Tulika Bansal

Tulika Bansal works as an advisor at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR). She specializes in human rights and business, providing advice to leading companies in various sectors on how to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, predominantly focusing on the food and beverage sector, for which she has carried out a number of in-country human rights impact assessments.

She is part of the Myanmar project team which has founded the Myanmar Center for Responsible Business (MCRB) in Yangon together with the London-based Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB). The Centre is a hub for knowledge sharing, capacity building and dialogue for government, business and civil society actors on the subject of responsible business in Myanmar. Tulika has led a sector-wide impact assessment (SWIA) of the tourism sector in Myanmar. The study seeks to identify the actual and potential impacts of the sector as a whole on Myanmar society and provides recommendations to the Myanmar government, tourism businesses and civil society on how the tourism sector can minimize its negative impacts and can be a catalyst for positive impacts.

Tulika has a special interest in the topic Children’s Rights and Business. Together with UNICEF she was part of the team who developed the ‘Children’s Rights in Impact Assessments’ Tool, which offers companies guidance on how to integrate children’s rights into its existing human rights impact policies and procedures. Other areas of interest include human rights and business in India and community-led impact assessments.

Tulika (1982) has previously worked as a researcher on human- and labor rights, child labour and CSR for various organizations including the Dutch Trade Union Confederation (FNV Mondiaal) in the Netherlands and Cividep, a grassroots NGO in Bangalore, India focusing on labour rights in the Indian garment sector. Before joining DIHR, she worked as a researcher and trainer for an NGO based in Thailand focusing on the negative human rights impacts of large-scale extractives projects in Myanmar. Tulika is a guest lecturer and speaker on human – and children’s rights and business.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master in Public International Law (LLM) from Leiden University, The Netherlands. She is fluent in Dutch, English and Hindi and has a good working knowledge of Spanish and French. In her free time she enjoys traveling, learning languages, writing, photography, documentary film and modern art.

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