Joanne Bauer is Co-Founder and Principal of Rights CoLab, and Senior Researcher of the Business and Human Rights Program at Columbia’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She is also Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University where she teaches Business and Human Rights and a year-long Business and Human Rights Clinic.
From 2006 -2012, Bauer was Senior Researcher at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, where she led the Centre’s Asia work, and also specialized HIV/AIDS, women's human rights, and access to medicines globally. From 1994 to 2005 Bauer was Director of Studies at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (New York), where she founded the Carnegie Council’s research programs on human rights and environmental values. She also directed the Council’s fellows program, providing off-site fellowships for early career scholars and mid-career professionals. She was the Council’s Director of Japan Programs from 1991 to 1994 and before that held positions in banking, government affairs, and media.
Bauer is Vice Chair of the Board of Inclusive Development International and on the Advisory Boards of Accountability Counsel, Route2 and several initiatives in the Business & Human Rights field. Since 2011 she has been a Research Affiliate with the Human Rights Institute of the University of Connecticut, and from 2016-2017 was appointed Senior Fellow at Melbourne University Law School. She co-founded and leads the Business and Human Rights Teaching Forum, a network of over 300 professors and trainers teaching business and human rights at over 200 institutions in 35 countries.
Bauer is the Co-editor (with Daniel A Bell) of The East Asian Challenge for Human Rights (Cambridge University Press), Editor of Forging Environmentalism: Justice, Livelihood and Contested Environments (Routledge), and author of numerous articles. Her current areas of work are: shareholder advocacy; the human rights responsibilities of financial institutions; benefit corporations/certified B Corps and other alternative business models; National Action Plans on business and human rights; multi-stakeholder initiatives; business advocacy for civil society; technology for business and human rights; and quantifying the business costs of company-community conflict. She is the co-author (with Elizabeth Umlas) of two articles on B Corps and human righs: “Do B Corps Respect Human Rights?” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2017) and Making Corporations Responsible: The Parallel Tracks of the B Corps Movement and the Business and Human Rights Movement (Business & Society Review, 2017).