China Responsible Business Forum
The China Responsible Business Forum (CRBF) aims to build business knowledge, capacity and leadership in relation to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the Chinese context. 2014 saw the pilot year of the CRBF which engaged Chinese and multinational companies in three workshops in Stockholm, Beijing and Shanghai.
CRBF is structured as a cooperation project between The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI), The Global Compact Network China (GCNC), The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), Peking University (International Law Institute and Guanghua School of Management), and Tracktwo. The CRBF pilot year received support from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
There is strong potential for on-going collaboration between Chinese and other international companies on the issue of business and human rights, in particular when related to material issues such as social license, stakeholder engagement, labour rights, local content and grievance mechanisms. The CRBF and project partners are planning further opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange and in-depth training on business and human rights in 2015 and beyond.