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Raising corporate social responsibility higher on EU agenda

Ministry for Foreign Affairs 2.12.2019 9.42
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Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union will organise a conference Business and Human Rights: Towards a Common Agenda for Action in Brussels on Monday 2 December. The conference will discuss how businesses can better promote human rights in their operations.
Photo: Sera Martikainen, Prime Minister's Office

Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union will organise a conference entitled Business and Human Rights: Towards a Common Agenda for Action in Brussels on Monday 2 December. The conference will discuss how businesses can better promote human rights in their operations.

Minister of Employment Timo Harakka will open the conference. The keynote speaker of the event will be Professor John Ruggie, the author of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Johanna Sumuvuori, State Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, will also attend the conference.

A conference statement on an EU Agenda for Action will be published at the end of the event, with concrete proposals on how the EU should promote corporate social responsibility.

The conference participants represent businesses, civil society, labour market organisations, the EU and international organisations, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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