Rethinking Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives Blog Series

by Tyler Giannini and Amelia Evans Ten years ago, our clinic was asked to figure out a way to evaluate whether multi-stakeholder initiatives—or MSIs for short—were helping to advance human rights or whether in fact they were doing precisely the opposite. MSIs are voluntary governance efforts that bring together corporations, civil society, academics, and in some cases governments and rights

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BHRRC: MSI Integrity report finds corporate oversight initiatives fail to detect & remedy abuses; calls for more effective regulation of corporations

“The Institute for Multi-Stakeholder Initiative Integrity (MSI Integrity) […] released a report concluding that global efforts by some of the world’s largest multinational corporations, governments, and civil society organizations have failed in their goal of protecting against human rights abuses by corporations,” writes the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. See the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s full write-up

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The Guardian: Ethical labels not fit for purpose, report warns consumers

“The study of 40 global voluntary initiatives, including emblematic on-pack labelling schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Fairtrade International, identifies multiple failures in what it refers to as a ‘grand experiment’ in corporate accountability,” writes Oliver Balch in The Guardian. Read The Guardian‘s full coverage of MSI Integrity’s new report, Not Fit-For-Purpose, here.

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JULY 30 EVENT: Beyond Business-As-Usual: Lessons from Workers, Communities and the Failed Experiment of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives

For the past three decades, the corporate accountability and business and human rights communities have been in a process of experimentation, searching for interventions that protect people and the environment from corporate abuse. From treaties and due diligence, to naming-and-shaming and direct engagement, the efforts underway span far and wide. MSI Integrity’s recent report examines one such experiment—international standard-setting multi-stakeholder

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PRESS RELEASE: A DECADE OF RESEARCH FINDS SYSTEMIC FAILURES IN LEADING GLOBAL CORPORATE HUMAN RIGHTS INITIATIVES

Report by MSI Integrity finds prominent corporate oversight initiatives fail to effectively detect and remedy abuses; calls for more regulation of corporations. Berkeley, California, July 16, 2020 — The Institute for Multi-Stakeholder Initiative Integrity (MSI Integrity), a nonprofit incubated at Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, today released a report concluding that global efforts by some of the world’s

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Solidarity with the Protests Against Racial Injustice

We must hold corporations accountable for their roles in structural racism and racial violence. MSI Integrity condemns the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee, Manuel Ellis, Sean Monterrosa, and the ongoing police militarism, white racial violence, and structural racism in the United States. We stand in solidarity with protestors taking to the streets

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