Global Business and Human Rights

Explore how companies can understand, address and manage their human rights impacts.

Discover links of business activities, global supply chains and human rights from different perspectives.

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Starts: May 2, 2021

Ends: Jun 12, 2021

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  • Length: 6 Weeks
  • Effort: 6–8 hours per week
  • Price: FREE
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  • Institution: ZHAWx
  • Subject: Business & Management
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Course Type: Instructor-led on a course schedule


There are no formal prerequisites for this course. Familiarity with basic concepts of business administration and management is an asset.

About this course

Globalization includes the promise of economic development and wellbeing for all. However, from the early days of international trade until today this scarcely came without unfavorable, sometimes dreadful consequences for humans, be it slavery in colonial crop plantations, health and safety risks for coal miners throughout industrialization or, more recently, discrimination of factory workers in sweatshops.

With an ever more complex framework of human rights establishing around the world and stakeholder expectations towards business conduct, managers of modern companies need to find ways for their organizations how these comply with laws and regulations on the international arena and to manifest as responsible corporations.

This course delivers a fundamental understanding of the connections between business conduct and human rights in a globalized world for an audience, who are generally interested in globalization and human rights and for individuals who are working at such interfaces in companies, civil society, intergovernmental or government organizations.

In this course we illustrate the various connections and impacts between globalization, company activities and human rights from an ethical, historical, cultural and legal perspective. It gives an overview of important institutions and their role in the discussion about human rights, and on relevant concepts, approaches and tools that companies use to address and manage human rights.

What you’ll learn

  • Understand, how business activities of companies in different industry sectors are linked to human rights issues in a globalized world
  • Reflect, which perspectives are relevant to understand the links between global business and human rights issues
  • Know, which organizations worldwide engage in addressing human rights issues in their connection to companies and business activities
  • Analyze, which concepts, approaches and tools business companies in different industry sectors may use to manage their impact on human rights issuesCollapse what you’ll learn

Meet your instructors

ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Jörg SchmidtDr. Senior Research AssociateCenter for Corporate Responsibility, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Ina-Maria WalthertDr. Research AssociateCenter for Corporate Responsibility, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Michael ErdinResearch AssistantCenter for Corporate Responsibility, ZHAW School of Management and Law

African Diaspora

This (Wikipedia) article is about emigration from Africa in historic times. For prehistoric human migration, see recent African origin of modern humans. For recent migration, see emigration from Africa.

The African diaspora consists of the worldwide collection of communities descended from native Africans or people from Africa, predominantly in the Americas. The diaspora has continued for millennia, but historically, ethnographers, historians, politicians and writers have used the term particularly to refer to the descendants of the West and Central Africans who were enslaved and shipped to the Americas via the Atlantic slave trade between the 16th and 19th centuries, with their largest populations in Brazil, the United States and Haiti. Some scholars identify “four circulatory phases” of this migration out of Africa. The phrase African diaspora gradually entered common usage at the turn of the 21st century. The term diaspora originates from the Greek διασπορά (diaspora, literally “scattering”) which gained popularity in English in reference to the Jewish diaspora before being more broadly applied to other populations.

Total population
c. 140 million[1][2][3][4][5]
Regions with significant populations
 Brazil85,000,000, including mixed people[6][7][8]
 United States46,350,467, including mixed people[9]
 Colombia4,944,400, including mixed people[11][12][13]
 FranceApproximately 3.3–5.5 million, including North Africans[14]
 Saudi Arabia3,370,000[16]
 United Kingdom1,904,684 [18]
 Spain1,191,378, 79% being North African[21]
 Italy1,159,290, 59% being North African [22]
 Dominican Republic1,138,471[23][24]
 Trinidad and Tobago452,536[28]
 Puerto Rico395,444[29] (est. 2020)
Lingua franca: 
English (American and Caribbean), 
French (Canadian and Haitian), Haitian CreoleSpanishPortuguese
Papiamento and Dutch
Traditional African religions
Afro-American religions

Less commonly, the term has been used in scholarship to refer to more recent emigration from sub-Saharan Africa. The African Union (AU) defines the African diaspora as consisting: “of people of native African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union”. Its constitutive act declares that it shall “invite and encourage the full participation of the African diaspora as an important part of our continent, in the building of the African Union”.

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