Dialogue, Opportunities and Risks in Business-to-Community and Business-to-Business Relationships in

Meeting Report, 09 April 2013

By Haley St. Dennis, Head of Communications, IHRB

Dialogue Opportunitiesedium

The first workshop focussed on the international experience of developing good practice in business-community relations; the key challenges for land in Myanmar; and key challenges for labour. The workshop featured a session introducing the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, as well a session on the soon-to-be established Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) in Yangon, a joint project of the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

The second workshop focussed on key challenges in conducting due diligence, with international companies sharing their experiences from other countries and contexts; local experts presented on labour rights in the workplace in Myanmar; a case study on a community dispute at a copper mine was presented; and a presentation from an ethnic minority leader was also given on Myanmar’s peace process. As with the first workshop, this workshop on also featured a session on the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, as well as on the soon-to-be established Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) in Yangon, a joint project of the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

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