Business and Human Rights Series

Together with the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights, we have been conducting events in the D.C. area to raise awareness in the business and legal communities about the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, discuss key business and human rights issues, and showcase efforts to promote responsible business conduct.

The Role of Trade Associations in Promoting Human Rights, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

The Role of Trade Associations in Promoting Human Rights, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

21 June, 2017

A panel of experts examined the role of trade associations in promoting human rights, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

The U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct: Initial Reflections on the Way Here and the Road Ahead

The U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct: Initial Reflections on the Way Here and the Road Ahead

12 January, 2017

Speakers offered insights and expertise on the National Action Plan to promote responsible business conduct expertise, specifically regarding the NAP development process, its outcomes, and next steps to implement the plan.

Companies and Climate Change: Legal Liability and Human Rights Challenges After Paris/COP21

Companies and Climate Change: Legal Liability and Human Rights Challenges After Paris/COP21

05 May, 2016

Experts addressed human rights issues related to climate change, as well as the assessment of companies' risks regarding climate change.

FIFA & The World Cup

FIFA & The World Cup

28 July, 2015

Panelists explored whether the era of impunity for corruption and widespread human rights violations was coming to an end.

Business and Human Rights: Trends, Challenges, and the Road Ahead

Business and Human Rights: Trends, Challenges, and the Road Ahead

23 April, 2015

Panelists examined trends and recurring challenges associated with the responsibility of business enterprises to respect human rights. Attendees also received training on integrating human rights into business operations and practices.

Mega Sporting Events: Examining the World Cup and the Olympics from a Business and Human Rights Perspective

Mega Sporting Events: Examining the World Cup and the Olympics from a Business and Human Rights Perspective

09 December, 2014

Corporate, government and civil society representatives discussed Mega Sporting Events, including bidding processes, sponsorships, and the human rights implications of these events.

Doing Business in Burma: Human Rights Risks and Reporting Requirements

Doing Business in Burma: Human Rights Risks and Reporting Requirements

15 July, 2014

Experts shared their insights into the lifted economic sanctions on resource-rich Burma, as well as how the Reporting Requirements guide companies and their attorneys in assessing and managing the risks that accompany new investment in Burma.

The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist, with Christine Bader

The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist, with Christine Bader

01 May, 2014

In this book talk, Christine Bader shared her experiences with British Petroleum (BP) and her work alongside Professor John Ruggie during the development of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Business and Human Rights: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Business and Human Rights: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

15 May, 2014

Legal practitioners in the field of business and human rights and corporate social responsibility discussed lessons learned on how companies can successfully develop human rights policies.

How is the Global Business Community Responding to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Three Years After Its Adoption?

How is the Global Business Community Responding to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Three Years After Its Adoption?

06 February, 2014

Panelists shared insights about impediments in implementing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, corporate best practices for human rights, and the likely impact the Guiding Principles will have in the years to come.