BHR Compendium

Compendium on Business and Human rights

The compendium is a teaching aid for lecturers at university level. It is a ‘cases and materials’ type of book and responds to a scarcity of preparation time and educational materials in business and human rights (BHR), especially in the Global South.

The first version of the compendium was published for Cambodia in 2022. Available in print (the Cambodia compendium is not on RWI website – only this info is available but refers to Compendium in China)

The compendium offers wide choice for teachers: through 30 chapters and 1000 pages, teachers can select and combine materials for a lecture or entire courses.

It offers very diverse materials in BHR and covers 4 types of sources: law and policy, businesses practice, NGOs materials, and academic writings.

The compendium enables multidisciplinary: it is designed to be relevant to several academic disciplines. The expected users are teachers from five disciplines: law, business administration, political science, sociology, and media & communications.

The compendium is developed by RWI in collaboration with academics from the Global South: it contains both international materials as well as domestic sources in order to ensure maximum relevance and various entry points

The compendium is scalable and adaptable: initially developed in China and Cambodia, other versions will be developed in Zimbabwe and other countries in the Global South.

The compendium is part of a package of teaching aids: it should be complemented with a BHR textbook, an e-platform, and a training school for teachers.

The value of the compendium is both in process and final product: the process requires authorship and collaboration of local teachers and offers a distinct opportunity for capacity-strengthening of such authors, especially those new to the BHR are

The compendium offers an opportunity to raise human rights knowledge outside law faculties and legal education, and promote awareness of international human rights in difficult country contexts.