About us

​The Northern Ireland Business and Human Rights Forum was established in 2015.

It is a multi-stakeholder platform which allows Government, business, and civil society to engage on business and human rights.

Our work is directed by its members with reference to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

It is an open forum to discuss human rights issues in relation to business in Northern Ireland and share good practice.

Forum meetings are held quarterly and hosted by members of the forum.

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission provides the forum’s Secretariat and will chair the forum for its first year.

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Video by EHRC.

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Policy Statement

The Northern Ireland Business and Human Rights Forum has produced a human rights policy statement which reflects the values of the forum. It is open for all to sign-up to, but this is not a pre-requisite of joining the forum or attending forum meetings.

Our meeting of the Business and Human Rights Forum in March, kindly hosted by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.

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Our Work

We submitted evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ Human Rights and Business Inquiry in July 2016.

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission further submitted a detailed policy response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ Human Rights and Business Inquiry in July 2016.

Our Chief Commissioner, Les Allamby, who is the current Chair of the Forum, recently submitted an oral statement to the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on business and human rights. You can watch the joint statement written by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission here or read it here.

We have produced a Guide for Businesses in Northern Ireland on Business and Human Rights.

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How to join us!

The forum is always open to new members. Forum meetings are held quarterly.

The next forum meeting will take place on 11th September 2017 at A & L Goodbody, Belfast.

The topic of the meeting will be announced shortly. Please get in touch if you are interested in attending.

The dates and locations of meetings are updated in our News section.

For further information contact zara.porter@nihrc.org

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Useful resources

MODERN SLAVERY RESOURCE DOCUMENT

Following our October meeting, we put together this document which contains links to resources on Modern Slavery. Clicking on each link will automatically redirect you to that website or document.