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Monday, November 25 • 16:40 - 18:00
Corruption: the business and human rights dimension

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Session organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

This session is a kick-off for a consultation process led by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights to inform its report to the UN Human Rights Council in 2020, which will address the connection between anti-corruption efforts and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It will involve perspectives from governments and multi-stakeholder panel. The panel will address a range of key questions for the intersection between these two agendas, including:
  • How governments in different regions see the connection between both agendas and how policy and regulatory efforts to advance anti-corruption can extend to promoting corporate respect for human rights
  • Lessons from business on how integrating respect for human rights and human rights due diligence enhances overall supply chain risk management and the importance of a people-centred approach
  • Lessons for the business and human rights agenda from various civil society-led efforts to address corporate-related corruption, including: work done to address beneficial ownership and anonymous shell companies; initiatives to promote integrity pacts and clean contracting in procurement; and efforts to seek remedy for victims of corporate-related corruption through legal avenues.

For more background and explanation of what the Working Group is seeking to address, see the preliminary concept note at: https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Business/WGCorruptionBHR.pdf

The session is complemented by a session on 26 November organized by the UN Global Compact and the Alliance for Integrity, which will explore how companies are reducing risks related to human rights and corruption through the implementation of due diligence processes.

Moderators
avatar for Anita Ramasastry

Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Speakers
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Ulrika Lyckman

Deputy director, Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Ulrika is presently Deputy Director at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in the team of sustainable business. She is head of delegation to the OECD working group on bribery, responsible for Business and Human Rights as well as being the focal point for Feminist Foreign Policy. As... Read More →
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Simon Taylor

Director, Global Witness
avatar for Irina Lonean

Irina Lonean

Project Coordinator, Transparency International
I'm working with Transparency International since 2010, carrying out research and advocacy in Romania for public and private sector integrity. My approach to fighting corruption is focusing on building strong institutions, businesses and NGOs in order to develop organisation cultures... Read More →
avatar for Viviane Schiavi

Viviane Schiavi

Deputy Director, Inclusive & Green Growth, International Chamber of Commerce
Viviane Schiavi is Senior Executive for Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), overseeing ICC’s work to promote anti-corruption, responsible business conduct and corporate responsibility worldwide. These objectives are pursued... Read More →
avatar for Anneke Van Woudenberg

Anneke Van Woudenberg

Human Rights Officer, Permanent Mission of Argentina
Anneke Van Woudenberg is the Executive Director of corporate watchdog NGO Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID), which she joined in March 2017. Previously she was the Deputy Africa Director at Human Rights Watch where for 14 years she led in-depth fact-finding on human... Read More →


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