On 27-29 November 2017 the Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights organised by the United Nations will take place. This forum is a global platform for yearly stock taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the UN Guiding Principles on the Business and Human Rights from paper to practice.
The central theme on the 2017 Forum is 'Realising Access to Remedy'. The programme also features sessions for new audiences and discussions on broader policy trends that consider the role of the business and human rights movement in today’s political and social contexts around the world.
Date: 27-29 November 2017
Location: Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
At this forum, FTA will participate in two sessions:
- 28 November, 15:00 - 16:25: FTA will lead the session 'A shared responsibility – Role of Business Associations on Joint remediation & Multi-stakeholder Collaboration' together with the Consumer Goods Forum and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The panel, led by FTA Director General, Christian Ewert, will explore the advantages and contraints of a 'shared responsibility model' towards mobilising joint remediation measures and make a proposal for a collective response to reduce the financial impact of facilitating such measures. Read more.
- On 28 November, FTA will join International Organization of Employers (IOE) 'Leverage & Remedy'. Following the revised ILO MNE Declaration calls on multinational enterprises "to use their leverage to encourage their business partners to provide effective means of enabling remediation for abuses of internationally recognized human rights", this session will explore how employers, governments and workers can achieve this objective in practice. Read more.
FTA is also a partner at the 'Business Briefing and Networking Event' on 27 November, together with other leading figures in the business community. Open exclusively to businesses, this event will offer meaningful engagement opportunities at the forum, along with further discussions of the 2017 theme of "Realising Access to Remedy". Read more.