Black Lives and Business in the United Kingdom | Institute for Human Rights and Business

Black Lives and Business in the United Kingdom

Video, 03 July 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement has prompted global reflection on the systemic nature of racial injustice at every level of society, including the UK. More and more seem to recognise an opportunity and responsibility to begin the work of reimagining how our schools, universities, workplaces, communities, and nations can be places where all are respected for who they are. 

In the first of a new series on Black Lives and Business, IHRB and partners reflect on the issue of young black men and women seeking to enter and progress within employment, enterprise, creative industries and the ownership structures that determine how our economies work.


  • Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey
  • Sam Gyimah, former UK Government Minister of State for Universities, Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • Salil Tripathi, IHRB's Senior Advisor on Global Issues


This is the first in our discussion series on Black Lives and Business. The second looks at  systemic inequities in companies, economies, and communities in the United States, how US companies have impacts abroad, and the lessons the US experience can offer globally. Member of the UN Group of Experts on People of African Descent Dominique Day, Professor Ella L J Bell Smith, Chair of the Global Business Iniative on Human Rights (GBI) Andrea Shemberg, and IHRB's Salil Tripathi discuss whether companies can be truly meritocratic, how far their responsibilities go, and what lessons can be learned from around the world.

Latest IHRB Publications

Lessons from CIIR for the Business and Human Rights Movement

IHRB’s 10th anniversary report rightly notes the business and human rights (BHR) movement’s history predates its visibility over the last couple of decades, with multiple actors nurturing its evolution.

My recent work writing A Record of Change in...

The UN at 75 - Innovation, renewal and business has a critical role to play

The commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) during 2020 has come at a time of great challenge. In addition to sending health and socio-economic shock waves across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has also worsened a number...

Sorry… I Dozed Off Reading Your Modern Slavery Statement

International Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October is a good chance to reflect on that most totemic part of the UK’s, and now Australias, modern slavery legislation – the corporate modern slavery statement.

It is nearly 5 years now since the...

15 November 2020

11 November 2020

10 November 2020