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Wednesday, November 28 • 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Leading by example? State-owned enterprises’ performance on human rights due diligence

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Organized by the UN Working Group on business and human rights.

Brief description of the session:
State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are an enduring and significant feature of the global economy. They can have major environmental, social and human rights impacts. While some SOEs lead on corporate social responsibility and human rights, others lag behind and are involved in business-related human rights abuse. This is the finding of a 2016 report by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights that addressed the role and responsibility of SOEs to embed respect for human rights in their own activities and business relationships. It was reiterated in the Working Group’s 2018 report on the state of play of corporate human rights due diligence in all sectors worldwide.
The overall picture is that Governments are not leading by example in their own roles as economic actors. This limits their capacity to push business enterprises to put human rights due diligence into practice. At the same time, some good practice examples exist. In its report on SOEs highlighted the good practices of some Governments and SOEs and called on SOEs to lead by example.

Objectives of the session:
Building on the Working Group’s SOE report, a similar session held at the 2016 Forum, and the report on due diligence in practice, this session will:
  • take stock of how SOEs worldwide are currently performing in terms of implementing their responsibilities as set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights
  • highlight the experiences from different regions in making human rights due diligence part of SOE practice
  • discuss how to build on the emerging good practices.

Key discussion questions:
Speakers from SOEs, Governments and other stakeholders will offer their perspective on the following questions:
  1. What are the lessons learned by SOEs to date in terms of making human rights due diligence part of standard practice?
  2. Is it possible to identify success factors for SOEs that have taken steps toward human rights due diligence and what can other SOEs and the governments that own and control them learn from emerging good practice examples?
  3. What kind of policies, models and tools are available specifically to ensure that SOEs are role models on corporate social responsibility and human rights?
  4. What needs to happen, and what concrete steps should be taken, for the field to move forward, and States and SOEs to truly lead by example.

Format of the session:
The panelists will first give an overview of emerging practice to make human rights due diligence part of SOE practice from their respective perspectives and address questions 1 and 2 [5-7 minutes]. This will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.
In the second part of the session, the panelists and other participants will discuss how to build on emerging good practice and achieve progress for wider SOE practice (questions 3 and 4).

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Dante Pesce

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Dante Pesce holds a Masters in Political Science from the Catholic University of Chile and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the VINCULAR Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development at the... Read More →

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Tyler Gillard

Head of Sector Projects and Legal Adviser, OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
Tyler Gillard is the Head of Due Diligence and Senior Legal Adviser in the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct. He leads the OECD’s work on due diligence in the financial, textiles, mining & metals, oil & gas and agriculture sectors. Tyler joined the OECD in 2009 to lead... Read More →
avatar for Mónica Jiménez González

Mónica Jiménez González

Secretary General, Ecopetrol S.A.
Mónica Jiménez is a lawyer who has practiced international law both in Colombia and Canada, with extensive experience as counsel and tribunal secretary in commercial and investment arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL.She has advised Multinational companies... Read More →
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Malin Helgesen

Legal Counsel Human Rights, Equinor ASA
Malin Helgesen Legal Counsel Human Rights Equinor ASA. Talk to me about anything related to practical implementation of the UNGPs, changing the role of lawyers so that we prevent our companies better by applying the people lense to our advice and dare to look beyond the hard law... Read More →
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Seong-Hoon Lee

Executive Director, Korea Human Rights Foundation (KHRF)
Anselmo LEE has been Executive Director of the Korea Human Rights Foundation (KHRF) since 2010. He has been teaching about global governance, human rights and development since 2008 as a adjunct professor at Graduate School of Public Policy and Civic Engagement at Kyunghee University... Read More →

Wednesday November 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm CET
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