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Monday, November 25 • 15:00 - 16:20
Do companies prefer State action or inaction when it comes to promoting business respect for human rights - Stories from the frontline of businesses calling for action

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Interpretation provided in English, French and Spanish

Session externally organized by Pillar Two, Article One, UN Global Compact, Global Compact Network Kenya, Global Compact Network Australia, Global Compact Network Thailand, Global Compact Network Brazil, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and the International Organization of Employers.

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights talk about the importance of governments not assuming that businesses always prefer state inaction to action on business respect for human rights. There are very good reasons for business to support policy evolution and regulation around respect for human rights, including to ensure that there are clear expectations for their conduct, a more level playing field and a framework for the provision of concrete support for business on how to meet growing stakeholder expectations.

The session will explore, through practical examples, why business sees value in pushing for regulatory and policy reform and the methods they have used to achieve reform. The session will include up to four companies from different geographical regions explaining why they chose to actively support a policy or regulatory change and how they did so, including some of the challenges and opportunities they encountered. It will also include commentary from government, a business association and civil society on the pros and cons of business pushing for change, including what advocacy might mean for multi-stakeholder engagement.

The aim is to encourage companies from a wide range of jurisdictions to meaningfully consider what their role may be in supporting reform as well as to ensure more effective action by businesses that want to engage in these types of initiatives. The session also aims to provide governments with an insight into how best to engage businesses in these initiatives and to encourage civil society representatives in the audience to consider how they might best work alongside business to drive reform forward.


Moderators
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Faris Natour

Co-Founder and Principal, Article One
Faris Natour is an internationally recognized expert with over fifteen years of experience working at the intersection of business and human rights. As Principal of Article One, Faris advises corporate and institutional clients across sectors and regions on human rights strategy and... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Zimmerman

Vanessa Zimmerman

CEO, Pillar Two
Vanessa is a recognised global and domestic corporate sustainability expert focusing on human rights. Originally an anti-trust lawyer, Vanessa specialised in business and human rights, working for five years as a Legal Advisor to the UN Special Representative on Business and Human... Read More →

Speakers
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Tony Khaw

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, NXP Semiconductors
Tony joined NXP in Jan 2013 to lead the Social Responsibility/Compliance (SR) function. This includes the deployment of the program to the supply chain. Tony and the SR team, based in Singapore, is also responsible for supporting NXP’s compliance to customers’ SR programs. The... Read More →
avatar for Mary Thuo

Mary Thuo

C.E.O & Founder, Cityscape Trends Services, Kenya
Mary Wanja Thuo is the C.E.O & founder of Cityscape Trends Services Limited, a provider of superior and sustainable environmental services in the sanitation and cleaning sector. She has a wealth of experience in business and the service industry. Before she left formal employment... Read More →
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Peter Hall

Adviser, Business & Human Rights/Responsible Business Conduct, International Organization of Employers
avatar for Shubha Sekhar

Shubha Sekhar

Director Human Rights: Eurasia & North Africa, The Coca-Cola Company
Shubha Sekhar has more than two decades of international & cross-functional experience in Human Rights, Sustainability, Sustainable Business, Responsible sourcing, Corporate Social Responsibility, Law and Government, giving her a unique and practical understanding of different facets... Read More →
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Elizabeth Wilde

Deputy head of mission, Australian Permanent Mission to the UN


Monday November 25, 2019 15:00 - 16:20
Room XIX