How Companies Can Support Fundamental Freedoms — And Those Who Defend Them


The rule of law and freedom of expression, association and assembly are essential to the realization of all human rights, good governance and accountable institutions. These elements are also critical to stable, profitable and sustainable business environments in which companies thrive and economies prosper. This e-learning tool will help you understand why companies should act to support journalists, other members of the media, and human rights and environmental defenders to do their job — and how this can be done.

By completing this session and related learning materials, you will learn to:

  • Understand the role that companies can play in advancing Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions

  • Build your company’s business case for supporting civil society organizations and human rights defenders

  • Understand the risks of inaction and action to defend the civic space and human rights defenders

  • Utilize an analytical and operational framework to inform company engagement and action