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Monday, November 26

1:30pm CET

Snapshot: Driving human rights due diligence through law - Lessons from the first year of application of the law: major challenges and recommendations for companies

Brief description of the presentation:
The French duty of vigilance law has operationalized the United Nations Guiding Principles by creating a new legal obligation for large French companies to implement a vigilance plan (risk mapping, risk management, warning systems and monitoring systems) to prevent serious violations of human rights and the environment, and to publish this plan in their annual reports. 2018 was the first year that companies published their vigilance plans. EDH has released a study on the first vigilance plans to show the first trends in the application of the French law by the companies concerned and to identify application challenges for the companies in order to accompany them in their approaches.

Presentation objectives:
This presentation aims to discuss the main results and global recommendations on the management and monitoring of the approach, including on risk identification, alert systems and public reporting.


Françoise Guichard

President, EDH
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Charlotte Michon

Executive Officer, EDH
French Business & Human Rights and duty of vigilance consultant: I support French international companies in the formalization of their global human rights approaches, and in particular in the implementation of due diligence processes as required by the French law and international... Read More →

Monday November 26, 2018 1:30pm - 1:45pm CET

1:45pm CET

Snapshot: Managing risks at the operational level ; lessons from Vinci in Qatar
Brief description of the presentation:
The French duty of vigilance law requires parent companies to identify and manage human-rights risks. How to take into account the highly operational nature of human rights issues and provide appropriate responses on the ground? This session is a case study as to how companies and international trade unions can work together collaboratively to address human rights risks at the country level in Qatar and find solutions in cases where human risks have risen.

Presentation objectives:
This presentation aims to provide a practical example of human rights risks management at a country level: Vinci’s risk management of living and working conditions in Qatar.

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Jin Sook Lee

Global Campaign Director, Building and Wood Workers’ International
Jin Sook Lee is the Global Campaign Director of the Building and Wood Workers’ International a global union federation with a membership of 12 million in the construction and building materials, wood and forestry, allied sectors in over 140 countries. As Global Campaign Director... Read More →
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Sarah Tesei

Human Rights and Social Innovation Director, Vinci

Monday November 26, 2018 1:45pm - 2:00pm CET

2:00pm CET

Snapshot: Lead and deploy the vigilance approach: a challenge for large companies; lessons from BNP and Orange

Brief description of the presentation:
The French law applies to large companies with international activities. It requires the implementation of a global risk prevention process (identification, evaluation, management and monitoring) covering different thematic areas within the company. How can we lead the process, promote cross-functionality and involve all stakeholders?

Presentation objectives:
This presentation aims to give two examples of companies for the deployment of an effective approach within large groups of companies: the example of Orange on how to work together and to build a shared vision; and the example of BNP Paribas on how to support the process through appropriate training actions.

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Emmanuelle Bru

Head of Stakeholders dialogue and Human rights issues, BNP Paribas
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Yves Nissim

VP Head of transformation and operation in CSR, Orange
Yves is deputy Chief CSR Officer of the Orange Group. His main field of expertise is Group CSR transformation, CSR reporting for the Group, stake holder dialogue and Human rights. He has carried Stake holder dialogue based on Orange CSR Strategy, in the main countries of the Orange... Read More →

Monday November 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm CET
Tuesday, November 27

12:00pm CET

Snapshot: Human rights-based sustainable fisheries: an experience from the Thai Tuna Industry

Brief description of the presentation:
The session will highlight the efforts made by the Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA) to turn the industry towards a human rights-based sustainable business within a short period of time.

Presentation objectives: 
The presentation will share insights from TTIA efforts of applying requirements for member companies to comply with TTIA policies, covering aspects related to food safety, sustainability and ethical labour practice. It will also address lessons from applying stakeholder engagement and third party audits approaches aimed at creating a sustainable fisheries sector in Thailand. The goal is highlight lessons learned that can be replicated and inspire others in the region and beyond.

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Chanintr Chalisarapong

President of Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA) and Chairman of Thai Tuna Processors Group of TFPA, Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA)
Thai Tuna Industry Association our policy is to promote "Growing Sustainably" through Food Safely, Sustainability and Ethical Standard.

Tuesday November 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm CET
Wednesday, November 28

8:30am CET

Elements of effective human rights due diligence regulation: lessons from legal developments

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
Phil Bloomer is Executive Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a digital action platform that empowers human rights advocates in civil society, business, and government.The website attracts 4 million visits each year; tracks the human rights performance of over 9,000... Read More →

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Patricia Carrier

Project Manager, Modern Slavery Registry, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Sustainability professional focusing on due diligence activities
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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 →

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 CET
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