Human rights due diligence [clear filter]
Monday, November 26

4:40pm CET

Connecting child rights and human rights due diligence in practice
Interpretation is provided into Spanish

Organized by UNICEF

Short description and session objectives:
This session will explore different methods of conducting human rights due diligence with consideration of children’s rights and voice, and the role of different stakeholders in making this happen including investors, governments, companies and UN agencies. The session will consider both challenges and solutions to the integration of child rights into business processes by engaging the audience in an interactive and participatory manner.  

Interactive discussion between main panel speakers and different interventions from the floor representing different perspectives and voices.

Background to the discussion:
The focus of the session is to emphasize the need for companies to take specific measures to understand and address their potential impacts on groups and communities that may be at heightened risk of vulnerability or marginalization. Children are often the most vulnerable population, requiring specific attention to guarantee respect for their human rights. It is possible that one business activity might not impact the rights of adults, but the same activity could adversely impact the rights of a child. Despite this, children have not been adequately considered by business. Companies’ consideration of their impact on child rights is often relegated to the issue of child labour or community investment, yet the impacts of business on children extend to such aspects as product design and advertising, the behaviour of staff towards children, and children’s rights in the supply chain, and the ways that companies operate in the wider community. Moreover, children are usually less well placed to advocate for their own interests and may be silenced within their households or communities. Unless companies make dedicated efforts to understand the risks they pose to child rights, and engage child rights advocates – children may be at risk of exclusion from companies’ human rights due diligence and stakeholder engagement processes.

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Chloe Poynton

Co-Founder and Principal, Article One
Chloe is a Principal at Article One, a business & human rights consulting firm that works with companies, institutions, and state agencies to develop and implement strategies to promote corporate respect for human rights.

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Francisco Barbosa

Presidential Adviser on Human Rights, Government of Colombia
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Jaap Bartels

Save the Children
Child Rights & Business advisor with expertise on how to integrate human rights, and specifically children’s rights, by means of innovative and tailor-made projects for and with companies throughout international value chains. Thereby preventing, mitigating and remediating adverse... Read More →

Teresa Fogelberg

Deputy Chief Executive, GRI
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Ines Kaempfer

Executive Director, CCR CSR
The Center for Child-Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR) has been a pioneer in advising businesses on child rights since 2009. Our team has extensive experience and expertise in helping companies improve, develop and implement sustainability strategies, programs and... Read More →
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Andrew Mawson

Chief of the Child Rights and Business, UNICEF
Andrew Mawson is the Chief of the Child Rights and Business. He leads UNICEF’s work on addressing the impact of business on children, also known as child rights and business. This has four major child impact themes: global supply chains and workplaces, marketing and advertising... Read More →

Wilhelm Mohn

Head of Sustainability Initiatives, Ownership Strategies, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM)

Heidi Oliveira

Global Human Rights, Mars, Incorporated
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Julia Olofsson

Global Human and Child Rights Manager, Ingka Group
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Jazz SinghKhaira

Global Manager, Worker and Community Development, VF Corporation
Driving sustainable development through business. Talk to me about; Child Rights, Garment and Apparel Supply Chains, Reaching the Deeper Supply Chain.

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

4:40pm CET

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...

Beate Andrees

Chief Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, ILO

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Iona Ebben

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

Peter Hall

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

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

Legal Director, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Makbule is leading the ITUC’s work on international labour standards and human rights mechanisms, litigation in regional and national courts, business and human rights, labour law and the ITUC Global Rights Index.
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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 CET

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