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Business Network

Businesses are increasingly faced with threats to the rule of law, both domestically and overseas. In this uncertain climate, business understanding of, and action to support, the rule of law has never been more urgent.

The Business Network is comprised of leading companies who are committed to advancing the rule of law globally. Launched by the Bingham Centre in 2017, it is founded on the understanding that the business community has a great interest in, and the ability to contribute to, stronger rule of law.

The Business Network provides a forum for members to discuss rule of law priorities and challenges in the countries in which they operate. Members are invited to attend meetings, roundtables and events, and participate in research and capacity building initiatives. The Network informs the Bingham Centre's Business and Rule of Law programme , which provides timely research, training and events on rule of law issues that are of practical concern for business.

The Network is chaired by Graham Vinter, former General Counsel of BG Group plc. The founding members include:

  • Big Yellow Group
  • BP
  • BT Group
  • Diageo
  • HSBC
  • Nestlé
  • Rio Tinto
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Shell International
  • Unilever

Current projects

The first project supported by the Business Network launched in May 2018, entitled "When national law conflicts with international human rights standards: Recommendations for Business". The full report is available here.

In commenting on the report, Mark Gregory, General Counsel at Rolls-Royce said: "Companies crave legal certainty when making business decisions. This report identifies the ambiguity surrounding the topic and helps frame a path forward out of these difficult situations."

The Business Network is also supporting Rule of Law Capacity Building for in-house lawyers and senior managers. More information on the Business Network is available here.

Joining the Business Network

The Business Network is open to companies of any size and from any part of the world, providing they have a demonstrable commitment to advancing the rule of law globally. Members pay an annual membership and are invited to participate in and support BIICL projects.

If you are interested in finding out how your company can get involved please contact: