Business and Human Rights: Towards a Common Agenda for Action

This multi-stakeholder conference, organised with the support of Shift, is set to discuss business and human rights and, in particular, a collaborative and constructive way forward on this critical agenda.

Since the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011, we have seen an increase in debate about business respect for human rights. The expectations at business and state level to ensure that companies respect human rights and that the most vulnerable, including human-rights defenders, can have access to justice, are clear. The question remains: How do we most effectively advance implementation on EU level?

The keynote speaker of the event will be Professor John Ruggie, the author of the UN Guiding Principles. The event will be attended by Minister of Employment, Mr Timo Harakka and State Secretary Ms Johanna Sumuvuori. Key topics will include state financing for doing business abroad, the role of regulatory measures as part of a mix of measures, and the use of collective leverage and cooperation to enhance human rights outcomes particularly for those most vulnerable to harm, especially human rights defenders. The outcome document of the Conference and Agenda for Action will be launched by the chair of the Conference.

The registrations are now closed, as the venue can accommodate only a limited amount of guests of 200 people and the aim is to ensure broad and balanced participation across all stakeholder groups, we regret not being able to accommodate all on the waiting list. The event will be streamed and the link will be available through these webpages.  All participants will receive an e-mail on the 22.11 with the final programme and information about the arrival procedure during the day.

The Finnish government is partnering with Shift since 2018 in many of its business and human rights related activities.

Contact: Ville Ikävalko, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Location: Sofitel Hotel, Bryssel






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