NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

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The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights is an academic research and advocacy organization at the New York University Stern School of Business founded in March 2013. It is the first center to focus on human rights as an integral part of a business school.[1]

The Center was co-founded and currently is co-directed by Michael Posner, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and Sarah Labowitz, former State Department Policy Adviser for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and the Secretary’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues.[2][3]


The mission of the center is “to challenge and empower companies and future business leaders to make practical progress on human rights.”[4]

The Center conducts academic research and offers courses covering business and human rights topics to undergraduate and MBA students.[5] It also conducts policy advocacy aimed at changing business practices to be more respectful of human rights.[6]


The Center conducts research across business sectors to examine how business practices influence human rights outcomes. The Center’s first major report “Business as Usual is Not an Option” was released in April 2014.[7][8] The report centered on the garment industry in Bangladesh and was launched on the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse.[9]


The Center seeks to increase respect for human rights in different sectors by participating in public debates[10] and convening meetings and events.[11][12]

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  1. ^ Elizabeth Rowe (2013-07-26). "NYU's Michael Posner: Bringing Human Rights to B-School - Bloomberg Business". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  2. ^ "State Department human rights official to NYU | Foreign Policy". Thecable.foreignpolicy.com. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  3. ^ "The Impetus for the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  4. ^ "The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights Joins GNI". Global Network Initiative. 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  5. ^ "Stern Center Brings Human Rights into Business Education - Poets & Quants for Undergrads Poets & Quants for Undergrads". Poetsandquantsforundergrads.com. 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  6. ^ Bradshaw, Della (2013-07-14). "Stern centre aims to show there is good business in human rights". FT.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  7. ^ "Report: A Year After Bangladesh Disaster, Retailers Fail To Address Biggest Factory Risks". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  8. ^ Sarah Butler. "Bangladesh garment workers still vulnerable a year after Rana Plaza | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  9. ^ "Disney and Other Big Brands Need to Address the Real Challenges to Outsourcing". NYTimes.com. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  10. ^ Post a Job In print and online today (2014-11-17). "Universities Can Put Their Economic Clout to Good Use - The Chronicle of Higher Education". Chronicle.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  11. ^ "Doing Business in Bangladesh". The New York Times. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Events —". Christinebader.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18.

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