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Panel on Human Rights Due Diligence - Forum on Business and Human Rights 2018
27 Nov 2018 -  Building coherence on essential elements of human rights due diligence
Organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights in collaboration with the OECD

Short description of the session:
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights clarify that all business enterprises have an independent responsibility to respect human rights, and that in order to do so they are required to exercise human rights due diligence to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address impacts on human rights. The introduction of this concept was one of the major contributions of the Guiding Principles. The 2018 release of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct provided another important step forward in helping clarify what human rights due diligence involves in practical steps. As it is in full alignment with the UN Guiding Principles, these two frameworks together provide a solid foundation promoting and scaling up responsible business conduct in a coherent and effective way. Also issued in 2018, a report by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights on to the UN General Assembly further highlights key features of human rights due diligence and why it matters; gaps and challenges in current business and Government practice; emerging good practices; and how key stakeholders — States and the investment community, in particular — can contribute to the scaling-up of effective human rights due diligence.

Session objectives
This Forum session takes place against this background with a view to:
Highlight the essential elements of human rights due diligence set out in the UN Guiding Principles and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.
Demonstrate the close alignment between these two frameworks.
Engage stakeholders in a discussion on the way forward for achieving wider and comprehensive uptake of human rights due diligence in standard business practice.

The discussion will also set the stage for the 27 November plenary session involving senior leaders from international organizations charged with the task of promoting corporate responsibility and responsible business, with business respect for human rights as a bedrock.

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
•Lene Wendland - Chief, Human rights and Economic and Social Issues Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

•Tyler Gillard, Head of Sector Projects and Legal Adviser in the Responsible Business Conduct Unit of the OECD’s Investment Division, OECD
•Dante Pesce, Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
•Viviane Schiavi, Senior Policy Executive – Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption, International Chamber of Commerce
•Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, Coordinator, OECD Watch

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