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Monday, November 25 • 16:40 - 18:00
A “smart mix” for responsible investment: The role of government in promoting investor human rights due diligence and ensuring investor respect for human rights

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Session organized by the Investor Alliance for Human Rights, ICCR, the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and Global Witness

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Financial systems have the potential to promote respect for human rights and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, doing so requires that institutional investors—from public pensions and trade union funds to asset managers, foundations, and family funds—consider human rights throughout their institutional governance and throughout the investment lifecycle. This requires that investors conduct human rights due diligence as part of their own activities, and it is imperative that governments adopt a “smart mix” of measures that strengthen regulation, improve policy coherence, and showcase how public financial institutions can lead by example in this area.

While the European Parliament has recently taken a monumental step in this regard, and while human rights due diligence has been outlined by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), integrated as a key feature of the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises, and unpacked for institutional investors in the OECD guidance document Responsible Business Conduct for Institutional Investors, significant gaps remain in clarifying what the implementation of the responsibility to respect human rights looks like for investors and how investors can be held accountable by States and others for adverse impacts.

This session’s objective will be to unpack how governments can most effectively contribute to filling these gaps. It will aim to achieve this objective through collaborative dialogue with participants.

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Paloma Munoz Quick

Director, Investor Alliance for Human Rights
Director of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights, a collective action platform for responsible investment that is grounded in respect for people’s fundamental rights. In this capacity, Paloma leads strategic development and drives thought leadership work to advance the investor... Read More →

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Rachel Owens

Head of EU Office, Global Witness
Rachel Owens is Head of EU Advocacy at Global Witness, an anti-corruption and human rights NGO. In 2017, she set up Global Witness’ first EU office leading and working on campaigns to introduce EU rules for mandatory investor due diligence, to crackdown on corruption in EU golden... Read More →
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Paul Tang

Member, European Parliament
Paul Tang is since 1 July 2014 Member of the European Parliament for the Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA), sitting in the Group of Socialists and Democrats. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Amsterdam and worked for the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs and the Bureau... Read More →
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Laetitia Tankwe

Conseillère du Président, Ircantec
Laetitia Tankwe is advisor to the president of the board of trustees of Ircantec, a €11Bn pay as you go complementary French pension scheme . She has more than 15 years of experience in the financial s sector. She joined from Banque Populaire Méditerranée, where she was advisor... Read More →
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Louise Kranenburg

Advisor Responsible Investment, MN Asset Management
Louise works as an advisor Responsible Investment at MN, an asset manager for pension funds in the Netherlands, with a current AUM of €145 bln. This includes advising on and implementing social aspects within the investment policy of clients, overseeing the engagement work with... Read More →

Monday November 25, 2019 16:40 - 18:00 CET
Room XXI