their connections. The Hub will explore the implications that these connections have for the work of governments, commercial practitioners and civil society in ensuring the protection of and respect for human rights. The Learning Hub is dynamic. It will develop over time, and there is much to explore already. Visit the Learning Hub.