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Panel on Driving Better Better Due Diligence - Forum on Business and Human Rights 2018
27 Nov 2018 -  How can benchmarks, rating agencies and ESG researchers drive more and better human rights due diligence
Description:
This round-table session is part of a human rights due diligence (HRDD) track, which focuses on the roles of benchmarks, rating agencies and ESG researchers can, or are, having in driving improvements in human rights due diligence conducted by companies. Drawing on a round-table of speakers, the session will set out how different approaches are able to create impact and where further efforts need to be made. The second half of the session will focus on interaction with the audience, who will be invited to dig into the detail and challenge the speakers on their assertions.

Objectives:
• To explain how benchmarks (e.g. the CHRB), ESG Researchers and Ratings (e.g. the Modern Slavery Registry and Vigeo-Eiris) and stock markets can interact and put pressure on companies to implement the UNGPs, specifically their responsibility to implement human rights due diligence and what they are seeing.
• To understand where there are blockers to progress and where more effort should be directed, in order to maximise the impact of the current levers of power.

Key Discussion Questions:
The discussion questions are planned to be asked to some (if not all) the participants each time, to elicit a short response. The questions will also be tailored / linked to a similar question which will be posed to the audience who will be asked to vote and respond with questions of their own that will be fed to a relevant participant.

• What is your organisation’s role in pushing HRDD and what trends are you seeing? 2-minute answers only. This will be supported by audience interaction, asking the audience to vote Yes/No on whether they think companies have improved their HRDD, whether the levers of change can generate sufficient progress etc.
• Do you think more pressure should be applied to investors, or the companies they invest in, in order to drive better HRDD and outcomes for people? 2-minute answers. Again, the audience can vote for one side or the other.
• Is the current focus on the SDGs, including ranking companies by their contributions to the SDGs, likely to result in better HRDD within companies, or to distract from it? 2 minute answers.
Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
•John Morrison, Chief Executive, Institute for human rights and business
SPEAKERS:
•Fouad Benseddik, Head of Methods and Institutional Affairs, Vigeo-Eiris
•Patricia Carrier, Project Manager, Modern Slavery Registry, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
•Edoardo Gai, Head of Sustainability Services, RobecoSAM
•Anthony Miller, Coordinator, Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development •Daniel Neale, Programme Director, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB)
•Dante Pesce, Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
•Jennifer Rietbergen-McCracken, Head of Research, Responsible Mining Foundation

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