In its broadest sense, development concerns improvement of the global climate in regard to the implementation of respect for human rights at all levels. This will particularly, though not exclusively, concern matters as they relate to business enterprises and the three pillars of the Guiding Principles.  On a more specific plane, it involves the production and maintenance of reporting standards whereby respect for human rights by an entity can be demonstrated, be this business or governmental. One of the Foundation’s prime functions is to support and promote the use of such standards within its wider responsibilities, which include:
Acceptance of the intellectual property known as the ‘Business and Human Rights International Standard for Certification’ (BHRISC 2011) and to further develop the standard and internationally promote its use for human rights certification and other purposes, as the Foundation deems fit in its sole and exclusive judgement. These would include accrediting and permitting qualified organizations to promote, certify, consult and train under this standard locally, regionally or globally from where they operate, based on further standards to be developed by the Foundation, as well as the provision of auditor guidance, including on issues of audit concentration and material risk.
Conduct and/or participate in efforts to foster the development of the rule of law, human rights, democracy, good governance and the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with the aspirations of UN member states.
Conduct and/or participate in efforts to empower and improve the capabilities and resources of human rights researchers, research centres, commissions, and other human rights institutions and organizations globally, including training, non-formal education, apprenticeship, upgrading and exchanges programmes.
Conduct and/or participate in efforts to improve awareness, understanding and respect for human rights among members of society and government officials globally, including training, non-formal education, apprenticeship, upgrading and exchanges programmes.   
Maintaining databases of certified organizations and details pertaining thereto.
Other certification including that of governments in respect to their responsibilities under the First Pillar of the Guiding Principles.
Provision of mediation training and certification at bother general and specific levels.