BSR Introduction to IHL

Human Rights

International humanitarian law—which applies in situations of armed conflict and war—creates additional areas of heightened risk for companies operating in such contexts, necessitating a heightened level of due diligence. This short briefer provides an overview of these risks and actions to both prepare for and respond to crisis in a rights-respecting way.


  • Heightened Risks in Conflict-Affected Areas
  • What is IHL?
  • When Does IHL Apply?
  • How Does IHL Apply to Business?
  • What Should Companies Do Differently under IHL?
  • How Can Companies Prepare to Operate under IHL?
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