Minerva BHR aims to contribute to the following:
Minerva BHR is the first NGO in Turkey with a central focus on business and human rights.
- Promoting Responsible Business Conduct
- Combatting Modern Slavery
- Advocating Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights
Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom, justice, law, strategy, commerce, and the arts. She is usually accompanied with her sacred creature, the “owl of Minerva”, which has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, aptitude and transformation. The Owl of Minerva was invoked by the 19th-century German philosopher Hegel at the end of the Preface to the Philosophy of Right: “The owl of Minerva takes its flight only when the shades of night are gathering.”
There is a consensus for transforming how business gets done as well as legal frameworks, which lack the capacity to address society’s justice needs. COVID-19 pandemic worsened human rights abuses and the assault on the rule of law globally as well as in Turkey. However, knowledge matched with practical and timely strategy has the ability to reconstruct and form a bridge of dialogue between different constituents. In fact, the essence of justice, contrary to what many believe, appears in the strongest form, when the society feels the need for reconciling justice with the law.
Minerva BHR’s co-founders Dr. Çiğdem Çımrın & Dr. Pınar Kara were impressed with what Minerva symbolizes, particularly in view of the issues discussed in the BHR field. Similar to Minerva’s owl, Minerva BHR commits to spread its wings into the dusk by knowing that the darkest time of the night comes just before dawn.