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Event Invitation

Report Launch: The 'State of Play' of the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights in Business Relationships

5 December 2012, 8:00 - 9:45am | UN Annual Forum on Business & Human Rights | Geneva

The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) are pleased to announce the launch of our 'State of Play' Report on Human Rights in Business Relationships.

Over the past year IHRB and GBI have examined the human rights practices of 14 global companies in relation to the corporate responsibility to respect in six types of business relationships:

  • Joint Ventures;
  • Mergers, Acquisitions & Disposals;
  • Suppliers & Service Providers;
  • Direct Customers;
  • Licensing & Franchising;
  • Investor-State Agreements

The joint initiative follows on from IHRB's 2010 'State of Play' Report of Human Rights Due Diligence.

The IHRB and GBI will be launching the report and discussing it with a multistakeholder panel at a side event of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights on 5 December 2012 from 8-9:45am at Palais des Nations, Room XXIII, Geneva.

Chaired by Rae Lindsay, Partner at Clifford Chance LLP, panellists will include:

  • Motoko Aizawa, Advisor to the Sustainable Development Network at the World Bank
  • Philip Jordan, Ethics Director at Total S.A.
  • Rachel Cowburn-Walden, Global External Affairs Manager – Corporate Responsibility at Unilever
  • Jim Silkenat, President-Elect of the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Lorenzo Cotula, Senior Researcher, Law and Sustainable Development; Team Leader - Land Rights & Investment, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Respondent: Amy Lehr, Foley Hoag

To RSVP, please email or simply complete the form below. Please note, you must be registered for the Forum in order to gain access to the event.

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