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Making Human Rights Your Business


Private sector corporations increasingly face challenges regarding the multifarious social relationships that their businesses depend on. Such challenges can include workplace dynamics, community ‘license to operate’, supplier networks, consumer demands, government requirements and investor expectations. Beyond this, globalisation-induced ‘governance gaps’, industry-specific risks and individual corporate cultures all deepen the complexity of the business environment. In response to this, the past decade has seen a steady increase in connecting international human rights standards and norms to business challenges and opportunities – offering a new paradigm for corporate responsibility and sustainability that has support from business leaders, governments and civil society alike.

This presentation will focus on key developments like the work of the Special Representative to the Secretary General of the United Nations on Business and Human Rights, the growth of business leadership and the connection between human rights, climate change and natural resources. The presentation and dialogue will provide an overview of the ‘Business and Human Rights’ agenda and address the following questions:

• Why human rights and why Business and human rights?
• What is the background and what are the latest developments in this area?
• Why are business leaders committing to this approach to responsible and sustainable business? Why is it distinct from CSR?
• What are the developments in Asia and South-East Asia?
• What should corporations and business leaders do in practice?

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Mark Hodge, Director, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

Wednesday, 27 January 2010
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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