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Human Rights in Development Cooperation and Business

Human Rights in Development Cooperation and Business

For many years, the LBI of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR) has worked successfully in the area of Human Rights in Development Cooperation and Business, both conceptually and in practice. In both fields human rights need to be “translated” to be understood and operationalised. This approach is often called the “added value” of human rights, or, if taken in more depth, a “Human Rights-based Approach”. As these areas are very distinct and specific, a human rights-based approach must be contextualised to meet the objectives and interests of the various actors in these areas.

Both fields have experienced dynamic developments in recent years. For example, companies have been identified as potential new “duty-bearers” of human rights, meaning that they have the responsibility to respect and fulfil human rights in their sphere of influence, complementary to states which are the primary duty-bearers. In development cooperation, a growing number of actors follow a human rights-based approach to development as an effective and universally legitimised means to reach the overall aim of poverty reduction.

BIM offers advice and support on the practical application of a human rights-based approach to development cooperation and business.

Our activities at one glance:

  • Consultancies
  • Research and publications
  • Lectures and workshops
  • Implementation of projects
  • Monitoring
  • Audits

More details on these activities can be found in the specific thematic areas.

European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) published its conclusions 2021

ESCR veröffentlicht Schlussfolgerungen 2021

On Wednesday 23 March 2022, the European Committee of Social Rights (ESCR), chaired by Karin Lukas, Programme Line Manager at the LBI-GMR and President of the ESCR, published its 2021 Conclusions. Based on reports submitted by States Parties and civil society organisations, the Committee examined the situation in 33 Council of Europe member states for conformity with articles of the European Social Charter (ESC) relating to the thematic group "Health, Social Security and Social Protection".

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Location: 
Europarat, Straßburg, Frankfreich

World Day of Social Justice 2022

World Day of Social Justice

By decision of the United Nations, every year on February 20 the importance of human rights and social security is highlighted, and the fight against poverty, exclusion, gender inequality and unemployment is called for. All these issues have gained additional relevance as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Location: 
Weltweit

Round table "European Social Charter – 60th anniversary and 25 years of Russian membership of the Council of Europe"

On September 29th Karin Lukas, President of the European Committee of Social Rights (Council of Europe) and senior researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, will be speaking at the round table on the “European Social Charter – 60th anniversary and 25 years of Russian membership of the Council of Europe” in Moscow.

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Location: 
Moscow, Russian Federation