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Monday, November 25 • 15:00 - 16:20
Governments as catalysts for business respect for human rights in the world of work

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Session organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO)

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This session will look at how governments are stepping up efforts on their duty to protect workers from corporate human rights abuses through a smart mix of measures – national and international, mandatory and voluntary, incentives and sanctions – to foster business respect for human rights in the world of work, including their public-private sector collaboration.

The session will feature government representatives highlighting recent developments and initiatives by their governments on international labour standards and their effective application in law and practice. Employers’ and workers’ representatives will give their perspective on the catalyst role of governments in stimulating business respect for human rights in the world of work. ILO will moderate the session.

The session will discuss:
  • the role of international labour standards (Conventions and Recommendations)[1], including the new Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) and Recommendation (No. 206) adopted during the 2019 International Labour Conference;
  • the call for governments to ratify international labour standards, particularly the ILO fundamental and governance Conventions and apply these in law and practice through appropriate legislation and effective implementation;
  • recent developments in strategic compliance providing the labour inspectorate with a new methodology to achieve compliance outcomes in light of limited resources, mismatched powers and a need to shoulder greater responsibility for promoting compliance in the ever-evolving world of work.
  • Governments’ action on enhanced protection of workers and compensation in case of work-related injuries.
  • the role of social dialogue engaging government and social partners in enhanced business respect for human rights in the world of work

[1] See ILO NORMLEX The ILO's information system which brings together information on International Labour Standards as well as national labour and social security laws www.ilo.org/normlex 

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Githa Roelans

Head, Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
Githa Roelans is the Head of the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit since 2013. The unit provides policy advice and technical assistance to governments, employers and workers in ILO member States on the application of the ILO Tripartite Declaration concerning... Read More →

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Tengku Andi Zarhana Puteri Binti Tengku Daeng BahaIsmail

Executive Officer Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (PERKESO), Social Security Organisation under the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia
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Sharan Burrow

General Secretary,, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the ITUC at its Second World Congress in Vancouver, June 2010. Prior to this, she held the position of ITUC President since its Founding Congress in Vienna (November 2006) and the position of ICFTU President since its 18th World Congress... Read More →
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Matthias Thorns

As Deputy Secretary-General, Matthias Thorns has a part in the overall responsibility for the management of the IOE Secretariat in its work to support the global business community in its representation vis-a-vis the UN institutions, as well as G20, G7 and other international initiatives... Read More →
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Anousheh Karvar

French Government Representative to the ILO / chair of the Alliance 8.7, International Labour Organization (ILO)
I am currently the French Government representative to the International Labour Organisation Governing Body and the French Labour and Employment Task Officer to G7-G20. Since July 2019, I chair the Alliance 8.7, a Global Partnership to end forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking... Read More →
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Rakesh Patry

Director General, International and Intergovernmental Labour Affairs, Department of Employment and Social Development (ESDC) Canada

Sara Gabriela Luna Camacho

Labour Affairs, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

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