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How business can better manage human rights risks

How business can better manage human rights risks

1st-2nd November 2017, London

Two days of practical analysis, discussion and guidance.

As our fourth forum on human rights and business, we will be building on previous years events, with an emphasis on more tangible, interactive and high-level discussion.

This event is designed to provide companies with the knowledge, insight and practical guidance on how business can best engage and manage human rights risks in their operations and supply chains.

Over the two days we’ll bring together business, NGOs, multi stakeholder initiatives and government to discuss both the most pressing issues that you deal with day to day, and those that you are looking to focus on in the next five years.

Updated session formats this year will include live crisis case studies, guided workshops, Q&As, roundtables, breakouts, open panel discussions and debates.

In a series of plenary discussions, we will be covering the big issues, including:

  • The business case or just good business? How to get buy-in across different functions to ensure human rights are key in decision making: procurement, finance and the board
  • The rise of automation: what does it mean for the future of human rights and business?
  • Data privacy and cyber risk – bringing internal functions up to speed around human rights related expectations on the protection of data and its use
  • NGO expectations: where do you stand now and where do you need to be in five years?
  • The future of globalisation: localisation? The direct and indirect impacts of on-shoring on supply chains
  • Emerging legislation: How does the changing legal environment affect your business, and what are the implications for your supply chain?
  • The current political climate: what does it mean for human rights and does your business have a role in responding?

We will have more focused, practical workshops on the following:

  • Measuring your mark – what makes a good impact assessment, and what are the limitations?
  • Engaging procurement – practical guidance on how to communicate effectively and align interests
  • Modern slavery: two years on, how do you keep up the momentum internally?
  • Role of collaboration – in-depth case studies around successful cross-industry action that scales
  • Reporting workshop: what’s important, and what’s not? How to make your reports more meaningful
  • Supply chain mapping – where to start, what to look for and the technologies to help you uncover risks beyond tier one
  • Worker engagement 101: Access to grievance mechanisms, but what about access to remedy?

Who will be there?

This conference is made for senior professionals from business, government, trade unions and NGOs.

Business representatives are the biggest attendee profile for the conference, the delegates are from the CSR, sustainability, ethical trade, legal, procurement and supply chain, corporate affairs and communications departments. 

A sample of last year's attendee list includes:

  • VP, Sustainability Framework, Aditya Birla Management Corporation
  • Group Environment Director, Amcor
  • Principal, International Relations, Anglo American
  • External Engagement Manager, Apple
  • Head of CR Reporting & Strategy, BAE Systems
  • Sustainable Finance & Investment, BNP Paribas CIB
  • Chief Executive, Bonsucro
  • Head of Sustainability & Reputation Management, British American Tobacco
  • Head of Purchasing, British Gypsum
  • Executive Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Director, Business for the Unseen
  • Corporate Responsibility Lead, EMEA, Cargill
  • Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Clarks
  • Global Supply Chain Integrity Manager, Compass Group
  • Programme Manager, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
  • Sustainable Sourcing Manager, Danone
  • VP, Social & Environmental Impact, Driscoll's
  • Chair, Ethical Trading Initiative
  • Executive Director, Finnwatch
  • Director, Technical Services, FloCERT
  • Director of Programs, Freedom Fund
  • Head of Business Change and Development, Gangmasters Licensing Authority
  • Director, Reporting Excellence, Global Risk Office, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Head of Oceans, Greenpeace UK
  • Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide
  • Group Social Performance Manager, IKEA
  • National Project Officer, Turkey, International Organisation for Migration
  • Director, International Tourism Partnership
  • Sustainable Procurement Manager, Interserve Support Services
  • Director, Corporate Responsibility, John Lewis Partnership
  • Regulatory Engagement and Labor Practices Director, JTI
  • Responsible Sourcing Manager, Mars
  • CSR Officer, Mitsubishi Corporation International
  • Head of Global Corporate Responsibility, Mothercare Group
  • Sustainability Specialist, Neste Corporation
  • Ethical Trade and Sustainability Controller, Primark
  • Corporate Responsibility Specialist, PVH Corp.
  • Purchasing & Sustainable Sourcing Director, Saint-Gobain


If you would like to discuss being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate, please drop an email to:

Eilidh Morrison | Project Director

Direct: +44 (0) 203 780 7437


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