B+HR Academy

Supporting companies in understanding and addressing human rights impacts

Companies are faced with increasing pressure to know and show the impact that their operations – and those of their supply chains – have on society.

A growing number of leading economies are introducing normative provisions requiring companies to undertake human rights and environmental due diligence in order to operate within their markets. Pressure on companies does not come only from policy and normative instruments: consumers’ and investors’ expectations not to be associated with issues such as child labor or modern slavery are rising, as is the attention of the media on irresponsible business practices around the world.

Against this backdrop, businesses have a strong incentive to undertake human rights due diligence (HRDD). Those succeeding will not only respond to the pressing demand of society to do the right thing and prevent risks to people and planet; they will also do the wise thing from a business point of view, reducing their own reputational and legal risks while ensuring long-term competitiveness.

UNDP designed the B+HR Academy to support the growing interest by businesses to undertake human rights due diligence, contribute to more responsible global supply chains, and stay competitive in the global market. It is currently partnering with the Government of Japan to implement the B+HR Academy for Japanese companies, their affiliates, suppliers and partners in 18 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

What is the B+HR Academy?

A three-part guidance service for companies to better know the human rights impacts associated with their operations and to establish appropriate due diligence processes.

  1. Country context assessment studies: Confidential assessments of specific human rights impacts and human rights due diligence expectations that may be linked to the operation of companies and their affiliates within the specific context of each country.
  2. Human rights due diligence training: Training for companies to understand how to identify, mitigate and respond to human rights abuses throughout their supply chains.
  3. Individual guidance sessions: Closed-door, interactive sessions with national and international experts on how companies can manage their impacts on human rights in the countries in which they operate.

Why should companies join the B+HR Academy?


  • To learn from leading international and local experts and guest speakers about business and human rights, including on existing and upcoming human rights due diligence legislation and policies
  • To get access to the latest analysis of the most salient human rights impacts in 17 countries
  • To receive free of change, confidential, expert guidance on how to conduct human rights due diligence
  • To enhance their ability to remain competitive in the global market while pursing wellbeing of society
  • To cultivate a network of like-minded business professionals

Download the B+HR Academy information sheet

Who should apply?

The B+HR Academy is designed for companies with an interest in with an interest in better understanding the potential human rights impacts of their operations and how to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for these impacts to ensure alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as well as emerging policies.

More specifically, our trainings target business professionals who work in the following areas of practice: 

  • Senior management/Board of Directors
  • CSR/Sustainability/ESG 
  • Supply chain management 
  • Procurement
  • Human resources 
  • Legal and compliance 
  • Risk management 


The B+HR Academy is currently being implemented for Japanese businesses and companies operating in their supply chains in 17 focus countries.

Focus countries include: Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Viet Nam.

Countries under the Japan-funded B+HR project

The B+HR Academy is currently operational in Japan and 17 countries: Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Viet Nam.

Course details



The B+HR Academy will take place in English, a local language, and potentially Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation) 


B+HR Academy trainings are conducted by leading local, international, and UN experts on business and human rights specializing in human rights due diligence.

In many countries, trainings also feature guest speakers from companies with good practices on business and human rights, as well as civil society actors with constructive engagement with the private sector.  


B+HR Academy training is primarily conducted in-person over two full days. Online and blended-learning courses are also available depending on country context.

The course uses participatory and active engagement approaches, combining short lectures with discussion and case study exercises adapted to fit the context of the national business environment.

The training curriculum is informed by the above-mentioned country context assessments on responsible business practices in Japanese supply chains. It is guided by the UNDP Human Rights Due Diligence Training Facilitation Guide.

How to join

Application processes and deadlines vary by country. For more information on the B+HR Academy, contact an in-country B+HR Specialist, and sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest news and opportunities from the B+HR project.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Ha Phung (phung.thi.thu.ha@undp.org), Akiko Sato (akiko.sato@undp.org) and the relevant B+HR Specialist in your country.


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