Our unique approach

GBI is a unique business-led organisation committed to strengthening corporate respect for human rights. We do this by sharing leading practice, examining challenges and potential solutions, and ensuring our members have greater insight into emerging trends and issues.

We are a community of business practitioners from diverse business functions who are responsible for leading member companies' human rights journeys. We convene multiple times a year, in-person and remotely, and regularly engage with other business, governments and civil society so that members and the GBI team can add value to ongoing efforts to address governance gaps and build the case for business to respect human rights.

Our work to inform good practice, inspire corporate commitment and build capability to advance the human rights agenda in a business context is in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and other relevant international standards.

How we advance respect for human rights

We seek to advance respect for human rights in members’ operations and value chains primarily through peer learning within the membership.

In an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality we:

  • Exchange insights on members’ current dilemmas and risks, and upcoming challenges for corporations
  • Review and propose ways to ensure ownership and leadership in complex organisations and value chains
  • Share company policies and processes, and tools, as well as benchmarking human rights due diligence and remediation policy and practice

We strengthen and scale corporate respect for human rights by sharing practice-based insights.

To achieve this we:

  • Exchange and collaborate on leading practice and learning with businesses in different parts of the world
  • Work with industry associations and business organisations to inform policy developments
  • Contribute business practitioner voices, insights and perspectives to key civil society, government and multi-lateral projects and initiatives