The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) is focused on the goal of all leading corporations, in all parts of the world, respecting the dignity and rights of the individuals and communities that they impact and interact with. GBI advances human rights in a business context around the world through cross-industry peer learning, strengthening business capacity in diverse markets and engaging with thought leaders and policy makers.
Peer Learning creates a safe space for the companies to share practices, challenges and innovations with peers focused on respecting human rights in practice and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. Global Business Outreach focuses on awareness-raising and capacity building for business in diverse regions of the world, particularly in emerging and developing markets. Finally, through regular engagement with international organisations (particularly the United Nations) GBI seeks to support constructive business inputs into the international policy agenda.
GBI is led by a core group of 18 major corporations headquartered in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, and with operations around the world. The GBI members and work plan are supported by a dedicated Secretariat and several expert advisors, between them offering decades of experience and expertise in the field of business and human rights. GBI works in collaboration with the UN Global Compact Office.