Business and Human Rights

As globalisation has accelerated around the world, it has become increasingly clear that companies - whether local or multinational, publicly or privately operated - have major impacts on human rights, both positive and negative.

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is dedicated to addressing these impacts. Through research, tools and partnerships with key stakeholders, DIHR aims to contribute to building a global environment in which adverse business impacts are minimised, and opportunities for business’ potential for positive contribution to human rights are realised.



  • Dr. Margeret Jungk of the DIHR is a part of a Working Group implementing and disseminating the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights.
  • The Country Guide provides country-specific guidance to help companies respect human rights and raise awareness of human rights issues.
  • DIHR is working with Shell to implement respect for human rights across four areas: community impacts, employee relations, procurement and security.