Human Rights & Business


The existing unbalance between social-economic systems is one of the current obstacle to an effective enforcement of human rights worldwide. Businesses – and more in particular multinational enterprises – play an economic and contractual role in this field, able to affect the protection of human rights.


The human rights implementation process is thus strictly linked to a possible engagement of companies. On one side, the endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in 2011 has signed an important step towards the emergence of corporate responsibility for alleged human rights violations. On the other side, the increasing number of cases involving companies at global scale confirm the tendency of public opinion and judiciary to hold companies directly or indirectly responsible for human rights abuses.


With the aim to prevent, reduce and address the risk connected with human rights violations, enterprises are requested to apply the so-called Human Rights Due Diligence process, as provided by the 2nd pillar of the UNGPs.


Against this background, and according to the objectives listed in our Statute, HRIC promotes many activities, such as:


  • Raising the awareness on the content and implementation of the UNGPs;

  • Organizing conferences, workshops and seminars open to experts and non-experts;

  • Carrying on advocacy activities towards governmental institutions;

  • Consulting and supporting the enterprises in conducting and applying non-financial reporting (NFR) and Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD);

  • Guaranteeing to victims of corporate-related human rights violations their access to remedy (judicial and non-judicial mechanisms)


If you need any additional information on our activities in this field, please contact:

Marta Bordignon:

Giacomo Maria Cremonesi:

Beatrice Pesce:

Martina Rogato: