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Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy

 

Centre for the Study of Human Rights
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

 

Director - Dr Margot Salomon

Manager - Zoe Gillard
z.gillard@lse.ac.uk|
+44(0)20 7955 6428

 

Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy

Investment & Human Rights Project

Watch our three-minute introduction on the need to draw connections between investment and impacts on peoples' enjoyment of their human rights:

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On 10 April 2014 the Investment & Human Rights project launched the Investment & Human Rights Learning Hub|, an 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. With the Investment & Human Rights Map|, the Hub proposes an innovative way to visualise and think about investment and human rights. Visit the Learning Hub and find out more|
 
Panel at UN Business and Human Rights Forum
The Project participated in the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights| in Geneva from 2-4 December 2013. Andrea Saldarriaga| moderated a multi-stakeholder panel discussion on Investment and Human Rights. Andrea Shemberg| was a panellist in the discussion on the application of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to state-owned financial institutions.
 
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The Project is supporting the launch of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' new multimedia training materials on the UN Principles for Responsible Contracts| integrating human rights risk management into State-Investor contract negotiations. At the Forum, the Project's team distributed the training materials on USB keys to participants from communities with low bandwidth access to the internet. Watch an introduction to the training.|
 

 

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.|

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