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Tuesday, November 26 • 15:00 - 16:20
What is needed for State-owned enterprises to lead by example?

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

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State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are an enduring and significant feature of the global economy. They can have major environmental, social and human rights impacts. While some SOEs lead on responsible business conduct and human rights, others lag behind and are involved in business-related human rights abuse.
The session led by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights will explore the relationship between SOEs and the States that own or control them, lessons learned from efforts to implement the corporate responsibility to respect in SOE policies and practice, and reflections on what it will take for SOEs more widely to lead by example.

The discussion builds on similar sessions at previous UN Forums. The Working Group’s report on SOEs provides a key reference. It proposed a framework for government ownership and corporate governance of SOEs based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-owned Enterprises.

Speakers from SOEs and other stakeholder perspectives will offer their lessons learned and reflections on:
  • Which policy, regulatory and management tools governments are using and could use to ensure corporate governance of SOEs that aligns with international standards for responsible business?
  • What kind of policies, models and tools are available specifically to ensure that SOEs are role models on responsible business conduct and human rights?
  • Why are SOEs’ human rights impacts and State duties towards them still a neglected issue?
  • What needs to happen? What concrete steps should be taken by States and SOEs to truly lead by example?

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Dante Pesce

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

avatar for Dr.Srikanya Yathip

Dr.Srikanya Yathip

Deputy Secretary General, Government Pension Fund, Thailand
Prior to joining Government Pension Fund (Thailand) or GPF, Dr. Srikanya spent more than 10 years studying and working in Japan and the United Kingdom. She joined GPF in 2010. Currently, she is the lead in corporate strategy responsible for developing long-term corporate and business... Read More →
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Mathilde Mesnard

Deputy Director, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD
Deputy Director since 2016, Ms Mesnard provides intellectual leadership for the OECD on a range of topics including anti-corruption, corporate governance, competition, financial markets, investment and insurance. Ms Mesnard was previously the coordinator of the OECD’s New Approaches... Read More →
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Åsne Burgess Øyehaug

CSR Manager, Norsk Hydro
Åsne works within Sustainability with Corporate Social Responsibility at Norsk Hydro. Hydro is a fully integrated aluminum company with 35,000 employees in 40 countries on all continents, combining local expertise, worldwide reach and unmatched capabilities in R&D. Åsne follows... Read More →
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Luiz Figueira

Sustainability Vice President, Eletrobras
In the electric power industry since 1985, and currently Director of Management and Sustainability of Eletrobras, Luiz Augusto Figueira is in charge of people, technology and supply management as well as sustainability reports and actions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics... Read More →
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Maria-Isabel Cubides

Program Officer Globalization and Human Rights Desk, Federacion Internacional de Derechos Humanos (FIDH)
Colombian lawyer and French jurist specialized on Business and Human Rights, with master degrees in legal anthropology and public international law. Multi-disciplinarity has been a fundamental part of career, giving an important added value to her work, which is marked by a participatory... Read More →

Tuesday November 26, 2019 15:00 - 16:20 CET
Room XXI