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Panel on What works? - Forum on Business and Human Rights 2018
28 Nov 2018 -  What works? Investigating the relationship between business practices and outcomes for people
For years, many - within business and beyond - have deployed vast efforts and resources to embed respect for human rights in companies’ operations and value chains. But not all business actions make a difference and deliver meaningful outcomes for affected rights-holders - and even the best intended ones can have little to no effect. Some may even harm people, instead of mitigating risk. Participants will be invited to share their own experience and viewpoints with reference to a number of responsible business interventions. We will also benefit from inputs from practitioners about innovations and insights into both purchasing practices in the apparel industry, and mining company impacts on, and relationships with, communities.
This session will engage participants in the discipline of working with both leading and lagging indicators to evaluate business respect for human rights. Lagging indicators are about harm that has already occurred. They measure adverse outcomes–what went wrong or has improved after the fact. Leading indicators are the ‘canaries in the coal mine’ that predict harm. They enable companies to fix the causes of harm before it happens.

The objective of the session is to identify what the opportunities and challenges are of working with leading and lagging indicators when evaluating business respect for human rights

Key discussion questions:
With reference to a few specific business and human rights challenges, the session will explore the following questions:
•What views/insight do participants have about which actions to mitigate adverse human rights impacts make a difference to the lives of affected people?
•What can we learn from existing innovations to identify - and build an evidence base around - which actions do in fact make a difference?
•When making judgments about whether a company’s due diligence is, or is likely, to make a difference to affected people, what do participants think is most important to pay attention to?
Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
• Mark Hodge, Senior Associate, Shift
• Martin Buttle, Strategic Lead - General merchandise, Ethical Trading Initiative
• Anjali Nayar, Founder, TIMBY (This Is My Back Yard)
• Casey O’Connor, Sani Scholar in Residence, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights
• Vanessa Zimmerman, Rio Tinto

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