International seminar on business & human rights
The International Seminar on Business and Human Rights was organized to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was held in the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, where the Declaration was signed by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948.
The Seminar was chaired by Mary Robinson, President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative and Honorary President of the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR). We were delighted to welcome over 60 renowned speakers and panelists who set the context for discussions.
Over two days the Seminar set out to examine how human rights can help business in their response to the key global challenges of our time, ranging from climate change to food security, access to health, key development issues and the current economic crisis. In addition, the Seminar provided an opportunity to explore further the framework proposed by the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights which had been approved by the Human Rights Council in June 2008..
Building on the series of Seminars successfully held in London from 2003 to 2005 the International Seminar in Paris saw a significant rise in participation with almost 300 representatives from business and NGOs, trade unions, Government and Academia.
The International Seminar on Business and Human Rights expresses its sincere thanks to all the speakers for their important contribution to this event and for their unreserved agreement to make this material publicly available.
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OPENING PLENARY: HUMAN RIGHTS AND GLOBAL ISSUES OF OUR TIME
IMPLEMENTING A COMMON FRAMEWORK ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
GLOBAL NETWORK INITIATIVE PUBLIC FORUM
PANEL - PART 1 > ‘LOOKING BACK’ – WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST 10 YEARS
PANEL - PART 2 > ‘LOOKING FORWARD’ – WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES OF THE NEXT 10 YEARS
BUSINESS ADDRESSING GLOBAL ISSUES - THE RESPONSIBILITY TO RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS, DUE DILIGENCE AND AVOIDING COMPLICITY
BUSINESS ADDRESSING GLOBAL ISSUES – THE VALUE OF A HUMAN RIGHTS-AWARE APPROACH BY BUSINESS TO KEY GLOBAL CHALLENGES