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Business and human rights: manage risk, implement policy and secure relationships

Business and human rights: manage risk, implement policy and secure relationships

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 the most pressing issues that you deal with day to day, and those that you should be focussing on in the next five years.

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

  • Is human rights risk REALLY anything more than a reputational risk? A look at the actual drivers that make companies act
  • Civil society expectations: where do you stand now and where do you need to be in five years?
  • Modern slavery: two years on, how do you keep up the momentum internally?
  • The current political climate: what does it mean for human rights and does your business have a role in responding?
  • Supply chain mapping – where to start, what to look for and the technologies to help you uncover risks beyond tier one
  • Emerging legislation: How does the changing legal environment affect your business, and what are the implications for your supply chain?

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

  • The rise of automation: what does it mean for the future of human rights and business?
  • Measuring your mark – how do you quantify and measure social impact?
  • The future of globalisationlocalisation? The direct and indirect impacts of on-shoring on supply chains
  • Reporting workshop: what’s important, and what’s not? How to make your reports more meaningful
  • Worker engagement 101: Access to grievance mechanisms, but what about access to remedy?

See the full agenda here.

Speakers include

Gillian Caldwell

Gillian Caldwell


Global Witness

Phil Bloomer

Phil Bloomer

Executive Director

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Francis West

Francis West

Business Learning Program Director


Maria Anne van Dijk

Maria Anne van Dijk

Head of Environmental Social & Ethical Risk and Policy


See the full list of speakers here.

What’s different about this forum?

  • Interactive sessions – with a blanket ban on PowerPoint! Updated session formats this year will include live crisis case studies, guided workshops, Q&As, roundtables, breakouts, open panel discussions and debates.
  • Action and practice – the agenda and event structure is designed to provide actionable tools and practical insights that can be applied. We will also be sharing post event notes from all sessions to all participants.
  • The Chatham House rule – this event is not intended as a PR platform, we hold the event under a covenant of confidentiality to promote open, honest exchange.

Why attend?

  • Hear from industry leaders – what has worked for them, and what to avoid
  • Multi-stakeholder attendance – network with diverse figures from across the industry
  • Understand the latest innovation set to transform the industry in the next five years

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. 

Register here now.


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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