Former NCHR student from China chosen by UN as SDG pioneer
Mr. Liang Xiaohui is one of 10 SDG pioneers on business and human rights selected by the UN among more than 600 nominees from over 100 countries.
With the UN Secretary-General: SDG pioneer Liang Xiaohui with Ban Ki-moon (photo: private).
Liang was one of the first Chinese students to graduate from the Master Programme in Human Rights at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, supported by the the Norwegian Quota Scheme for higher education.
According to the UN, the SDG Pioneers are supposed “to demonstrate how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can enable business to unlock economic, social and environmental gains for the world”. Read more about Liang on the SDG Pioneers web page.
First Chinese teacher on Business and Human rights
After returning to Beijing, Liang became the first Chinese scholar to teach a business and human rights course in China. Since 2006 he has lectured on business and human rights at Peking University Law School. He has acted as an adviser and expert in many activities organised by the NCHR China programme.
Developed China’s first sustainability standards
Liang is the Chief Researcher at the Office for Social Responsibility at China National Textile & Apparel Council. He has been tasked with the development and implementation of China’s first industrial codes of conduct and sustainability standards. In the past years, he has led or been involved in the making of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) codes or sustainability guidelines in many sectors.
Liang Xiaohui is a member of the Global Compact’s Human Rights and Labour Working Group; the Global Agenda Council on Human Rights of the World Economic Forum and the Expert Reference Group for the development of the Children's Rights and Business Principles by UN Global Compact and UNICEF. He is also a member of OECD’s Advisory Group for the draft Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector.