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Business and Human Rights: Managing Risks, Pushing Innovation

Join us to explore the key issues of implementation and governance in business and human rights, focusing on risk-management and innovation.

You'll work on your live business challenge during the programme to apply the theories, tools and techniques covered.

The Benefits

As a participant, you will:

  • Enhance your understanding of human rights opportunities and risks
  • Gain insights into current and future challenges that could impact your organisation
  • Learn about new trends and legislation
  • Share knowledge and insight with a range of experienced professionals
  • Put your experience into a broader context and benchmark your performance against current best practices
  • Develop a toolkit of techniques for managing human rights challenges and risks in your own organisation

The course is led by Alliance Manchester Business School's Business and Human Rights Catalyst, one of the first human rights projects to be hosted within a business school. It aims, through world-leading research and policy recommendations, to have a real impact on the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in society, promoting inter-disciplinary discussions between academics, policy setters and businesses on the role of the private sector in relation to fundamental rights.




The Delegates

The programme is open to professionals from any sector, for example:

  • Corporate social responsibility and global development professionals
  • Professionals and industry group representatives with responsibility for human rights reporting and regulation
  • Managers looking to understand how human rights affects their business
  • Representatives from international governments and intergovernmental organisations working with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Private sector companies dealing with human rights and SDGs
  • External and internal legal counsel looking to gain an insider’s look into advocacy and regulatory trends
  • Individuals looking to understand the implications








The Programme

Optional intensive introduction

An optional refresher for those familiar with the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs); an introduction to the key concepts for those new to them.
This is followed by a welcome dinner for all participants.

Day one

  • Presentation of individual challenges
  • Trends in global value chains and implications for managing human rights risks
  • New technologies and their usefulness for managing human rights risks
  • Strategies for respecting human rights in difficult environments
  • Networking event

Day two

  • Strategies for respecting human rights in difficult environments
  • Business and human rights as a tool to address global challenges
  • Individual business and human rights challenges, group work and feedback
  • Innovations in how to effectively communicate human rights challenges





The Team

Alliance Manchester Business School has partnered with some of the world’s highly-regarded experts in business and human rights. By working closely with industry, the team can solve real problems, predict future trends and drive change in business and management.

Our highly experienced team ensures everything about your programme runs smoothly and your Alliance MBS experience is as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Ken McPhail
Prof Ken McPhail
AMBS Business and Human Rights Catalyst Director

Lara Bianchi
Dr Lara Bianchi
AMBS Business and Human Rights Catalyst Coordinator

Andrea Shemberg
Andrea Shemberg

AMBS Simon Industrial Fellow, Former Legal Advisor to the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie

Gerald Pachoud
Gerald Pachoud

Managing Partner of Pluto & Associates, Former Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General's Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie

Philip Jordan
Philip Jordan

Former Senior Vice-President Ethics, Total Group

Ron Popper
Ron Popper

Former Head of Corporate Responsibility for ABB, Co-Chair of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

Nicole Bigby
Nicole Bigby

Partner and General Counsel (International), Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Lene Wendland
Lene Wendland

Chief of the Economic and Social Issues Section, United Nations Human Rights

Ismail Erturk
Ismail Erturk

AMBS Director for Social Responsibility and Senior Lecturer

Matthew Alford
Dr Matthew Alford

AMBS Lecturer in International Business and Management

Jonatan Pinkse
Prof Jonatan Pinkse

AMBS Professor of Strategy

Dr Stefan Zagelmeyer
Dr Stefan Zagelmeyer
AMBS Reader in Comparative and International Business

Our Team - Maj Ahmed
Maj Ahmed

AMBS Programme Manager

Key features

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World-class teaching based on the latest research

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Delivered by leading practitioners and academics

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Interactive activities and case studies

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Individual challenge with personalised feedback from the teaching team