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Thursday, March 14 • 3:45pm - 5:15pm
From policy to practice: Corporate responsibility to respect human rights

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Unanimously approved by the Human Rights Council in June 2011, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) are the authoritative global standard for preventing, mitigating and addressing business-related adverse human rights impacts. Pillar II of the UNGPs, “Corporate Responsibility to Respect”, provides a blueprint for businesses to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their adverse human rights impacts, including in their supply chains.
The UNGPs have enjoyed widespread uptake and support from states as well as business enterprises. Although several companies have publicly stated their support for the UNGPs and have started taking steps to implement them, they often face multiple challenges in practice, not least because teams in charge of corporate social responsibility or philanthropic activities may be given the responsibility to discharge Pillar II responsibilities. Then there are challenges concerning multi-tier and multi-jurisdictional supply chains and concerns related to the first mover disadvantages.
Against this context, this session will consider a few concrete case studies to understand better how companies could turn the UNGPs from a policy document to an integral part of their business practice.

This session aims to:
  • Understand how the corporate responsibility to respect human rights under the UNGPs is being operationalised through actions on the part of governments, businesses and other actors such as investors, consumers, trade unions and civil society organisations;
  • Consider how businesses could turn challenges into opportunities in conducting human rights due diligence throughout their business operations;
  • Examine the role of multi-stakeholder coalitions to promote business respect for human rights; and
  • Share good practices and progress made by the private sector in conducting effective human rights due diligence, including by using innovation and technological tools.

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Major Md Lutful Matin

Assistant Director, Administration and Human Resources, Natural Denims Ltd
Major Mohammad Lutful Matin (Retd) was born on 16 September 1968 in Dhaka. He was commissioned in Bangladesh Army on 20th December 1991. He completed his graduation from Chittagong University. He served almost 23 years in Bangladesh Army in different capacity. As a Military Staff... Read More →

Prem Kumar M

Chairman & Managing Director, Uniworld Logistics Pvt. Ltd
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Vidya Tikoo

Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.
A sustainable business expert, can work out strategies for businesses and conglomerates. Have worked in the areas of environment, transportation, human rights, occupational health, safety, supply chain linked with sustainability of businesses. Presently more focused on human rights... Read More →
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Namit Agarwal

Lead Specialist, Private Sector Engagement, Oxfam India
Namit Agarwal works as Lead Specialist - Private Sector Engagement at Oxfam India. He leads Oxfam India’s engagement with private sector to advocate for responsible business policies and practices. Designed and implemented initiatives on policy advocacy, business transparency scorecards... Read More →
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Gajendra Patel

Strategic Sourcing Manager – Logistics, Mars International India Pvt.Ltd.
A post graduate in Agriculture Economics and Post Graduate diploma in marketing management with 18 years’ of work experience, currently based out of Hyderabad & Leading the project on Responsible Sourcing & Sustainable supply at Mars India, with focus on cost optimization along... Read More →

Thursday March 14, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm +0530
Viceroy Lobby level