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Tuesday, November 27 • 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Protecting human rights in Public Policy: What Role for Business?

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Organized by BSR and The B Team

Session objectives:
The discussion will consider a number of key questions on the minds of business executives, policymakers and civil society. Key objectives include:
  • Identifying risks and opportunities for business and investors to improve overall protection for human rights while also improving the business environment
  • Sharing examples of business or investor engagement in policy that support human rights, and identifying pressure points from stakeholders
  • Acknowledging the critique of undue corporate influence in public spheres, which may undermine rights or deepen inequality, explore and discuss holistic corporate advocacy approaches that respect and support human rights

Background to the discussion:
Around the world, we have seen instances of policy reversals on human rights protections and programs, which were critical to creating the enabling environment for business to respect human rights.  In addition to these policy reversals, many governments continue to have restrictive or discriminatory laws in place towards particular groups, such as women or migrants.
As part of the “protect, respect and remedy” framework, the UN Guiding Principles created a global baseline expectation on companies to respect human rights, while also guiding business to use its ‘leverage’ in business relationships to help governments protect these rights. Exercising business leverage is more complex when human rights impacts are not caused by a company or ‘directly linked’ to its operations, products, and services. 
When states are not fulfilling their duty to protect human rights, how can or should business use its leverage to support human rights in policy engagement?
This interactive session will give participants an opportunity to engage in important questions on businesses’ role in public policy engagement to support human rights, deepening social exclusion and rampant inequality.
Session Design Principles:
Informative discussion inviting a diversity of perspectives
  1. Participatory and engaging
  2. Provides valuable ideas for potential areas of future collaboration
  3. Provides valuable ideas for potential areas of future collaboration

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Rajiv Joshi

Managing Director, The B Team
Rajiv Joshi is a social entrepreneur and activist who serves as Managing Director and a founding member of The B Team, based in New York. He is working actively with some of the world’s most influential CEOs to help redefine the role of business in tackling inequality, corruption... Read More →
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Margaret Jungk

Managing Director, Human Rights, BSR

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Jean-Yves Art

Sr Director, Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft
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Shelly Heald Han

Director of Civil Society Engagement, Fair Labor Association
Shelly is the director of civil society engagement at the Fair Labor Association, a multi-stakeholder initiative that works to improve labor conditions for workers in global supply chains. Based in Washington, DC, she is an experienced business and human rights advocate who has worked... Read More →
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Paloma Munoz Quick

Director, Investor Alliance for Human Rights
Director of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights, a collective action platform for responsible investment that is grounded in respect for people’s fundamental rights. In this capacity, Paloma leads strategic development and drives thought leadership work to advance the investor... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm CET