June 2021 marked the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The UNGPs offer a universal template for preventing business-related human rights abuses and addressing them when they occur.

But what exactly are the UNGPs and what expectations do they set for the global business community? On the verge of a new decade of implementation, let’s revisit their role in protecting human rights.

The UNGPs are the result of extensive consultation with stakeholders in the business and human rights field carried out by former UN Special Representative, John Ruggie. …


“I have personally experienced and watched women like me and girls suffer social, economic, and political exclusion. My passion has been to engage at levels and initiatives that transform how these systems work.” — Dr Jennifer Riria

Dr Jennifer Riria is CEO of Echo Network Africa (previously Kenya Women Holding) and has led Kenya Women Microfinance Bank (KWFT) for over two decades. KWFT is Kenya’s largest micro-finance provider and grants loans to marginalised women and their families, working together with leading civil rights organisations.

Through her crucial work, Dr Riria brings economic empowerment to low-income women and is contributing to…


“Being a Business for Peace Honouree was one of the most meaningful acknowledgments I’ve ever received. To me it signified that one can pursue being a successful business owner and also a humanitarian. The two can go hand in hand and should.” — Lori Blaker

Lori Blaker is the President and CEO of TTi Global and a champion of inclusion and gender equality. In 2016 she opened a retail Automotive Service Center and Training Center in Kabul, creating much-needed job opportunities in a challenging environment. Blaker developed a special training program for local women to learn management skills in an…


What creates peace, how do we measure it and why do we need it? Find out in the debut book “Peace in the Age of Chaos” by businessman, philanthropist, and friend of Business for Peace, Steve Killelea.

The major challenges facing humanity are global in nature — climate change, pandemics, ever decreasing biodiversity, lack of usable fresh water and food security to name a few. Without a world that is basically peaceful, we will never get the levels of trust, cooperation and inclusiveness needed to solve these issues — yet, what creates peace is poorly understood.

In his groundbreaking new…


Written by Brady Flynn, Intern at Business for Peace Foundation

The calendar shifts to June and social media is instantly flooded with colours of the rainbow as many companies begin to show their support for LGBTQ+ Pride month. Companies across all sectors do a vibrant new aesthetic for 30 days, often paired with a public statement in support of LGBTQ+ inclusion.

These public statements are to be applauded, as such widespread corporate support of LGBTQ+ issues is something that has only emerged in the last decade. …


Our 2021 Spotlight Series on Decent Work took place 26–28 May.

This week, we examined our shared objective to rebuild better systems of work, looked at ways to improve visibility for marginalised groups and explored how to turn challenges into opportunities with the SDGs as a roadmap.

Even before the pandemic, the world was not on track to achieve SDG 8 and the 2030 Agenda.

Obstacles, such as increased poverty and inequality, and a lack of trust in governments and institutions, have all magnified the impact of the pandemic and have stalled many efforts in ensuring decent work and economic growth.

By shining a light on these issues, we call on…


The Spotlight Series brings together skilled, talented and determined actors from all industries to inspire and activate change.” — Mohamed Abdullahi

Mohamed Abdullahi is speaking on The Hidden Workforce panel, 27 May from 13:00–14:00 CEST.

This panel is part of our online Spotlight Series focused on UN SDG #8: Decent Work and Economic Opportunity.

Visit our Spotlight Series website to view the full programme.

About The Speaker

Mohamed Abdullahi is a former refugee from Dadaab, Kenya. He and his family fled Mogadishu to Dadaab when he was fifteen years old.

In Dadaab, he had the opportunity to get excellent education and many other…


Decent work and economic growth for everyone is one step in the right direction to social justice for all” — Rahwa Tilahun Yohaness

Rahwa Yohanness will be moderating Role of Governments and Businesses in Building Back Better, 27 May from 15:00–16:00 CEST.

This interview is part of our online Spotlight Series focused on UN SDG #8: Decent Work and Economic Opportunity.

Visit our Spotlight Series website to view the full programme.

About The Speaker

Rahwa T Yohaness is a public speaker, activist, social critic, and the founder and director of Manifold, an organisation promoting diversity and positive changes in society, focusing on empowering…


“Decent work makes sense, not just financially but for societies to thrive. ” — Kjersti Løken Stavrum

Kjersti Løken Stavrum is speaking on Stakeholder Capitalism in the Post-Pandemic World: Joseph Stiglitz, 26 May from 15:00–16:00 CEST.

This interview is part of our online Spotlight Series focused on UN SDG #8: Decent Work and Economic Opportunity.

Visit our Spotlight Series website to view the full programme and register for events.

About The Speaker

Kjersti Løken Stavrum is CEO of the Tinius Trust, the controlling owner of Schibsted ASA. She is president of Norwegian PEN and head of the Norwegian government’s Freedom of Expression Commission.


“Decent work brings meaning and dignity to our lives. Exploiting people to make a profit and benefitting financially from the suffering of others must end. We must all play a role in protecting human rights.” — Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds is moderating Rethinking Systems of Decent Work panel, 26 May from 10:45–12:00 CET.

This panel is part of our online Spotlight Series focused on UN SDG #8: Decent Work and Economic Opportunity.

Visit our Spotlight Series website to view the full programme and register for events.

About The Speaker

Fiona Reynolds is CEO of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). PRI is a UN…

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