Funding | Institute for Human Rights and Business


IHRB is registered as a charity in the UK ((with legal registration also in Denmark and the USA) and relies on donations from a range of sources to implement its work. It is also a parent company of the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) in Yangon, and is the founder of several other organisations focused on different elements of corporate responsiblity - find out more about IHRB's affiliates here.

IHRB accepts funding from governments, civil society (private foundations and individual donors), and business - IHRB's three core constituencies.  Donations are always objectively procured to ensure IHRB’s independence and impartiality. IHRB undertakes advisory work with governments and inter-governmental bodies on a contractual basis. IHRB does not provide specific paid-for services or consulting to any business other than for human rights training. It does not undertake commissioned research on behalf of individual companies. Business donations to IHRB go into core funding with no conditions attached or into support for IHRB's leadership platforms.

Historically IHRB has followed an internal due diligence process for all donors, and during 2021, IHRB will be developing a more robust process including human rights, labour rights, and climate-related criteria which may be applied from 2022 onwards. 

IHRB’s total operating budget for 2019 was £2.6 million with a balance of approximately 49% of contributions coming from governments, 15% from foundations and 36% from business.

Funding Enquiries

All funding enquiries and expressions of interest in supporting IHRB’s activities should be sent directly to: [email protected]

Support IHRB

Government donations and grants

Current Collaborations:

  • Denmark 
  • Ireland 
  • Norway 
  • Switzerland 
  • The Netherlands 
  • United Kingdom

Foundations, agencies, trusts and NGOs

  • Anglo-American Foundation
  • Humanity United 
  • International Labour Organization
  • Open Society Foundations 
  • Rafto Foundation 
  • The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Secretariat


Funding from businesses is only accepted as core funding with no conditions attached. IHRB does not provide specific paid-for services or consulting to any business other than for human rights training. Current business donors:

  • Baker McKenzie
  • BP
  • Chevron
  • ENI
  • General Electric 
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise 
  • HP Inc 
  • Inter IKEA Group 
  • Marks & Spencer 
  • Mars 
  • Microsoft
  • Newmont Mining Corporation 
  • Nestlé
  • Nike
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Reckitt Benckiser 
  • Tesco
  • The Coca Cola Company 
  • The Maersk Group 
  • Syngenta
  • Target 
  • Unilever 
  • Vinci 
  • Walmart