About Us

Business & Human Rights Institute or BHR Institute is a Jakarta-based think-tank institution that focuses to support stakeholders to develop a business and human rights policy framework.

BHR Institute specializes in protecting human rights while promoting business sustainability by using various innovations and create a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform. BHR Institute collaborates with various parties to improve human rights in Indonesia.

What We Do

We work and collaborate with various parties to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) and other strategic business and human rights frameworks and tools. We carry out a unique approach with social innovation to improve human rights performance within the supply chains.

The Business and Human Rights Journal (BHRJ) provides an authoritative platform for scholarly debate on all issues concerning the intersection of business and human rights in an open, critical and interdisciplinary manner. It seeks to advance the academic discussion on business and human rights as well as promote concern for human rights in business practice in Indonesia. 

BHR Institute designs, updates, and provide toolkit to understand the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and operationalize them in supply chains. 

BHR Institute opens collaborations with various stakeholders to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse impacts on human rights. BHR Institute provide tools to carry out human rights due diligence and human rights impact assessment.

BHR Institute provide tools and guidelines to identify risks of adverse human rights impacts. Its purpose is to diagnose and compile an action plan for the actual and potential risks associated with adverse human rights impacts on business activities.

BHR Institute designs and implements a grievance mechanism to ensure that the remedy mechanism is effective in practice. The Grievance Mechanism is assessed and designed following the effectiveness criteria under the UNGPs, namely: legal, accessible, predictable, fair, transparent, following human rights standards, a source of continuous learning and based on stakeholder engagement and dialogue.

Through multi-stakeholder dialogue, BHR Institute facilitates strategic solutions in collaboration with key stakeholders. To measure human rights risks, companies must implement meaningful consultation with groups and other relevant stakeholders who are potentially affected by means of the nature and context of the company's business operations. To enable companies to accurately assess human rights impacts, we help companies better understand the concerns of potentially affected stakeholders through consultations and other dialogue forums.

Through BHR Institute Academy, BHR Institute offers tailor-made training services that utilize adaptive learning concept based company needs. BHR Institute designs and conducts practical and technical training aimed at all levels of the company. Pieces of training under BHR Institute Academy aim to increase understanding and to build the capacity needed to enable positive change. Capacity building and awareness-raising play an important role in helping companies respect human rights.

Our Peoples

Wahyu Wagiman

Managing Director

A.H. Semendawai

Senior Advisor

Anggara Suwahju


Roichatul Aswidah

Senior Advisor

Riesta Aldilah

Strategic Partnership Manager

Ifdhal Kasim

Senior Advisor

Our Core Values

Humanizing business perspective

Humanizing business perspective

BHR Institute in providing services always positions human rights values ​​as the primary element and paramount reference. BHR Institute believes that human rights are an important and fundamental aspect of protecting freedom, autonomy, and respect for human life with dignity. Human rights violations take the form of neglect of human quality and human rights claims are based on human freedom and autonomy. The involvement of enterprises in human rights violations can damage the corporate's reputation and values ​​of humanity. Therefore, enterprises have strong individual reasons to recognize and operate based on human rights. The BHR Institute encourages companies to instill human rights values ​​systematically into the strategic business management as part of the culture to respond to the human rights issues faced and needed to be addressed by the enterprise. This approach is effective to gain the trust and Social License to Operate from the public and stakeholders in supporting a humanizing business.

Balancing corporate “rights” and human rights perspective

Balancing corporate “rights” and human rights perspective

The BHR Institute recognizes how dynamic human rights are when interacting with new situations and contexts so that it can adapt to new challenges and social risks. One of the challenges that have arisen is the interaction between investment law, both in national and international, and human rights as it intersects with contemporary investment governance. The BHR Institute views that the interaction of human rights issues in various ways with investment law is important for every enterprise to respond to. Therefore, the application of the principle of proportionality is fundamental to balance corporate “rights” and human rights in investment governance, including the principle of sustainable development that balances profit, peoples, and the planet. The BHR Institute adheres to the principles of fairness-affordability to determine the scope of corporate human rights responsibilities and a fair share of responsibility to find solutions, mitigate, and account for human rights problems that are impacted by company products, services, and activities.

Gender equality and justice perspective

Gender equality and justice perspective

The BHR Institute realizes that there are distinction experiences between women and men in terms of human rights violations in the business sector. Women often face various forms of discrimination and additional obstacles in seeking access to recovery and justice effectively. The BHR Institute is committed to contributing positively in addressing gender disparities related to these impacts by promoting a gender responsive-approach and an intersectionality approach. BHR Institute will accommodate gender equality and justice in every solution offered based on an analysis of the situation and context faced by the business enterprises.

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