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Monday, November 26
 

8:00am

Conversation with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Join the members of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights in an informal conversation about their mandate to promote implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and to chair the Forum.

Working Group members will give an overview of their ongoing work and explain the background for the theme of this year's Forum. The introduction will be followed by a Q&A and an opportunity for participants to make suggestions to the Working Group.

Links to Working Group main page and thematic pages
Interpretation is provided in Korean

Speakers
avatar for Surya Deva

Surya Deva

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Surya Deva is an Associate Professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong. He holds BA (Hons), LLB and LLM from the University of Delhi and a PhD from Sydney Law School, and has taught previously at the University of Delhi and at the National Law Institute University... Read More →
avatar for Elżbieta Karska

Elżbieta Karska

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Elżbieta Karska is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Protection of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and the Director of the Institute of International Law, European Union and International Relations at the Faculty of Law and Administration, Cardinal... Read More →
avatar for Githu Muigai

Githu Muigai

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Githu Muigai is current Associate Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, University of Nairobi; Chairman at the Council of Legal Education in Kenya; and Senior Partner, Mohammed & Muigai Advocates. He previously served as a Commissioner with the former Constitution of Kenya... Read More →
avatar for Dante Pesce

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 →
avatar for Anita Ramasastry

Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Anita Ramasastry is the Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School Of Law. She researches and teaches in the fields of law and development, anti-corruption, international... Read More →


Monday November 26, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Room XXI

9:00am

Corporate human rights due diligence – state of play and way forward
Organized by the Working Group on business and human rights

Brief description of the session:
This session will feature a presentation by the Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Dante Pesce. The presentation will highlight key findings and recommendations from the Working Group's report to the UN General Assembly in October 2018.
The focus of the report is the concept of corporate human rights due diligence set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The presentation will highlight key features of human rights due diligence and why it matters; gaps and challenges in current business and Government practice; emerging good practices; and how key stakeholders — States and the investment community, in particular — can contribute to the scaling-up of effective human rights due diligence.

Key documents

Interpretation is provided in Korean

Speakers
avatar for Dante Pesce

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 →



Monday November 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Room XXIII

9:00am

Voices from the ground
http://webtv.un.org/search/panel-on-voices-from-the-ground-forum-on-business-and-human-rights-2018/5971600547001/?term=&lan=english&cat=Forum%20on%20Business%20and%20Human%20Rights&sort=date&page=2

Convened by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights in collaboration with: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco-growing (ECLT), The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA), Dhaatri Resource Centre for Women and Children's Rights, Global Witness and Rafto Foundation for Human Rights

Short description of the session:
This trailblazing session will feature a panel made up of only human rights defenders and community representatives from all regions, who will speak frankly about their stories and experiences of working to improve business respect for human rights in their countries, as well as the attacks they are under because of doing so. The session will be divided into three parts: the first part with focus on ways in which they’ve successfully defended themselves and achieved their goals this year, the second part will identify the common challenges that defenders and community representatives face in their work, and the third part will outline what they want to see between now and the next forum. We will leave enough time for interaction with the audience after each segment.
This session will offer an insight into the lives and struggles of defenders and community representatives, and outline a set of their core challenges and expectations to businesses, investors and governments, thus setting the scene for the 7th Forum on Business and Human Rights.

Session objectives:
The session will provide a “reality-check” early on in the Forum, and outline a set of core challenges and expectations by defenders and community representatives to businesses and governments, thus setting the scene for the 7th Forum on Business and Human Rights. The goal of the first part will be discuss ways that they’ve successfully defended themselves and achieved their goals so far, the objective of the second part will be to identify common challenges that defenders face in their work, and the objective of the third part will be to for defenders and community representatives to voice their expectations to the forum (governments, businesses, and investors).

Key discussion questions:
  • 1st part: focuses on ways in which they’ve successfully defended themselves and achieved their goals so far
    Question(s) to speakers: What was your main achievement in your work as a defender or community representatives this year? Why do you do what you do and what keeps you going?  
    Sub-questions: What were the main things that helped you and your colleagues continue defending human rights in the context of business operations in your country over the past year (coalitions, partnerships, new approaches to work, financial support, new laws, support from community/ family/ friends, religion, etc.)
  • 2nd part: focuses on challenges HRDs face in their work
    Question(s) to speakers: Who prevents you from advocating for rights in your country and how? What are the main types of attack you and your colleagues have faced in defending human rights in business operations in your country this year?
  • 3rd part: focuses on what they would like to ask from the forum (govts, businesses, investors) - what do they want to see between now and the next forum
    Question(s) to be asked to speakers: What are the main things that you would like to see businesses, investors and governments do in the coming year, that would  improve the safety for and prevent attacks on defenders working for human rights in business in your country, and improve business respect for human rights? 

Format of the session:
The session will open with a question or two to the audience to get them engaged early on. It will then be divided into three parts: the first part will identify ways in which they’ve successfully defended themselves and achieved their goals so far, the second will identify challenges that defenders face in their work, and the third part will outline what they would like to ask from the forum (governments, businesses, and investors) and what do they want to see between now and the next forum. We will leave enough time for interaction with the audience after each segment, so that governments, investors and businesses, can voice their proposals and feedback, and so that defenders and community representatives that won’t get a chance to speak on the panel, will have the opportunity to also share their stories (time permitting). The role of the moderator will be to engage the audience and to summarize the challenges and the demands voiced by the defenders.
In terms of identifying and voicing expectations, the speakers and the moderator will, to the extent possible, surface and built upon existing demands, such as the Action plan from the World HRDs Summit, the joint statement from 40+ civil society organizations from 2016, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders’ reports on the topic and other relevant material.

Background to the discussion:
Business and civil society operate in and benefit from a “shared space” defined by common, fundamental elements. The rule of law and freedom of expression, association and assembly are essential to the realization of all human rights, to good governance and accountable institutions. These elements are also critical to stable, profitable and sustainable business environments in which companies thrive and economies prosper. Standards and practices have evolved over the last two decades to encourage or require companies to respect human rights. Moreover, company engagement and consultation with local communities and stakeholders is overcoming conflict and confrontation in places and ways that encourage further progress. However, this shared space is under threat, not least through a sustained and growing attack on defenders wherever businesses have failed to comply with and respect due diligence national laws, standards and national and international human rights protocols. Alarmingly, in the last decade, HRDs have increasingly come under massive attack. Since 2015, there have been over 1,300 attacks on HRDs working human rights issues related to business, including almost 400 killings. Workers were exposed to physical violence and threats in 65 countries in 2018 and trade unionists were murdered in nine countries in the first half of that year. Journalists are increasingly being imprisoned and attacked – 262 journalists were imprisoned in 2017 and 29 journalists have been killed in 2018. Civicus data indicates that only 3% of people on the planet live in countries with truly ‘open civic space’. These pressures and attacks undermine the legal and institutional frameworks upon which both business and civil society depend. For the business and human rights agenda to continue moving forward, defenders, and the civic freedoms they need to do their work, must be recognized as a vital and inescapable part of ensuring human rights respect in business operations. Defenders cannot play that role without solid guarantees of safety and security. States have primary role in ensuring corporates respect constitutional frameworks and set in place governance machinery, regulatory mechanisms, legal and policy structures and resources as well as place the upholding of human rights and well-being of all its citizens at the core of its development economy.


Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Debbie Stothard

Debbie Stothard

Secretary-General / Coordinator, FIDH/ ALTSEAN-Burma
Debbie Stothard has worked since 1981 in media, academia, community education & human rights in Malaysia, Australia and Thailand. Her work in training grassroots communities and advocacy is focused on women's leadership, atrocity prevention, and business and human rights.

Speakers
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Saeeda Kathoum

spokes-person, Ali Enterprises Factory Fire Affectees Association
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Olman

Olman represents his fellow students and his community in Western Guatemala. Though he has returned to his studies, Olman is a former child labourer who will share about the realities he and other young people like him face accessing education, working from a young age. As the first-ever... Read More →
avatar for Emmanuel Umpula

Emmanuel Umpula

Directeur, AFREWATCH
M. Umpula Nkumba Emmanuel, est directeur et fondateur de Afrewatch (AFREWATCH), il est juriste et travaille depuis 2002 à la défense et la promotion des droits de l'homme en RDC et en Afrique sur les entreprises et les droits de l'homme. Pendant son parcours, il a occupé plusieurs... Read More →


Monday November 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Room XX

11:00am

Opening plenary
http://webtv.un.org/search/opening-plenary-forum-on-business-and-human-rights-2018/5971612297001/?term=&lan=english&cat=Forum%20on%20Business%20and%20Human%20Rights&page=2

Interpretation is provided in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Korean.
Watch the video recording in 
UN WebTV

Programme:
The Forum’s opening will consist of three parts:
  • (11:00-11:15): Welcome by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and by the Chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights Dante Pesce.
  • (11:15-12:05): Conversation with civil society leaders.
  • (12:10-13:00): Conversation with business leaders.

Overall aim of opening plenary
The opening plenary of the UN Forum provides leadership and high-level perspectives on the main theme of the Forum. It features leaders from different background who can inspire others and help set the tone for constructive and solution-oriented dialogue over the three Forum days.
The backdrop to the discussions is the Forum’s mandate focused on discussing trends, challenges and emerging good practices in translating the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for implementing the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework into practice, and promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation on business and human rights.

Conversation with civil society leaders 
Prominent human rights advocates from around the world will share personal and inspiring stories of their struggles to call for business respect for human rights in practice.
Speakers:
  • Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation
  • Angkhana Neelapaijit, Commissioner, National Human Rights Commission of Thailand
  • Leonardo Sakamoto, Member of the Board of Trustees, UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, journalist, member of the Brazilian National Commission for the Eradication of Slave Labour and Chairman of Repórter Brasil.
  • Phyllis Omido, founder of the Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action (Kenya)
  • Moderator: Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Conversation with business leaders 
Senior business leaders with share their perspectives on embedding respect for human rights in company practice and the importance of human rights due diligence.
Speakers:
  • Tania Cosentino, SDG Pioneer; Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric
  • Gary Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer, Newmont Mining Corporation
  • Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, TOTAL S.A.
  • Jeannette Von Wolfersdorff, Member of the Board of the Santiago Exchange
  • Moderator: Dante Pesce, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Kate Gilmore

Kate Gilmore

United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Kate Gilmore was appointed United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1st December 2015.She brings to the position diverse and longstanding experience in strategic leadership and human rights advocacy with the United Nations, government and non-government organizations.Prior... Read More →
avatar for Dante Pesce

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
On September 1, 2018 Michelle Bachelet assumed her functions as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was established in 1993 and Ms. Bachelet is the seventh Commissioner.Ms. Bachelet was elected President of Chile... Read More →
avatar for Tania Cosentino

Tania Cosentino

Senior Vice President of Customer Satisfaction & Quality, Schneider Electric
Over the last 30 years, Tania Cosentino has dedicated her career to the electric industrial segment. She has occupied several managerial positions and functions in different companies, and this gave her a global and deep vision of the energy sector, its operations and trends.Tania... Read More →
avatar for Gary Goldberg

Gary Goldberg

Chief Executive Officer, Newmont Goldcorp
Gary J. Goldberg was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and joined the Board of Directors of Newmont Mining Corporation on March 1, 2013. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer since July 2012 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating... Read More →
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Angkhana Neelapaijit

Commissioner, National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT)
Angkhana  Neelapaijit was born in Bangkok, Thailand where she grow up and graduated from Santa Cruz Convent school and the Faculty of Nurse, Mahidol University. Angkhana became the Human Rights activist after her husband who is a prominent Human Rights Lawyer was kidnapped by a group... Read More →
avatar for Phyllis Omido

Phyllis Omido

grassroots environmental activist and co- founder, Center for justice governance and environmental action
Phyllis Omido, is a Kenyan grassroots environmental activist and co- founder of the center for justice governance and environmental action an organization that advocates for the right to a clean and healthy environment and socioeconomic rights of marginalized and ignored communities... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Pouyanne

Patrick Pouyanne

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, TOTAL S.A.
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Total. He held positions in French administration, including Environment Advisor to the Prime Minister (1993-1995) and Chief of Staff to the Information Technology Minister (1995-1996). He joined Total in 1997 and became Group Representative in Qatar... Read More →
avatar for Leonardo Sakamoto

Leonardo Sakamoto

Member of Board of Trustees, United Nations Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
Leonardo Sakamoto is journalist and has a PhD in Political Science. Member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery since 2014 and the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (Liechtenstein Initiative) since... Read More →
avatar for Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi

2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation
Nobel Peace Laureate (2014) and Child Rights Activist Kailash SatyarthiFounder, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation - Ending violence against children globallyMr Satyarthi has been a tireless advocate of children’s rights for more than three decades. He and the grassroots... Read More →
avatar for Jeannette von Wolfersdorff

Jeannette von Wolfersdorff

Directora, Bolsa de Santiago
Director of the Santiago Securities Exchange, and President of its Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee. Executive Director of the Chilean Fiscal Observatory, initiative from civil society to promote more effective and efficient public spending, and better accountability... Read More →


Monday November 26, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Assembly Hall

3:00pm

Are States making progress on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? Challenges, innovations and lessons learned from implementation
http://webtv.un.org/search/part-i-panel-on-progress-on-the-un-guiding-principles-forum-on-business-and-human-rights-2018/5971665695001/?term=&lan=english&cat=Forum%20on%20Business%20and%20Human%20Rights&page=2

Organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief Description:
This Forum session led by the Working Group will provide an opportunity for States to share updates on progress in implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and for all relevant stakeholders to engage in open dialogue on ways forward.

Under the 2018 Forum’s central theme “Business respect for human rights –building on what works”, the Working Group invites States to share information about:

(a) Regulatory and policy developments to provide guidance, incentives and/or requirements for business enterprises to carry out human rights due diligence in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their adverse human rights impacts across operations and value chains;
(b) Updates on national action plans on business and human rights (in line with Human Rights Council resolution 26/22, paragraph 4), including assessments of impact of the implementation of existing plans.

The Forum’s regional track will provide further opportunities for exchange about such initiatives and stakeholder perspectives on the ways forward.


Part I – Government leadership to drive business respect for human rights – Lessons learned from around the world and ways forward 
  • Opening remarks by Dante Pesce, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights – Government action to drive business respect – what is the current state of play?
  • Government panel to share experiences on new developments and commitments for moving the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice [broad focus: legislation, regulation, national action plans and other policy frameworks]
  • Open dialogue: Government action to drive corporate human rights due diligence: what works? Lessons from regulatory and policy action 
    • Interventions by other states from the floor 
    • Interventions by other stakeholders from the floor

Background to the discussion:
In its  2018 report to the General Assembly (A/73/163), the Working Group highlights how States are performing in promoting corporate human rights due diligence. It notes that the human rights due diligence standard set out in the Guiding Principles is increasingly reflected in government policy frameworks and legislation, including mandatory disclosure of risks of modern slavery in supply chains. In the 20 national action plans on business and human rights that have been issued to date, Governments have reaffirmed the expectation that business enterprises exercise human rights due diligence.

The report also highlights gaps: A lack of government leadership in addressing governance gaps remains the biggest challenge. A fundamental issue is that host Governments are not fulfilling their duty to protect human rights, either failing to pass legislation that meets international human rights and labour standards, or failing to enforce legislation that would protect workers and affected communities.

 While some home Governments have introduced due diligence or disclosure legislation, such efforts also remain patchy or uncoordinated. Governments are not providing enough guidance on human rights due diligence and support tailored to national business audiences, including small and medium-sized enterprises. A lack of policy coherence in government practice is part of the overall picture, and Governments are not leading by example in their own roles as economic actors.
The key message to Governments is that they should use all available regulatory and policy levers, such as: policy tools and frameworks, including national action plans in order to enhance policy coherence overall; legislation, regulation and adjudication; economic incentives in “economic diplomacy” and public procurement; leadership by example in their role as economic actors; provision of guidance (including for SMEs); and promotion of multi-stakeholder dialogue.
The Forum provides an opportunity for States and other stakeholders to engage in dialogue on the emerging practices, shortcomings and solutions highlighted by the Working Group.

How to participate:
States that wish to share their experiences and perspectives are invited to pre-register by sending an email to wg-business@ohchr.org  with cc to bhrforum@ohchr.org including in the subject line:
“Forum GOVT. ACTION – [country name]”.
Although speaking time is limited (3 minutes for statements), all States will be able to submit statements to be posted on the Forum webpage. States should indicate whether they would like to speak in part I or part II, or both.
States are encouraged to participate with representatives from across relevant Government ministries, departments and agencies.

Other participants wishing to join the multi-stakeholder dialogue on lessons learned and ways forward are also invited to sign up in advance by sending an email to: wg-business@ohchr.org  with cc to bhrforum@ohchr.org including in the subject line: “2018 Forum GOVT. ACTION session – Multi-stakeholder dialogue - [name of organization]”. Interventions should be no more than 2-3 minutes in order to allow time for as many stakeholder perspectives as possible. Written statements may be submitted for posting on the Forum web page. Those signing up for the speaker list should indicate whether they wish to speak in part I or part II, or both.



Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Dante Pesce

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Francisco Barbosa

Francisco Barbosa

Presidential Adviser on Human Rights, Government of Colombia
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Meo Beyan

Assistant Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministry for Economic Affairs, Liberia
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Somn Promaros

Director-General of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, Ministry of Justice, Thailand
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Lorena Recabarren

Subsecretaria de Derechos Humanos, Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos de Chile
Abogada de la Pontificia Universidad Católica y Doctora en Ciencias Políticas y Sociales de la Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. Hace dos años se desempeña como Directora Ejecutiva del Centro de Estudios Horizontal, donde coordinó comisiones de trabajo en distintas áreas... Read More →
avatar for Maylis SOUQUE

Maylis SOUQUE

Secretary-General French NCP Responsible Business Conduct, Ministry of Economy, France


Monday November 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:20pm
Room XX

4:40pm

Are States making progress on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? Challenges, innovations and lessons learned from implementation
http://webtv.un.org/search/part-ii-panel-on-progress-on-the-un-guiding-principles-forum-on-business-and-human-rights-2018/5971981765001/?term=&lan=english&cat=Forum%20on%20Business%20and%20Human%20Rights&page=2

Organized by UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief Description:
This Forum session led by the Working Group will provide an opportunity for States to share updates on progress in implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and for all relevant stakeholders to engage in open dialogue on ways forward.

Under the 2018 Forum’s central theme “Business respect for human rights –building on what works”, the Working Group invites States to share information about:

(a) Regulatory and policy developments to provide guidance, incentives and/or requirements for business enterprises to carry out human rights due diligence in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their adverse human rights impacts across operations and value chains;
(b) Updates on national action plans on business and human rights (in line with Human Rights Council resolution 26/22, paragraph 4), including assessments of impact of the implementation of existing plans.

The Forum’s regional track will provide further opportunities for exchange about such initiatives and stakeholder perspectives on the ways forward.

Tentative agenda
Part II: National action plans on business and human rights - Impacts, lessons learned and ways forward
  • NAPs – what has been the impact to date? A quick overview 
  • Getting started, lessons learned 
  • Open dialogue: translating plans to action
    • Government interventions 
    • Other stakeholders
  • Wrap-up by the Working Group


Background to the discussion:

In its 2018 report to the General Assembly (A/73/163), the Working Group highlights how States are performing in promoting corporate human rights due diligence. It notes that the human rights due diligence standard set out in the Guiding Principles is increasingly reflected in government policy frameworks and legislation, including mandatory disclosure of risks of modern slavery in supply chains. In the 20 national action plans on business and human rights that have been issued to date, Governments have reaffirmed the expectation that business enterprises exercise human rights due diligence.

The report also highlights gaps: A lack of government leadership in addressing governance gaps remains the biggest challenge. A fundamental issue is that host Governments are not fulfilling their duty to protect human rights, either failing to pass legislation that meets international human rights and labour standards, passing legislation that is inconsistent, or failing to enforce legislation that would protect workers and affected communities.

 While some home Governments have introduced due diligence or disclosure legislation, such efforts also remain patchy or uncoordinated. Governments are not providing enough guidance on human rights due diligence and support tailored to national business audiences, including small and medium-sized enterprises. A lack of policy coherence in government practice is part of the overall picture, and Governments are not leading by example in their own roles as economic actors.
The key message to Governments is that they should use all available regulatory and policy levers, such as: policy tools and frameworks, including national action plans in order to enhance policy coherence overall; legislation, regulation and adjudication; economic incentives in “economic diplomacy” and public procurement; leadership by example in their role as economic actors; provision of guidance (including for SMEs); and promotion of multi-stakeholder dialogue.

The Forum provides an opportunity for States and other stakeholders to engage in dialogue on the emerging practices, shortcomings and solutions highlighted by the Working Group.

How to participate:
States that wish to share their experiences and perspectives are invited to pre-register by sending an email to wg-business@ohchr.org  with cc to bhrforum@ohchr.org including in the subject line:
“Forum GOVT. ACTION – [country name]”.
Although speaking time is limited (3 minutes for statements), all States will be able to submit statements to be posted on the Forum webpage. States should indicate whether they would like to speak in part I or part II, or both.
States are encouraged to participate with representatives from across relevant Government ministries, departments and agencies.
Other participants wishing to join the multi-stakeholder dialogue on lessons learned and ways forward are also invited to sign up in advance by sending an email to forumbhr@ohchr.org, cc: wg-business@ohchr.org  with cc to bhrforum@ohchr.org including in the subject line: “2018 Forum GOVT. ACTION session – Multi-stakeholder dialogue - [name of organization]”. Interventions should be no more than 2-3 minutes in order to allow time for as many stakeholder perspectives as possible. Written statements may be submitted for posting on the Forum web page. Those signing up for the speaker list should indicate whether they wish to speak in part I or part II, or both.



Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Daniel Morris

Daniel Morris

Adviser, Human Rights and Business, The Danish Institute for Human Rights

Speakers
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Jakob Kiefer

CSR Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden
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Ken Okaniwa

Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva
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Fabrizio Petri

President of the Italian Inter-ministerial Committee for Human Rights, The Government of Italy
BHR, HUMAN RIGHTS, LGBTI RIGHTS, ATHEISM
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Irene Maria Plank

Head of Division “Business and Human Rights”, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
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Stella Wangechi

Senior Human Rights Officer, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Kenya
The NAP development process in Kenya


Monday November 26, 2018 4:40pm - 6:00pm
Room XX
 
Tuesday, November 27
 

11:30am

Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Africa
Interpretation is provided in English and French.


Organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief description of the session: 

This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in the context of each region of the world. Building on the sessions on government action on the Forum’s first day, the region focused discussions aim to take a closer look at how to overcome key business-related human rights challenges faced in African countries and lessons learned from emerging government, business and civil society action.

Objective of the session: 

Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned and the way forward, including on how to scale up emerging good practice and strengthen a race to the top among governments and business in the region.

Format of the session:

The proposed session will be done in a talk show format with the participants having the opportunity to raise questions amongst each other as in a public dialogue. The session is chaired by the Member of the UN Working Group, Githu Muigai

Preliminary agenda: 
  • Introduction by The UN Working Group member, Githu Muigai
  • Kickoff remarks:
    • Civil society coalition reflections on how to overcome key business-related human rights challenges in the region and what emerging practices to build on
    • Business perspectives on how to drive a race to the top in the region
    • Government statements on lessons learned and commitments for going forward
  • Roundtable discussion

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Githu Muigai

Githu Muigai

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Githu Muigai is current Associate Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, University of Nairobi; Chairman at the Council of Legal Education in Kenya; and Senior Partner, Mohammed & Muigai Advocates. He previously served as a Commissioner with the former Constitution of Kenya... Read More →

Speakers
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Mutuso Dhliwayo

Director, Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association
Mutuso Dhliwayo is a public interest environmental lawyer working with the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association ( ZELA). ZELA works to promote democracy, good governance and sustainable development using natural resources as a framework.ZELA has been working on business and human... Read More →
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Guillain Koko

Project Coordinator, Africa Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA)
Guillain Koko is a Social Justice activist and Human rights Lawyer, with particular experience/expertise in Business and Human Rights.He is the project coordinator of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA). He holds a Law Degree (LLB) in Public Law, from the Catholic... Read More →
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Mthunzi Mdwaba

CEO, TZoro IBC
Mthunzi Perry-Mason Mdwaba is an entrepreneur, businessman, executive and passionate advocate for business in all its diverse forms and across developing and developed nations. He is a fierce defender of skills development, the conditions required for sustainable enter-prises and... Read More →


Tuesday November 27, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room XXIII

3:00pm

Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in "Western Europe and Others" region (WEOG)
Interpretation is provided into English, French and Spanish
Watch live ​​​https://unog.webex.com/unog/j.php?MTID=mabe7bc8e92ec6e11557311bcf357f4b9

Organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief description of the session: 
This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in the context of each region of the world. Building on the sessions on government action on the Forum’s first day, the “Western European and others”- focused discussions aim to take a closer look at policy innovations and emerging practices on which progress can be built. The session will involve presentations by governments that are moving ahead with regulatory and policy innovations.

Objectives of the session: 
  • Share lessons learned from recent government efforts with potential to drive greater policy coherence and reach scale in business implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human right
  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned and way forward, including on how to strengthen a race to the top among Western countries.
Format of the session:
  • Introduction by the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights
  • Snapshot presentations on innovations and lessons learned: inter-governmental and government perspectives
  • Open stakeholder discussion on the way forward


Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Anita Ramasastry is the Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School Of Law. She researches and teaches in the fields of law and development, anti-corruption, international... Read More →

Speakers
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Ulrika Lyckman Alnered

Deputy director, Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Sustainable Business, Anti-corruption, Business and Human Rights
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Barbara Bijelic

Legal Expert, Responsible Business Conduct, OECD
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Alva Bruun

Senior adviser, human rights, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Alva is Senior Adviser at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Her main duties lie within the business human rights-sphere, in the Political Department as well as the Department for Development Policy. She's overseeing various of the ministry's projects implemented with the... Read More →
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Robert Coleman

Director, Trade Planning, Coordination and Responsible Business Practices, Global Affairs Canada
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Iona Ebben

Senior Policy Officer Business & Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
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Katharina Hermann

Head of Helpdesk on Business and Human Rights, Government of Germany
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Julius Langendorff

Policy Officer Trade & Sustainable Development, European Commission, DG Trade
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Geneviève Jean- van Rossum

Représentante spéciale chargée de la bioéthique et de la responsabilité sociale des entreprises, Ministère francais de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères
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Camilla Røssaak

Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway


Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:00pm - 4:20pm
Room XXI

3:00pm

Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Eastern Europe
Interpretation is provided in English and Russian.

Organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief description of the session: 

This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in the context of each region of the world. Building on the sessions on government action on the Forum’s first day, the region focused discussions aim to take a closer look at how to overcome key business-related human rights challenges faced in Eastern European countries and lessons learned from emerging government, business and civil society action.

Objectives of the session: 

- Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned and the way forward, including on how to scale up emerging good practice
- Strengthen a race to the top among governments and business in the region

Format of the session:

The proposed session will be done in a talk show format with the participants having the opportunity to raise questions amongst each other as in a public dialogue. The session is chaired by the Member of the UN Working Group, Elzbieta Karksa

Preliminary agenda: 
  • Introduction by Elzbieta Karska
  • Kickoff remarks:
    • Civil society coalition reflections on how to overcome key business-related human rights challenges in the region and what emerging practices to build on
    • Business perspectives on how to drive a race to the top in the region
    • Government statements on lessons learned and commitments for going forward
  • Roundtable discussion


Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Elżbieta Karska

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Elżbieta Karska is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Protection of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and the Director of the Institute of International Law, European Union and International Relations at the Faculty of Law and Administration, Cardinal... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Fodor

Executive Director, CEE Bankwatch Network
CEE Bankwatch Network‘s mission is to prevent environmentally and socially harmful impacts of international development finance, and to promote alternative solutions and public participation.
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Zurabishvili Salome

Executive Director, CiDA / Global Compact Network Georgia
Human Rights Lawyer and Corporate Sustainability Expert with 7+ years of experience in the civil society, public sector and consulting business sector around corporate sustainability issues. Salome is executive director of civil society organisation - CiDA, which has been promoting... Read More →


Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:00pm - 4:20pm
Room XXIII

4:40pm

Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
Interpretation is provided into English/French/Spanish

Organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief description of the session: 
This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in the context of each region of the world. Building on the sessions on government action on the Forum’s first day, the region focused discussions aim to take a closer look at how to overcome key business-related human rights challenges faced in Latin American and Caribbean countries and lessons learned from emerging government, business and civil society action.

Objectives of the session: 
- Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned and the way forward, including on how to scale up emerging good practice
- Strengthen a race to the top among governments and business in the region.

Format of the session:
The proposed session will be done in a talk show format with the participants having the opportunity to raise questions amongst each other as in a public dialogue. The session is chaired by the Chairperson of the UN Working Group, Dante Pesce

Preliminary agenda: 
  • Introduction by Dante Pesce
  • Kickoff remarks:
    • Civil society coalition reflections on how to overcome key business-related human rights challenges in the region and what emerging practices to build on
    • Business perspectives on how to drive a race to the top in the region
    • Human rights defender statement on his/her experience in working for the respect of human rights by business in the region
    • Government statements on lessons learned and commitments for going forward
  • Roundtable discussion


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 →

Speakers
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Fernanda Hopenhaym

Co-Executive Director, PODER
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Ana Laynez

Indigenous authority, Ixil indigenous community, Guatemala
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Carolina Mejia Micolta

Counsel at Legal Vicepresidency, Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia


Tuesday November 27, 2018 4:40pm - 6:00pm
Room XXI

4:40pm

Government responses to modern slavery and child labour in supply chains
Interpretation is provided in English and French.

Session organized by the  Alliance 8.7 Secretariat and its Action Group on Supply Chains.

Topic and focus of the session:
The challenge of ending child labour and forced labour remains formidable with 152 million children around the world in child labour and 25 million people in forced labour. A significant number of victims are working in supply chains.

As the leading global partnership to end child labour and forced labour, Alliance 8.7 will use its unique convening power to bring to the Forum testimonies from three countries and the OSCE. These will show how governments have joined forces with other partners (business membership and employers’ organizations, trade unions, companies, civil society organizations, UN organizations and entities) to strengthen due diligence and the coordination of their efforts.

Session objectives:
  1. Share good experiences of Governments and businesses collaboration on the implementation of measures aimed at incentivizing or enabling businesses to engage in due diligence on child labour and forced labour in supply chains;
  2. Exchange insights on persisting challenges to be addressed, including on closing knowledge gaps and measuring impact of efforts;
  3. Provide examples on how Alliance 8.7 can accelerate the results of their efforts under the 2030 Agenda. 

Format of the session:
Introductory statements followed by interactive dialogue with the audience

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Beate Andrees

Chief Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, ILO

Speakers
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Iona Ebben

Senior Policy Officer Business & Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
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Peter Hall

Adviser, Business & Human Rights/Responsible Business Conduct, International Organization of Employers
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Maurice Middleberg

Executive Director, Free the Slaves
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Valiant Richey

Deputy Co-ordinator and Officer in Charge, Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, OSCE
Supply chains and public procurement.
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Makbule Sahan

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
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Hyacinth Hermann TANDRA

Director General for Labour and Social Law, Ministry of Civil Service, Administrative Reform, Labour, Employment and Social Laws, Madagascar


Tuesday November 27, 2018 4:40pm - 6:00pm
Room XVII

5:15pm

Snapshot: Experiences from practice - Effective multi-stakeholder models working against child labour
Interpretation is provided in English and Spanish

Brief description of the presentation:
The session will showcase an effective multi-stakeholder model (i.e. the “La Máquina Model”), working against child labour and offer both a government and a rights-holder perspective. The model, which has been developed and run in close collaboration with the Government of Guatemala, the ECLT Foundation, NGO partner DNI Costa Rica, local communities and private sector partners, not only focuses on schools and job skills but also provides child labour training for key local actors, like community leaders, teachers and technicians from companies that work with farmers, for a sustainable way to address child labour gaps in agricultural supply chains and promote decent youth employment.

Presentation objectives:
Ms. Rodriguez will speak briefly on the challenges she faces accessing education in her rural community, the importance of the model for her and her fellow participants.
Ms. Ochoa will give a short overview of the work, successes and challenges of the Ministry of Labour in the Eradication of Child Labour, specifically, the advances made as a country, including the “La Maquina Model” and the importance of building a replicable model in two departments of Guatemala. The replica aims to continue promoting education, ignite economic development and reduce migration in communities living in extreme poverty in Guatemala.

Speakers
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Marta Lidia Lima

former child labourer and participant in youth employment promotion model, Student
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Glenda Ochoa

Director of Social Welfare, Ministry of Labour of Guatemala


Tuesday November 27, 2018 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Room XXIV

6:15pm

Documentary - Combatting modern slavery in supply chains - Lessons from two sectoral campaigns
Organised by Doughty Street Chambers with Traidcraft and Ethical Trade Initiative

Brief description
The session is intended to discuss the issue of combatting modern slavery in supply chains through the perspective of two sectoral responses and two industries. The session will show two short videos (around 5 mins each) on the Rajasthan Stone Sector and the Assam tea Industry, which are meant to highlight some of the issues and then engender discussion on the question of what could be done to combat modern slavery in supply chains from an industry, NGO and legal perspective.

Session objectives
The objectives for the session are:
  • To highlight some of the violations in two important supply chains which the attendees may not be aware of.
  • To highlight the current campaign on the transparency in the Assam tea supply chain.
  • To highlight the current work that has been done and is planning to be done on the Rajasthan Stone Supply chain.
  • To have a greater understanding of what are the barriers to combatting modern slavery in those supply chains.
  • To have a greater understanding of why companies are finding difficulties in mapping supply chains.
  • To have a greater understanding of what legal avenues may be possible for combatting the most serious human rights violations in supply chains.

Key discussion questions

What are the key lessons from these two sectoral campaigns in:
  • Addressing the main barriers to combatting modern slavery in supply chains?
  • how companies should enhance their due diligence in supply chains?
  • why many companies are not enhancing their due diligence in supply chains?
  • what stakeholders can do to improve due diligence in supply chains?
  • what lawyers can do to improve due diligence in supply chains?

Format of the session
There will be:
  • Short video on Assam Tea Supply chain, followed by a 10 min introduction by Fiona Gooch, on the campaign.
  • Short video on Rajasthan Stone Supply chain, followed by a 10 min introduction by Krishnendu Mukherjee on the issue.
  • Response by Cindy Berman on the issues raised.
  • Further response by Fiona Gooch and Krishnendu Mukherjee
  • Discussion from the floor.

Background to the discussion
A backdrop to the discussion is the reluctance of many large companies in the UK to engage with s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. By drilling down on lessons from two sectoral case studies, the aim is to generate a discussion rooted in practical examples on how barriers and challenges to progress can be overcome.


Speakers
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Cindy Berman

Head of Modern Slavery Strategy, Ethical Trading Initiative
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Fiona Gooch

Senior Policy Adviser, Traidcraft Exchange
Fiona works to improve the impact UK-linked businesses have on vulnerable farmers, workers and communities in developing countries. This includes work on supply chains, company law, competition policy, legal remedies, social reporting, business and human rights and investment. She... Read More →
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Elise Groulx

Associate Tenant, Doughty Street Chambers
ELISE GROULX DIGGS, ESQ., Ad.E., LL.M.Associate Tenant Doughty Street ChambersBI for Business Integrity & Partners LLC, PrincipalElise Groulx Diggs advises corporations, governments and international organizations on the human rights and legal issues associated with their investment... Read More →
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Krishnendu Mukherjee

Barrister and Advocate, Doughty Street Chambers
Krishnendu Mukherjee is a barrister and Indian advocate at Doughty Street Chambers in London. He has extensive experience in trying to remedy human rights violations against corporations, including advice, litigation, negotiation, and OECD complaints. He is part of the Business and... Read More →


Tuesday November 27, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Room XXI
 
Wednesday, November 28
 

8:30am

Leading by example? Procurement as lever for human rights due diligence
Session organised by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), the Ethical Trading Initiative Norway (ETI Norway), and the Harrison Institute for Public Law of Georgetown University Law Center.

Brief description of the session:
This session will look at how public procurement at the sub-national level can be used as a lever for greater corporate human rights due diligence. It will focus on identifying transferable good practice examples and lessons learnt from those working with this topic.
Previous sessions at the UN BHR Forum have looked at human rights and public procurement at the national level. This session will look at human rights and public procurement at the sub-national level including local and municipal governments, cities, universities, and hospitals. It will address the unique challenges and opportunities faced at this level including building leverage, ensuring policy coherence between the national and sub-national institutions, and developing institutional capacity.

Session objectives:
  • Demonstrate how public procurement can be used, per the UNGPs and SDG 12.7, as a lever for extending the practice of corporate human rights due diligence in local economies and global supply chains
  • Uncover transferable good practice examples and lessons learned

Key discussion questions:
  • How can public buyers introduce due diligence requirements for suppliers at different stages of the procurement lifecycle?
  • How can collaborative purchasing models allow public buyers to capture synergies and multiply purchasing power in pursuit of human rights?
  • How can you engage suppliers in dialogue and capacity building on due diligence requirements?
  • How can you demonstrate that human rights due diligence requirements increase "value for money" while advancing realisation of the SDGs locally and across borders?

Format:
  • 20 minutes for short presentations from the panellists
  • 30 minutes for questions directed to the panellist from the moderator
  • 25 minutes for questions from the audience

Background to the discussion:

Public procurement refers to the process by which public authorities, such as government departments or local authorities, purchase work, goods, or services from businessesIn Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) States, public procurement contracts account for 12% of GDP on average and is a substantial component of the overall economy. Public procurement, therefore, has the potential to influence global supply chains in a positive or negative way. Government departments and other public authorities and institutions that purchase goods and services can take measures to prevent human rights abuses being perpetrated by those they are procuring from by ensuring that human rights protections are included within provisions and clauses of tender-related documentation and resulting contracts. Such human rights protections can decrease the likelihood of human rights abuses from occurring and so reduce the risk (both reputational and financial) of those procuring goods and services benefitting from, and/ or being linked to, human rights violations and abuses.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights in Target 12.7 that to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns that States should “Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities”.
The UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on Business and Human Rights afford special attention to the state’s role when it acts as a commercial actor. Guiding Principle 6 provides that “States should promote respect for human rights by business enterprises with which they conduct commercial transactions.”

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Claire Methven O'Brien

Strategic Adviser, Danish Institute for Human Rights
Dr. Claire Methven O’Brien is Chief Adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Claire is a barrister called to the London Bar, Honorary Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews School of Management and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Groningen’s Department... Read More →

Speakers
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Natalie Evans

Responsible Procurement Manager, City of London Corporation
I specialise in responsible public procurement and believe that working closely with our supply chain partners to ensure human and labour rights is fundamental to achieving our Sustainable Development Goals. I'm particularly interested in ethical sourcing of construction materials... Read More →
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Stine Foss

Senior Advisor, Ethical Trading Initiative Norway
Stine Foss has worked for Ethical Trading Initiative- Norway (ETI-Norway) for nearly a decade. As Senior Advisor she manges a portfolio of 29 members, both private companies and public entities on their work on sustainability and specifically due diligence for responsible business... Read More →
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Kaori Kuroda

Executive Director, CSO Network Japan
Kaori Kuroda is the Executive Director of CSO Network Japan. She also serves as Japan Director of the Asia Foundation based on the partnership arrangement between the Foundation and CSO Network Japan. Ms. Kuroda was a senior fellow at Social Accountability International in 2006 and... Read More →


Wednesday November 28, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am
Room XVII

8:30am

Elements of effective human rights due diligence regulation: lessons from legal developments
http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/human-rights-council/forum-on-business-and-human-rights/watch/panel-on-lessons-from-legal-developments-forum-on-business-and-human-rights-2018/5972507124001/?term=

Organized by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Conectas Human Rights and Frank Bold

Short description of the session:
Recently, the EU and a range of countries around the world have adopted or started to consider legislation that requires businesses to either address or communicate how they address human rights impacts. This includes for example the Brazilian “dirty list” of slave labor, EU Non-financial Reporting Directive, the French Duty of Vigilance law, the UK Modern Slavery Act, and the Responsible Business Conduct bill currently discussed in the Swiss Parliament. These initiatives differ in purpose, human rights risks addressed, and type of legal obligations, but they all utilise the concept of Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD).
This session will take stock of the experience with these developments, with a focus on their outcomes, impacts on corporate accountability, and implementation by companies in order to draw lessons for further legislative developments.

Session objectives:
  1. Summarise lessons from implementation of HRDD requirements by companies.
  2. Clarify what are effective means of ensuring HRDD by regulation and necessary elements of such regulation.
  3. Identify key information on the conduct of HRDD that should be disclosed.

Key discussion questions:
  1. How are companies implementing HRDD regulations? What is feasible and what is best practice?
  2. What are the lessons for designing effective legislative framework to incentivise companies to respect human rights effectively?

Format of the session:
After the initial remarks, the audience will be dived in groups and asked to agree on a reflection not longer than 1 minute that will be subsequently presented. Moderator will facilitate these reflections and quick reactions by the panel. This process will be followed by discussion with audience. At the end of the session, speakers and the moderator will summarize their main ideas.

  1. Kick-off remarks (30 mins): Experience with implementation of HRDD regulations & lessons for legislative design
  2. Discussions and reflections by audience in groups (15 mins)
  3. Feedback from groups and discussion in plenary (30 mins)
  4. Concluding remarks (10 mins)

Background to the discussion
This session will discuss experience with the implementation of three legislative strategies adopted by different countries that aim to improve corporate responsibility to respect human rights.
Brazilian regulation establishes that the Labour Ministry shall periodically disclose a list with information on the employers found using slave labour – the so-called “dirty list”. The regulation does not impose due diligence obligations. However, financial institutions, voluntarily, consider it in their decisions to extend credit, pressing companies to adopt higher supply chain monitoring and screening standards.
The EU Nonfinancial Reporting Directive (NFRD) and UK Modern Slavery Act (MSA) require certain companies to disclose information about their human rights due diligence. NFRD requires  companies to disclose their human rights policies and risks roughly in line with the definition in the UN Guiding Principles, while UK MSA requires companies to produce a statement setting out the steps they are taking to address slavery in their operations and supply chains. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and its partners created an open central registry to host modern slavery statements. The analysis of these statements indicates that there is still a long way to go to achieve good reporting. The session will also present first findings about the quality of companies’ disclosure pursuant to the NFRD carried out by the Alliance for Corporate Transparency.
The French duty of vigilance law requires large companies to develop and disclose a plan that identifies and addresses human rights and environmental impacts including in the activities of their subsidiaries and established suppliers. The law also stipulates that this new obligation establishes a duty of care owed to the victims of violations that an adequate vigilance plan could effectively prevent or mitigate. Similar legislation is currently being considered by the Swiss Parliament in response to the successful public initiative.

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Phil Bloomer

Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Speakers
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Patricia Carrier

Project Manager, Modern Slavery Registry, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
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Filip Gregor

Purpose of the Corporation Project, Frank Bold
Filip Gregor represents Frank Bold in the Steering Group of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice. Filip co-founded and helps to run the Purpose of the Corporation Project, a strategic open-source platform for a debate on the role of the corporation in society and the future... Read More →
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Lorenz Isler

Sustainability Manager, IKEA Group
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Laurent Lhopitallier

Corporate Social Responsibility, Sanofi
Laurent LHOPITALLIER, is in charge of Sanofi's duty of vigilance plan. Laurent joined Sanofi in 2013 as part of the global CSR team. Previously a consultant with Deloitte, Laurent has led global assignments in designing sustainability strategies, in embedding Human Rights in business... Read More →
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Joana Nabuco

Officer of Development and Socio-Environmental Rights Program, Conectas Human Rights


Wednesday November 28, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am
Room XX

10:00am

What do “Protect, Respect, Remedy” mean in practice in conflict contexts
Interpretation is provided into English , French and Spanish

This Forum session led by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights will address new ways to strengthen corporate respect for human rights in conflict and post-conflict contexts. It is part of the consultation process for a Working Group project that will lead to recommendations to governments and business enterprises in a report to the UN Human Rights Council in 2020.

The project will address implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in all stages of conflict, from prevention to post-conflict, including transitional justice. It will cover all three pillars of the Guiding Principles:
- the State duty to protect against business-related human rights abuse
- the corporate responsibility to respect human rights
- the need for access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuse



Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Gerald Pachoud

Managing partner, Pluto & Associates
Gerald Pachoud is advising the UN Working Group's project on business and human rights in conflict and post-conflict contexts.Gerald is a global public policy expert with significant experience of the landscape and the trends in business and society that affect the corporate responsibility... Read More →
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Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Anita Ramasastry is the Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School Of Law. She researches and teaches in the fields of law and development, anti-corruption, international... Read More →

Speakers
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John Katsos

Law and Ethics Scholar, American University of Sharjah School of Business Administration
Business in conflict contexts. Advancing peace through human rights promotion.
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Maria Prandi

Coordinator, Network on Business, Conflict and Human Rights
The BCHR Network brings together researchers, practitioners and NGO representatives from various fields with the aim of researching and analysing the role of business in conflict situations as well as the violations of human and peoples’ rights and other social and environmental... Read More →
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Jamie Williamson

Executive Director, ICOCA


Wednesday November 28, 2018 10:00am - 11:20am
Room XXI

10:00am

Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Asia
Interpretation is provided in English and Chinese.

Session led by UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and UNDP

This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in different regions of the world.
The aim is to facilitate peer learning and multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned. Innovative ideas shall be showcased with a view to scale up emerging good practices and reinforce a race to the top among governments and businesses in the Asia region.

This interactive session will be divided in two parts:
After a brief scene setting from civil society and business representatives, Part I will present key examples of how Governments in the Region are promoting business respect for Human Rights. Representatives of the Governments of Thailand, India, Indonesia, Vietnam among others, will illustrate how they are setting expectations for companies to carry out human rights due diligence (HRDD), changing corporate laws to promote responsible business conduct, creating incentives through public procurement, and taking steps to ensure a bouquet of remedies is available to victims.
In Part II, several inspiring ideas on how to turn HRDD from paper to practice will be presented in TED-Style snapshot sessions. After interaction with the participants, mobile technology will be used to survey the opinion of those present. This will involve solutions considered most innovative, most impactful and worth replicating in other contexts. Initiatives most inspiring and innovative will be given additional dedicated space to illustrate their impact in the two Regional Forums on Business and Human Rights (for South Asia and Southeast Asia) planned for the first half of 2019.  

Program
  • Opening/setting the scene (30 mins)
  • Part I: Fostering Government Leadership to Set Expectations for Companies to Respect Human Rights (60 mins)
  • Break (15 mins)
  • Part II:  Pitch Deck: Innovative and Inspiring Solutions to take the UNGPs from Paper to Practice: Snapshot sessions (5 minutes each) followed by Qs and As (80 minutes) through mobile technology to survey their opinion on the innovative value, replicability and scalability of the initiatives 
    • Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact: FPIC Policies into action
    • Caux RT/ANA: Technology to monitor supply chains, Japan  
    • UN Global Compact Network Indonesia: HRDD in the Agri-Food Business Sector
    • Terre des Hommes: Multi stakeholder partnerships to end child labour
    • China Labor Watch: Access to Remedy for workers, China
    • Earth Rights International: NGOs and NHRIs monitoring HR abuses by outbound investments, SEA
    • University of Sussex: National employment injury insurance (EII) schemes in Bangladesh and Pakistan
    • FORUM ASIA: Good practices and possible collective actions to counter legal harassment of Human Rights Defenders

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Harpreet Kaur

UNDP - Asia Pacific
Harpreet Kaur is a Business and Human Rights Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangkok Regional Hub. Prior to this Harpreet lead the Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership at Ashoka University in India, where she steered the agenda on ‘Women, Workplace... Read More →
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Sean Lees

Business and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP
Sean Lees is a Business and Human Rights Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangkok Regional Hub. Prior to his work at UNDP, Sean worked on Asia-Pacific trade and investment policy at the Pacific Basin Economic Council and the East-West Center (1994-1996... Read More →
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Livio Sarandrea

Programme Specialist On Rule Of Law, UNDP
Livio Sarandrea, is the Chief Adviser and Manager of UNDP’s project: “Business and Human Rights in Asia promoting Responsible Business practices through regional partnerships (B+HR Asia)” which is operational in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and... Read More →

Speakers
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Surya Deva

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Surya Deva is an Associate Professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong. He holds BA (Hons), LLB and LLM from the University of Delhi and a PhD from Sydney Law School, and has taught previously at the University of Delhi and at the National Law Institute University... Read More →
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Binota Dhamai

Executive Member, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
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Jiang Hui

Vice-President, China Chamber of Commerce of Metal, Minerals and Chemicals
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Hiroshi Ishida

Executive Director, Caux Round Table Japan
Hiroshi Ishida is the Executive Director of the Caux Round Table Japan (CRT Japan).He taught at the Institute of Business and Accounting, Kwansei Gakuin University between 2005 and March 2014, where he served as promoted to Professor on April 2013. He also taught at Aoyama Gakuin... Read More →
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Y.W. Junardy

President, Global Compact Network Indonesia
Y.W. Junardy is the Deputy President Commissioner of PT Rajawali Corpora, an Indonesian national holding investment Company operating in diverse industries i.e. hotel & property, land and air transportation, plantation, mining, infrastructure and IT Services.Prior to his current position... Read More →
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Elaine Lu

Program Officer, China Labor Watch
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Chao MA

Deputy Division Chief, China Enterprise Confederation
Ma ChaoDeputy Section Chief, Employers Department, China Enterprise ConfederationFor 15 years, he is involving and responsible for international cooperation projects with ILO, IOE, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNGC, National Employers Organizations such as NHO(Norway), VCCI(Vietnam),APINDO(Indonesia... Read More →
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Bobbie Sta Maria

Director for Labour Rights and Asia, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
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Thanh Tu Nguyen

Director General, Ministry of Justice, Government of Vietnam
Mr. Tu Thanh Nguyen (Nguyễn Thanh Tú) is Director General of the Department of Civil and Economic Laws, Ministry of Justice of Vietnam. He holds the degrees of: Doctor of Laws (Lund University, Sweden), Licentiate of Laws (Lund University, Sweden), Master of Laws (Lund University... Read More →
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Rebecca Prentice

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Sussex
Rebecca Prentice is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. She is author of the report, Workers’ Right to Compensation after Garment Factory Disasters: Making Rights a Reality (2018), and co-editor, with Geert... Read More →
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Benny Agus Prima

Human Rights Defenders Programme Officer, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
Benny has been working at human rights defenders programme of FORUM-ASIA since 2016. He holds LLM degree in public international law from the University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to joining human rights defenders programme of FORUM-ASIA, he was working on ASEAN human rights advocacy... Read More →
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Somn Promaros

Director-General of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, Ministry of Justice, Thailand
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Natthakanya Saengpho

National Human Rights Commission of Thailand
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Wora Suk

Earth Rights International
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Vidya Tikoo

Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.
A sustainable business expert, can work out strategies for businesses and conglomerates. Have worked in the areas of environment, transportation, human rights, occupational health, safety, supply chain linked with sustainability of businesses
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Tirza Voss

Technical Adviser - Private Sector, Terre des Hommes
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Andika Wahab

Fellow IKMAS
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Prabianto Mukti Wibowo

Deputy Assistant Minister for Forestry, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Indonesia


Wednesday November 28, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Room XVII

11:40am

Leading by example? Using government trade promotion and development finance as levers for human rights due diligence
Interpretation is provided into English, French and Spanish

Organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief description of the session: 

This Forum session led by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights will feature presentations by Governments that have been taking steps toward integrating the Guiding Principles in the areas of trade, investment promotion and development policy. It will address lessons learned and ways forward for more States to follow.

Background to the discussion: 

States act as gatekeepers when they provide much needed support to businesses by providing finance and advisory services aimed at expanding export and investment opportunities. As gatekeepers, States can use their leverage to promote a race to the top by setting out clearly the expectation that businesses respect human rights as a precondition for receiving government support for export and investment activities. States can also promote responsible imports by restricting the flow of goods in supply chains that involve serious human rights abuses. Beyond incentivizing business respect for human rights through such “economic diplomacy” tools, a related area concerns the need to embed business respect for human rights in the context of private sector engagement in development policy and cooperation. With the private sector envisaged to play a significant role in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, and with private sector development becoming an increasingly central part of development cooperation, the latter aspect is in many ways the ‘next frontier’ for the business and human rights agenda.
In essence, all these policy areas need to align with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Specifically, Guiding Principle 4, which sets forth the expectation that States should take additional steps to protect against human rights abuses by business enterprises that receive substantial support and services from State agencies including, where appropriate, by requiring human rights due diligence. The commentary to Guiding Principle 4 indicates that if State agencies do not explicitly consider the actual and potential adverse impacts on human rights of beneficiary enterprises, they put themselves at risk and may add to the human rights challenges faced by the recipient State.

Format of the session:
  • Introduction by the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights member, Anita Ramasastry
  • Snapshot presentations on innovations and lessons learned
  • Open stakeholder discussion on the way forward
Background documents:
UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights: Report on “economic diplomacy” as a tool for States to promote corporate respect for human rights
UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights: Report on the state of play of corporate human rights due diligence in all sectors worldwide
 UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights: 10 key recommendations for embedding human rights in the private sector's envisaged contribution to the SDGs.


Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Anita Ramasastry is the Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School Of Law. She researches and teaches in the fields of law and development, anti-corruption, international... Read More →

Speakers
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Alva Bruun

Senior adviser, human rights, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Alva is Senior Adviser at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Her main duties lie within the business human rights-sphere, in the Political Department as well as the Department for Development Policy. She's overseeing various of the ministry's projects implemented with the... Read More →
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Lundeg Purevsuren

Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva
Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Mongolia
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Githa Roelans

Head, Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit. Enterprises Department, International Labour Organization (ILO)
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Camilla Røssaak

Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
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Cristina Tebar-Less

Acting Head of the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct, OECD
Cristina Tébar Less is the Head of the OECD Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Unit , which supports governments in the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, provides the Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct and the... Read More →


Wednesday November 28, 2018 11:40am - 1:00pm
Room XXI

3:00pm

Leading by example? State-owned enterprises’ performance on human rights due diligence
http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/human-rights-council/forum-on-business-and-human-rights/watch/panel-on-leading-by-example-forum-on-business-and-human-rights-2018/5972671032001/?term=

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 →

Speakers
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Tyler Gillard

Head of Sector Projects and Legal Adviser in the Responsible Business Conduct Unit of the OECD’s Investment Division, OECD
Tyler Gillard is the Head of Sector Projects and Senior Legal Adviser in the Responsible Business Conduct Unit of the OECD’s Investment Division. He leads the OECD’s work on due diligence in the financial, textiles, mining & metals, oil & gas and agriculture sectors. Tyler joined... Read More →
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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
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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
Room XX

5:00pm

Plenary III: Summing up and looking ahead

http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/human-rights-council/forum-on-business-and-human-rights/watch/plenary-iii-forum-on-business-and-human-rights-2018/5972698700001

Description
The Forum will conclude with statements by key stakeholder constituencies to:
  • Highlight key messages from Forum discussions on how to advance corporate respect for human rights and make human rights due diligence part of standard business practice.
  • Reiterate the most critical gaps and challenges as well as the most promising innovations, emerging practices and collective action efforts.
  • Hear calls for action from diverse stakeholders on the need for speeding and scaling up implementation of all three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“Protect, Respect and Remedy”).
The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights that guides and chairs the Forum will wrap up the event by sharing their reflections on key takeaways and implications for the way forward for all stakeholders, including by taking stock of progress toward their “2020 roadmap” presented at the closing of the 2017 Forum.

Key references

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 →

Speakers
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Maria Cristina Figueroa Bouriyu

Co-chair, Indigenous Caucus
Under her leadership, the association Alaulayu Apushi, saw the formal socialization of thecommunities of the south of La Guajira corresponding to 12 reserves (‘resguardos’), 16 indigenoussettlements of the municipalities of Hatonuevo, Barrancas, and the dialogue with indigenousauthorities... Read More →
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Sharan Burrow

General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Sharan Burrow was re-elected for a third term as General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) at its World Congress in December  2018.  A passionate advocate and campaigner for social justice, women’s rights, the environment and labour law reforms... Read More →
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Danilo Chammas

Lawyer, Justiça nos Trilhos
Danilo Chammas is a lawyer and human rights defender who lives in Maranhão, a state of dense Amazon rainforest in northeastern Brazil. He coordinates the legal team of Justiça nos Trilhos (Justice on the Rails), which works to defend the human rights of those impacted by mining... Read More →
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Surya Deva

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Surya Deva is an Associate Professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong. He holds BA (Hons), LLB and LLM from the University of Delhi and a PhD from Sydney Law School, and has taught previously at the University of Delhi and at the National Law Institute University... Read More →
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Elżbieta Karska

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Elżbieta Karska is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Protection of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and the Director of the Institute of International Law, European Union and International Relations at the Faculty of Law and Administration, Cardinal... Read More →
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Mthunzi Mdwaba

CEO, TZoro IBC
Mthunzi Perry-Mason Mdwaba is an entrepreneur, businessman, executive and passionate advocate for business in all its diverse forms and across developing and developed nations. He is a fierce defender of skills development, the conditions required for sustainable enter-prises and... Read More →
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Githu Muigai

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Githu Muigai is current Associate Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, University of Nairobi; Chairman at the Council of Legal Education in Kenya; and Senior Partner, Mohammed & Muigai Advocates. He previously served as a Commissioner with the former Constitution of Kenya... Read More →
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Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Anita Ramasastry is the Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School Of Law. She researches and teaches in the fields of law and development, anti-corruption, international... Read More →


Wednesday November 28, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room XX