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Wednesday, March 13 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Creating positive impacts through human rights due diligence process

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Organized by twentyfifty Ldt.

Previous registration mandatory. (RSVP: Rishi Sher Signh +91 7022845835)

“Human rights due diligence isn’t just about addressing negative impacts but also drives positive contributions. When companies drive respect for human rights across their own operations and their global value chains, they generate an unprecedented large-scale positive impact on the lives of people who may be most in need of the benefits of sustainable development’’ - Prof. John Ruggie

Context: 
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) were unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. They have become the global standard for corporate responsibility to respect human rights. At the core of this responsibility is the concept of human rights due diligence (HRDD) as a way for business enterprises to proactively manage potential and actual adverse human rights impacts with which they are involved.
The significant update of the UNGPs by States, businesses and civil society has shifted the debate in the business and human rights field. The UNGPs are being embedded into government policy in an increasing number of countries through national action plans, guidelines (e.g., India’s National Guidelines on Responsible Business Conduct), procurement policies, and legislation (e.g., Modern Slavery Acts of UK and Australia, and French Duty of Vigilance Law). Many companies have started integrating HRDD into their business models, and various initiatives are pushing companies to take their responsibility to respect human rights seriously (e.g., Corporate Human Rights Benchmark). Other international frameworks such as the UN Global Compact, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the ILO Declaration for Multinational Enterprises have been aligned with the UNGPs.HRDD is a key tool for companies not only to discharge their responsibility under the UNGPs, but also to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is, therefore, critical for businesses to gain a practical understanding of the HRDD process. In the past 10 years, twentyfifty Ltd. has facilitated dialogue and engagements on UNGPs with businesses in Europe and India. It will be our pleasure to facilitate an interactive and engaging session on HRDD process as a side event at the Inaugural UN South Asia Forum on Business and Human Rights in New Delhi. We envisage this session to involve a group of 10-15 business representatives (senior managers).

Objectives: 
  • To demystify the ‘business and human rights’ agenda for businesses operating in India;
  • To facilitate an interactive discussion about the concept and practice of HRDD; and
  • To enable sharing of global and local experiences in conducting HRDD and implementing the UNGPs. 

Speakers
avatar for Surya Deva

Surya Deva

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Surya Deva is an Associate Professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong. He holds BA (Hons), LLB and LLM from the University of Delhi and a PhD from Sydney Law School, and has taught previously at the University of Delhi and at the National Law Institute University... 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 →


Wednesday March 13, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Senate Lounge First floor