Sunday, November 25, 2018

Event - United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights

This event will take place on November 26-28, 2018, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The central theme for the 2018 Forum will be: "Business respect for human rights – building on what works".

PROGRAMME

Monday, November 26

8:00am Conversation with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

9:00am Corporate human rights due diligence – state of play and way forward Voices from the ground Academic Networks in Conversation with Business and Human Rights Stakeholders

9:30am Introduction to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

11:00am Opening plenary

1:30pm Snapshot: Driving human rights due diligence through law - Lessons from the first year of application of the law: major challenges and recommendations for companies Human rights due diligence in the world of sport What do “Protect, Respect, Remedy” mean in practice for responsible tax conduct? A special focus on women's rights Labour rights and human rights due diligence Driving human rights performance from the top in the mining sector – the role of the board and investors

1:45pm Snapshot: Managing risks at the operational level ; lessons from Vinci in Qatar

2:00pm Snapshot: Lead and deploy the vigilance approach: a challenge for large companies; lessons from BNP and Orange

2:15pm Snapshot: The French Duty of Vigilance - Lessons learned and Guidance on Vigilance Plans

2:30pm Snapshot: Human rights due diligence: practices in the supply chain. Findings from a cross-sectoral study.

2:45pm Snapshot: Documenting Human Rights Due Diligence- Operational-level human rights impacts assessments

3:00pm Snapshot: Employer Association Relations - Need to Document Human Rights Due Diligence Are States making progress on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? Challenges, innovations and lessons learned from implementation Integrating indigenous peoples rights in human rights due diligence: what does it mean in practice? What human rights responsibilities apply to businesses with respect to climate change? Disruptive technology I: what does artificial intelligence mean for human rights due diligence

3:15pm Snapshot: Employer Association Collaboration - Documenting Human Rights Due Diligence

3:30pm Snapshot: Investor Relations - Need to Document Human Rights Due Diligence

3:45pm Snapshot: Investor Relations - ICT Company Documenting Human Rights Due Diligence

4:00pm Snapshot: B2B Relations - Need to Document Human Rights Due Diligence

4:15pm Snapshot: B2B Relations – Mutual Documentation of Human Rights Due Diligence

4:40pm Human Rights in International Supply Chains - Where is the disconnect? Are States making progress on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? Challenges, innovations and lessons learned from implementation Connecting child rights and human rights due diligence in practice How can climate actions respect rights & contribute to peacebuilding in the transition to a green economy? Disruptive technology II: What does automation mean for human rights due diligence?

6:15pm Breathless – Documentary How indigenous people can "renew" renewable energies Forum debate: Are tech companies a threat to human rights? Special film screening with Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi: The Price of Free

Tuesday, November 27

8:15am Snapshot: Exiting responsibly - Respect for human rights in circumstances of urgent exit

8:30am Snapshot: New insights. Projects from BHR Young researchers (I) Human rights due diligence approaches for safeguarding migrant workers Building coherence on essential elements of human rights due diligence Crowd-drafting: Designing a human rights-compatible international investment agreement Human rights due diligence in practice in the ICT sector

8:45am Snapshot: New insights. Projects from BHR Young researchers (II)

9:00am Snapshot: New insights? Labour governance in the garment industry

9:15am Snapshot: New insights After Rana-Plaza: Business, Labor, and Global Supply Chains in Bangladesh

9:30am Snapshot: Human Rights Due Diligence in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

9:45am Snapshot: Samsung - Human rights due diligence across the supply chain – Experiences from practice

10:00am Snapshot: Human rights due diligence across the supply chain – Experiences from practice Plenary II: Building coherence and reaching scale on human rights due diligence – International organizations' leadership perspectives

10:15am Snapshot: How can business association promote human rights due diligence. Experiences from Japan

10:30am Snapshot: Human rights due diligence - Challenges and business pathways (case of the project operator)

10:45am Snapshot: Strengthening human rights due diligence with in-depth assessment and radical transparency

11:00am Snapshot: Human rights due diligence in a large supply chain

11:15am Snapshot: Human rights due diligence - Building on what works in a global supply chain. An overview of risk assessment

11:30am Snapshot: Human rights due diligence across supply chain starts with due diligence with internal stakeholder groups Role of NHRIs in facilitating access to remedy for business-related human rights impacts Human rights due diligence across value chains - addressing systemic challenges Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Africa Safeguarding human rights defenders: new efforts and tackling growing threats

11:45am Snapshot: Konica Minolta - What motivates this global technology company’s commitment to human rights and what outcomes have been achieved – experiences from practice

12:00pm Snapshot: Human rights-based sustainable fisheries: an experience from the Thai Tuna Industry

12:15pm Snapshot: From commitment to action - Advancing decent work in global supply chains with SAP Ariba

12:30pm Snapshot: How investing in basic sanitation can help guarantee women’s rights: a case study from Brazil

12:45pm Snapshot: #Metoo and She too– Addressing sexual abuse and other gender-specific violations

1:00pm Snapshot: Gender, corporate due diligence, access to justice and indigenous women human rights defenders – Case study from Asia

1:30pm Due diligence and remedy: Is one possible without the other? Reinforcing the importance of human rights due diligence for realizing the SDGs Accountability and building trust on corporate engagement on rights of LGBTI people Connecting human rights due diligence and business lawyers: overcoming practical challenges Update on the process to elaborate a legally binding instrument

3:00pm Snapshot: New insights? The impacts of the UN Guiding Principles and the OECD Guidelines Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in "Western Europe and Others" region (WEOG) Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Eastern Europe Developing a gender lens to business and human rights Addressing “modern slavery” in supply chains – Company responses

3:15pm Snapshot: The use of the Universal Period Review (UPR) mechanism as a tool to prevent Business related human rights abuses

3:30pm Snapshot: New insights? When causation, contribution, and direct link overlap: UNGP implementation in “complex complicity” scenarios

3:45pm Snapshot: Corporate responsibility to respect human rights in situations of occupation

4:00pm Snapshot: Building Trust between Human Rights Defenders and Financial Actors

4:15pm Snapshot: NHRIs and Business: Working Together to Advance Human Rights

4:30pm Snapshot: Children’s Rights and Business Atlas: Harnessing the power of data in risk and impact assessments.

4:40pm Accountability and remedy: exploring the interconnectedness of different types of grievance mechanisms Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Developing a gender lens to business and human rights Government responses to modern slavery and child labour in supply chains

4:45pm Snapshot: Economic evidence for civic rights protection

5:00pm Snapshot: Roles of the youth in moving forward the UNGPs

5:15pm Snapshot: Experiences from practice - Effective multi-stakeholder models working against child labour

5:30pm Snapshot: The impact of extractive activities in Honduras on the rights of indigenous peoples

5:45pm Snapshot: The contribution of the indigenous Papuan community to promote respect of the rights of indigenous peoples

6:00pm Snapshot: The implications of Indigenous Peoples’ FPIC Protocols and Policies for business respect for human rights

6:15pm Snapshot: Upholding the right to participate in environmental matters for affected communities: Mexico’s Supreme Court ruling in the Sonora case Protecting human rights in Public Policy: What Role for Business? Documentary - Combatting modern slavery in supply chains - Lessons from two sectoral campaigns Human Rights and Business Award – Human rights defenders in the Global South

Wednesday, November 28

8:30am Investing in the Human Right to Housing Leading by example? Procurement as lever for human rights due diligence Elements of effective human rights due diligence regulation: lessons from legal developments Human rights due diligence in practice in the global food and beverages sector Human rights due diligence in practice in the oil & gas sector

10:00am Accountability and Remedy: human rights due diligence and corporate legal liability Engaging and safeguarding workers across value chains: identifying good practice approaches What do “Protect, Respect, Remedy” mean in practice in conflict contexts How can benchmarks, rating agencies and ESG researchers drive more and better human rights due diligence Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Asia

11:40am Community engagement for HRIAs in challenging contexts: a round table discussion Leading by example? Using government trade promotion and development finance as levers for human rights due diligence How can investors drive more and better human rights due diligence? Labour union perspectives on ways to scale up effective human rights due diligence

1:00pm Understanding Business Impact on Children—Presenting the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas

1:30pm Scaling up human rights due diligence through the use of blockchain What works? Investigating the relationship between business practices and outcomes for people Addressing human rights impacts of toxic substances: challenges and human rights due diligence across sectors with a deep dive on the electronics industry Human rights due diligence in practice in the commodities trading sector Human rights due diligence in practice in the tourism sector

3:00pm New perspectives on overcoming hurdles for parent company liability? Widening uptake of the UNGPs: a spotlight on SMEs Leading by example? State-owned enterprises’ performance on human rights due diligence Toward meaningful corporate human rights reporting? Human rights due diligence in practice in the banking sector

5:00pm Plenary III: Summing up and looking ahead

Speakers

Michelle Bachelet Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Guy Ryder International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General

Sharan Burrow International Trade Union Confederation General Secretary

Tania Cosentino Schneider Electric Senior Vice President of Customer Satisfaction & Quality

Kate Gilmore Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Gary J. Goldberg Newmont Mining Corporation Chief Executive Officer

Lise Kingo UN Global Compact CEO & Executive Director

Masamichi Kono The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Deputy Secretary-General

Mthunzi Mdwaba TZoro IBC CEO

Angkhana Neelapaijit National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) Commissioner

Phyllis Omido Center for justice governance and environmental action grassroots environmental activist and co- founder

Patrick Pouyanne TOTAL S.A. Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer

Leonardo Sakamoto UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Member of the Board of Trustees

Kailash Satyarthi Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Jeannette von Wolfersdorff Schiess Santiago Securities Exchange (Bolsa de Santiago) Director of the Board and President of the Committee of Corporate...

Haoliang Xu United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Asia...

Dante Pesce UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights Chairperson

Surya Deva UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights Vice-chairperson

Elżbieta Karska UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights Member

Githu Muigai UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights Member

Anita Ramasastry UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights Member

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