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Dorothée Baumann-Pauly

Professor at Geneva University’s School of Economics and Management and Director of the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights


Dorothée Baumann-Pauly is an internationally renowned expert on business and human rights.  She earned her PhD in Economics (summa cum laude) at the University of Zurich in 2010 while working for the Fair Labor Association, a multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission to improve labour rights in global supply chains.

Dorothée is Professor at Geneva University’s School of Economics and Management and directs the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights and, since 2013. She has also served as the Research Director at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.

In these roles, she works with companies to advance human rights in corporate practice. Her applied research is focused on embedding human rights in organisations and developing business models that enable profits and human rights principles to coexist. She also teaches Business and Human Rights and co-edited the first textbook on Business and Human Rights (Routledge 2016).

In 2016, she co-founded the Global Business School Network for Business and Human Rights to integrate human rights in business education as well as the Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit for emerging scholars.

Recent Relevant Publications

  1. 2018
    Bridging Theory and Practice Through Immersion. Innovations for Teaching Business and Human Rights at Business Schools
    Business and Human Rights Journal, 3 (1), 139-144.
    Baumann-Pauly, D. (2018)
  2. 2017
    Industry-Specific Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives That Govern Corporate Human Rights Standards:
    Legitimacy assessments of the Fair Labor Association and the Global Network Initiative. Journal of Business Ethics, 143 (4), 771-787.
    Baumann-Pauly, D., Nolan, J., Van Heerden, A., & Samway, M. (2017)
  3. 2016
    Managing Institutional Complexity: A Longitudinal Study of Legitimacy Strategies at a Sportswear Brand Company
    Journal of Business Ethics, 137 (1), 31-51.
    Baumann-Pauly, D., Scherer, A. G., & Palazzo, G. (2016)
  4. 2013
    Organizing Corporate Social Responsibility in Small and Large Firms – Size Matters
    Journal of Business Ethics, 115 (4), 693-705. doi:
    Baumann-Pauly, D., Wickert, C., Spence, L. J., & Scherer, A. G. (2013)