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About the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business

Photo: UN Photo/Kibae Park.
Photo: UN Photo/Kibae Park.

The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business is an initiative to encourage responsible business activities throughout Myanmar. The Centre is a joint initiative of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR).

Based in Yangon, and headed by Vicky Bowman,  it aims to provide a trusted, impartial forum for dialogue, seminars, and briefings to relevant parties as well as access to international expertise and tools.

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which were unanimously endorsed in June 2011 by the UN Human Rights Council, are key to the Centre’s mission and activities. The Centre facilitates dialogue and processes aimed at building national and local capacity and partnerships on business and human rights related issues.  MCRB has also undertaken research and published sector-wide impact assessments on the oil and gastourism, and information and communications technologies (ICT) sectors.  A SWIA on mining will be finalised soon.

Responsible business means business activities that work for the long-term interests of Myanmar and all its people. It means business activities that comply with the law and international human rights and labour standards and includes responsible social and environmental performance within the context of international standards.

Responsible business also requires enhanced due diligence to determine what impacts business activities may have on human rights. This is critical in countries such as Myanmar with a population of at least one-third ethnic minorities, conflict among ethnic groups, and which is emerging from decades of authoritarian rule and a long period of economic sanctions.

Currently funded by a consortium of international donors, led by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the long-term goal for the new Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business is to become an independent and self-sustaining entity that will provide a crucial platform for businesses, civil society, academics, and governments – local and international – to meet and exchange ideas and build capacities regarding responsible investment and responsible business practices in Myanmar.

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