Human rights are an important issue linked to the global environmental agenda. Anyone working in the sustainability and impact sector must have a clear understanding of global human rights issues. In this context, Ksapa hosted a webinar on using effective human rights due diligence to streamline compliance efforts. The event, moderated by Farid Baddache, CEO of Ksapa, gathered Thomas Thomas, CEO of ASEAN CSR Network, and Eric Ekern, former Telenor consultant who worked with Norwegian companies. This webinar is primarily intended for Chief Risk Officers, General Counsel and Sustainability Leaders, and the replay can be found here.
What do we not know and are we asking the right questions?
To truly understand human rights, you must dive deeper to understand sub-themes such as gender, harassment, forced labor, child trafficking, and rights holder perspectives, among more than a hundred others, under the “Duty of Vigilance.” The duty of vigilance includes reasonable measures to identify risks and prevent the impact on the fundamental freedoms of the individual and the environment, or ‘Do no harm’.
Investors and other voters are increasingly focused on these issues, asking the tough questions of public and private companies and their ability to understand and mitigate risk throughout their operational supply chain.
As jurisdictional legislation from country to country becomes increasingly nuanced to address human rights issues, companies should be aware of the human rights legislative agenda in Europe (France, Germany, Netherlands) and most recently in Norway (2022); in the ASEAN markets (Australia); and the US with the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act.
What are the takeaways from this webinar?
1. Learn how to become more effective at the intersections of human rights, compliance, and jurisdiction due diligence.
2. Learn how to better understand the global plethora of legal and ethical initiatives and the nuances of social justice priorities and agendas.
3. Learn a five-point plan for human rights actions your company can take to reduce risk.
4. Learn about the overlap of UN guidelines, OECD and other agendas to meet multi-agency requirements.
5. Learn how to develop public-private partnership coalitions to address human rights.
Ksapa, based in Paris, France, with offices in London and New York, can help your company implement the lessons learned from this webinar. Contact us and let us know how we can help you.