Research intern - corporate supply chains

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Details:

  • Location: Our office in central London (or working from home if desired). Although London based is preferred, applications from any time zone that has some overlap with 10.00-17.00 London time will be considered.
  • Salary: Unpaid
  • Contract Type: Internship
  • Closing Date: 27/02/2018

Start date: February/ March

Internship period: Minimum commitment of 3 months part-time (2-3 days a week, very flexible working hours)

Please note that due to lack of resources we are unable to offer visa sponsorship.
Reimbursement of local travel costs, and lunch up to £5 for interns who do not have funding for the internship from their university or other institution; we are unable to pay any stipend or salary.

Summary

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is a non-profit that tracks the human rights conduct of over 7000 companies worldwide. It aims to build corporate transparency, strengthen corporate accountability and empower advocates. One of the focus areas of the Resource Centre are corporate practices on labour issues, with a particular focus on forced labour. Working with the Resource Centre’s labour team, your role will be to research, analyse, and visualise data points regarding supply chain practices of large global companies. This will likely involve researching questions such as:

  • How do large global companies relate to each other? What are jointly used suppliers? Which brands are owned by the benchmarked companies?
  • What are the largest sourcing countries (per sector and raw material)?
  • What practices do companies disclose on specific thematic areas related to addressing forced labour in corporate supply chains, such as worker voice or recruitment. 

We are looking for a person who is excited to work with large amounts of data, and is interested in thinking through trends and ways to visualise data. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, reliable, and well-organised. You will need to be able to communicate concisely and demystify large amounts of complex information.

Please note the internship will consist of desk research of corporate disclosure.

You will be trained, supervised and supported by our small and highly committed team. You will also participate in our global team calls, which will provide an opportunity to learn about the work of a diverse team of international researchers and human rights experts.

Tasks

  • Research and analyse data points related to business models, sourcing / supply chains, and corporate efforts to address forced labour  
  • Propose ways to visualise data points
  • Provide administrative support as necessary

Required skills

  • Strong interest in human rights issues, and in labour rights in global supply chains specifically
  • Very strong Microsoft Excel skills
  • Excellent English-language proficiency
  • Ability to use own initiative and to work independently
  • Excellent attention to detail

Desirable skills

  • Good understanding of how to research and present complex information in a succinct and balanced way
  • Data visualisation skills
  • Relevant experience, for example courses or internships in the areas of human rights, labour rights or supply chain management
  • Writing skills

How to apply

Please email your CV and cover letter to Anna Liberadzki at [email protected], using the subject line “Application - Research intern (corporate supply chains)” by 27 February. For questions, please contact Nora Böggemann at [email protected].