The Institute for Multi-Stakeholder Initiative Integrity (MSI Integrity) was incubated at the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School from 2010-2012. We established MSI Integrity after several NGOs and government officials — concerned with understanding whether MSIs were working — expressed the need for an independent organization to focus on measuring the effectiveness of MSIs.

MSI Integrity was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in late 2012 and launched publicly in 2013. We then held a global consultation in 2013 to seek feedback on our mission, objectives, and methodology. Since then, we have worked to build a small, globally recognized NGO that fosters a culture of critical reflection on whether MSIs are effective at protecting and promoting human rights. Rather than conduct this work ourselves, our strategic approach is to partner with organizations from both the global south and global north in order to encourage further critical interrogation into MSIs and build capacity and knowledge about evaluating MSIs.