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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 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.

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Chloe Poynton

Co-Founder and Principal, Article One
Chloe is a Principal at Article One, a business & human rights consulting firm that works with companies, institutions, and state agencies to develop and implement strategies to promote corporate respect for human rights.
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Vanessa Zimmerman

CEO / Board member, Pillar Two / Global Compact Network Australia
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 →

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Tytti Nahi

Business and Human Rights Lead, Fairtrade
Strengthening Fairtrade’s advocacy work, business services and internal processes on HRDD. @tyttinahi
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Tony Khaw

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, NXP
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 →
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Mary Thuo

Founding Managing Director, Cityscape Trends Services
Mary Wanja Thuo is the founder and managing director of CityscapeTrends Services Limited, a social enterprise that provides Sustainable commercial cleaning and maintenance of offices and buildings while leveraging on our core business to address social and environmental goals.. She... Read More →

Peter Hall

Adviser, Business & Human Rights/Responsible Business Conduct, International Organization of Employers
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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

Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Australia
Ms Wilde is a senior officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Ms Wilde is the Deputy Head of Mission in Geneva, focusing primarily on human rights, health, humanitarian and UN specialised agencies. Prior to her current role, in DFAT she led the Human... Read More →
avatar for Inés Elvira Andrade

Inés Elvira Andrade

Director of Standards and Corporate Responsibility, Cerrejón - Minería Responsable

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