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Lighthouse-keepers: Business and Human Rights Cooperation Network

Project Promoter: Polski Instytut Praw Człowieka i Biznesu
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 115 039,20 EUR
Umbosmaur barna / Rzecznik Praw Dziecka (Iceland)
Alda – félag um sjálfbrni og lýri (Iceland)
Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Ukraine)
Duration time: 01.12.2021–30.06.2023

Within the project we would like to create and develop a network of cooperation between experts in the field of human rights and business as well as to strengthen the potential of the Central & Eastern Europe Business & Human Rights Association. The aim of the project is, among others, to disseminate knowledge about human rights in the context of business in the region of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia and to raise awareness in non-governmental organisations of the ethical standards of cooperation with business. The impulse for the preparation of the project was the diagnosis of current challenges and problems during the implementation of other projects of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, elaboration of analyses and carrying out research. These challenges include: insufficient knowledge of human rights in society, lack of advanced regional cooperation and systemic solutions, insufficient number of human rights specialists in business, outflow of experts from the third sector to business and difficult relations between business and NGOs. As part of the project, we will prepare educational materials in Polish and Ukrainian to publish on the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Resource Hub on Business & Human Rights website. We will conduct a study visit to Iceland and a workshop on ethical principles of cooperation between NGOs and business. We will carry out a Summer Academy, a series of thematic webinars, prepare a publication and hold a concluding conference. The direct beneficiaries of the project are students, novice professionals from Poland, Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. Indirect beneficiaries are entrepreneurs and people working for them, public authorities and the media. The project is implemented in partnership with Yaroslav the Wise National Law University in Kharkiv (Ukraine), the Alda Association and the Ombudsperson for Children in Iceland.