OU Law is home to the first Center for International Business & Human Rights at a U.S. law school. The Center seeks to provide academic think tank support on human rights to relevant stakeholders, with a particular focus on the extractives industry and Information & Communications Technology companies. Multinational corporations and their legal counsel play a vital role in a variety of human rights situations worldwide. The U.S. Government has endorsed various frameworks for conducting business in a manner that respects human rights, including the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The Center’s primary mission is two-fold: first, to assist companies in respecting human rights while conducting their own business operations abroad, in accordance with the U.S. Government’s expectations; and second, to encourage companies to support the promotion of human rights worldwide. The Center takes a forward-looking approach, by helping stakeholders move forward in a positive way, rather than a litigation oriented approach to business and human rights issues.