A note from the team leaders for Economic Globalisation and Human Rights

Radu Mares

Associate Professor, Team Leader of Economic Globalisation and Human Rights

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Malin Oud

Head of Stockholm office, Team Leader of Economic Globalisation and Human Rights

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We work towards a fair and socially sustainable global economy where human rights are a key building block for development, business and environmental governance.

Economic globalisation has to be a fair globalisation. It should not shortcut but rather enable the realisation of human rights.

Our overall goal is to support public and private economic decision-makers — business leaders, government authorities and international organisations — to do business with respect for human rights. Through academic education and research we also work to increase knowledge and understanding about the regulation and human rights impacts of economic globalization.

Another important component of our work here aims to contribute to the development of integrated analysis and collective action that link human rights and gender equality with environmental sustainability.

For more than a decade, the Institute has worked to promote human rights in the context of the global economy. We have done this through research, issuing guidelines and publications, offering academic education, and providing capacity-building with academic institutions and NHRIs in China, Cambodia, and South East Asia.

Human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals

The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity” and reaffirms the responsibilities of all States to respect, protect and promote human rights. As the Sustainable Development Goals processes get underway, many countries are developing indicators to measure result achievement. RWI seeks to include human rights indicators into national frameworks in order to ensure that human rights and gender equality are promoted as a key building block for development.

Business and human rights

The liberalisation of trade and investment has resulted in a deeply integrated global economy. A large proportion of the people targeted by the Sustainable Development Goals are affected by global value chains. Some transnational companies today have bigger turnovers than some countries’ GDP. In this context, norms have evolved and expectations on companies have grown. As a human rights law institute, RWI seeks to contribute to the development of regulatory and governance solutions that support responsible business conduct and enable economic decision-makers to assess and address the human rights impacts of their decisions.

Human rights and environmental sustainability

Environmental harm interferes with the rights to life, health, food, water, housing and livelihoods. Freedom of expression, freedom of association and human rights principles such as non-discrimination, participation, rule of law and accountability are important measures to improve environmental sustainability. In partnership with leading environmental organisations, RWI brings together global, regional and national stakeholders to explore these linkages and how to apply human rights approaches to environmental governance.

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