Friday, March 15 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Human rights due diligence in global supply chains

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The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights provide a globally recognized and authoritative framework that clarifies the respective duties and responsibilities of Governments and companies to prevent, address and remedy adverse human rights impacts linked to business activities.
Human rights due diligence provides a way for enterprises to proactively manage potential and actual adverse human rights impacts with which they are involved, and has become a norm of expected conduct for all business enterprises.
The prevention of adverse impacts on people is the main purpose of human rights due diligence. It concerns risks to people, not risks to business. It should be ongoing, as the risks to human rights may change over time; and be informed by meaningful stakeholder engagement, in particular with affected stakeholders, human rights defenders, trade unions and grassroots organizations. However, human rights due diligence tends to be limited to tier-one companies as managing the risks to and impacts on human rights can be extremely complex in multi-tiered supply chains.
This session aims to discuss different human rights due diligence practices to go beyond tier one as well as to assess the systemic challenges companies face in discharging their human rights responsibilities in the global supply chains.

  •  To assess the importance of human rights due diligence in global supply chains and discuss the gaps and challenges in existing processes and practice;
  • To gain a better understanding of the complexity of value chains in today’s world and its implications on human rights due diligence processes and practices;
  • To share emerging good practices in conducting human rights due diligence;
  • To assess the role stakeholders, particularly States and the investors can contribute to the scaling-up of effective human rights due diligence.

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Sean Lees

Business and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP
Sean Lees is a Business and Human Rights Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangkok Regional Hub. Prior to his work at UNDP, Sean worked on Asia-Pacific trade and investment policy at the Pacific Basin Economic Council and the East-West Center (1994-1996... Read More →

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Rishi Sher Singh

Associate Director, Twenty Fifty
Rishi Sher Singh is a specialist in Business & Human Rights (B&HR), Supply Chain Sustainability and Manufacturing. Rishi’s work goes beyond traditional audits and towards creating meaningful dialogue on opportunities and challenges of businesses, especially in supply chains. His... Read More →
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Kanishk Negi

Global Supply Sustainability Manager, ABB
Kanishk heads the global responsible sourcing program of ABB Group. He has worked extensively with suppliers and procurement teams to integrate labor & human rights, safety, environment and legal compliance in the commercial process of supplier selection and evaluation. He leads implementation... Read More →
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Sor Rattanamanee Polkla

Executive Coordinator, Community Resources Centre
Sor.Rattanamanee Polkla’s career spans the past nineteen years of public interest lawyering in Thailand, and she has been involved in many of its most significant recent cases. After working for years as an independent public interest lawyer, in 2010 she co-founded with Prashant... Read More →
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Kamal Singh

Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network India
Mr. Kamal Singh is currently leading as the Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network India (UNGCNI) and also serves as a Member Secretary to the Governing Council He holds Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and is an Alumnus of JNU. Prior to joining UN GCNI, he was... Read More →
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Anisha Rajapakse

Senior Strategy Adviser - Social Sustainability and Business & Human Rights, Global Corporate Sustainability (pvt) Ltd
Anisha a senior international development professional with two decades of global expertise. Till recently she was Brussels-based, heading the Stakeholder Engagement unit of a leading industry association working with corporates, governments, intergovernmental and bilateral agencies... Read More →
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David Hircock

Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, Global Communications, Estee Lauder Companies
Professor David Hircock, Executive Director, Global Citizenship and Corporate Sustainability, Estée Lauder Companies, has worked extensively around the globe as a respected expert on issues related to human rights, conservation of biodiversity and working with Indigenous Peoples... Read More →
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P. Nagasayee Malathy

Executive Director, Programmes, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
Ms. P. Nagasayee Malathy, Executive Director of Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation. She comes with 3 decades of experience in the development sector from grassroots initiatives to managing humanitarian organisations as a country lead in India and Overseas. She has been country... Read More →

Friday March 15, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Viceroy Lobby level