Business and Human Rights Workshop

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 2:45 PM - Fri , June 8, 2018 4:00 PM

Thursday, June 7th - 2:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Friday, June 8th - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop focuses on how corporations impact human rights and how they can manage those impacts. Through group exercises based on real-world cases, workshop participants will gain exposure to human rights practice within a company, including: human rights impact assessments, risk management, internal and external communication, stakeholder engagement and collaborative standard-setting through multi-stakeholder initiatives. It aims to replicate real-world conditions by modeling techniques of stakeholder engagement and dialogue in a trusted, participatory learning environment. In addition to the two workshop facilitators, leading business professionals will join to facilitate skills-building exercises.

Target audience:

This workshop is designed for business, human rights, and development professionals, including those in graduate-level programs. The target audience includes, but is not limited to:

1) business professionals, including financial investors, looking to better understand business and human rights standards, and best practice of human rights compliance;

2) human rights professionals who want to better understand how corporations can manage the human rights challenges in their operations and in their supply chains;

3) development specialists, including those from the UN and other multilateral institutions, who want to better understand the role that private enterprises can and should play in ensuring corporate respect for human rights; and

Learning outcomes:

Through real-world examples, participants will:

-gain exposure to business and human rights normative and legal frameworks;

-understand who the key stakeholders are and what their roles and objectives are;

-understand the key tools of ensuring respect for human rights within the context of business operations that are used by governments, corporations, and civil society;

-learn how to apply business and human rights frameworks and tools (e.g., human rights impact assessments, reporting, etc.) to specific challenges in a range of industries;

-be able to evaluate which business and human rights practices are emerging as best practices and even as recognized norms.

Workshop Facilitators:

Joanne Bauer, Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Columbia University https://sipa.columbia.edu/faculty-research/faculty-directory/joanne-bauer

Meg Roggensack, Senior Adviser, Business and Human Rights, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/roggensack-margaret-ellen.cfm

Workshop Outline:

Thursday
2:45 – 3:00 pm Introduction to the workshop
3:00 – 5:00 pm Session One: Business and Human Rights Frameworks
5:00 – 5:30 pm break for light meal
5:30 – 7:30 pm Session Two: Business and Human Rights Tools

Friday
9:00 – 10:30 am Session Three: Stakeholders
10:30 – 10:45 am break
10:45 am - 12:45 pm Session Four: Application of Frameworks
12:45 – 1:30 pm lunch
1:30 – 4:00 pm Session Five: Best Practices

A certificate of participation will be granted to all those who complete both days of training. Individuals who complete three workshops offered as part of the Human Rights Training Series will receive an ISHR Human Rights Training Series certificate of completion.

Early bird rate of $295 for those who register by May 4th.

Regular rate of $345.

We will also offer a limited number of reduced rates for those wish significant financial need.

Registered participants and those that wish to apply for a need-based discount should complete the following survey:

https://goo.gl/forms/qNAkBTXbK40BVtLy2