In accordance with our mission, MSI Integrity is committed to facilitating research that improves understanding regarding the value and impact of voluntary initiatives that business and human rights. An initial step in understanding the impact and value of multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) is improving awareness regarding how many initiatives related to business and human rights exist, and what issues and industries they address.
MSI Integrity has initiated a research project to identify and map existing standard-setting MSIs, and make this information available in an open and accessible online database. This project is in its initial stage, and will be the first public mapping of MSIs operating in the fields of business and human rights and environmental sustainability. MSI Integrity will continue our commitment to transparency and accessibility by posting comprehensive identifying characteristics of existing MSIs openly on the project website.
This mapping project is being conducted with pro bono support from the law firm Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C. and in collaboration with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. During 2015 and 2016, students in the Business and Human Rights Advocacy Lab class at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics identified and researched standard-setting MSIs, focusing on institutional design characteristics. The Center is continuing to work with MSI Integrity and Miller & Chevalier to review and analyze the results of the research.