Understanding and Implementing Respect for Human Rights in a Business Context: A Conference for Business Leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta, 6 November 2014—Today, a unique and timely conference will be held in Jakarta to explore the responsibilities of business regarding human rights – including good practices, innovations and challenges. Over 150 representatives from Indonesian private and state-owned enterprises, multinational companies, and civil society experts will convene to exchange experiences, share challenges, and suggest ways forward […]

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RAFI is Introduced in the Philippines for the First Time

Manila, 4 November 2014—Caroline Rees, President of Shift, visited Manila this month to present the Reporting and Assurance Framework Initiative (RAFI) at an event organized by Shift and the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights-Asia (ESCR-Asia), in cooperation with the Makati Business Club, Integrity Initiative, the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, Asia Pacific Pathways […]

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Understanding and Implementing Respect for Human Rights in a Business Context

The Human Rights Resource Centre, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), Moores Rowland Indonesia (MRI) and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) are convening a conference for business leaders – Understanding and Implementing Respect for Human Rights in a Business Context
 
This one-day conference will bring together business leaders to share good practices, innovations and challenges related to a rapidly developing area of corporate responsibility – human rights in a business context.  Participation in the conference is by invitation only. 
 
For more information and event registration, please view the event flyer.

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HRRC, KADIN, MRI and GBI to Convene “Understanding and Implementing Respect for Human Rights in a Business Context”

 
9 September, Jakarta—On the 6th of November 2014 in Jakarta, the Human Rights Resource Centre, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), Moores Rowland Indonesia (MRI) and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) are convening a conference for business leaders – Understanding and Implementing Respect for Human Rights in a Business Context
 
This one-day conference will bring together business leaders to share good practices, innovations and challenges related to a rapidly developing area of corporate responsibility – human rights in a business context. The conference will benefit from experiences of Indonesian business, international companies, and ASEAN and global experts to discuss the relevance, challenges and practices in relation to human rights and business.
 
The conference will recognize the leadership shown by Indonesian corporations, and identify areas for improvement in relation to social impacts and the application of international standards in policies, processes and practices. The conference is aimed to support business leaders from diverse industrial sectors and business functions, including legal, risk, business development, procurement, compliance, human resources, public policy, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Participation in the conference is by invitation only. 
 
For more information and event registration, please view the event flyer.

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Concluding Report on Business and Human Rights: Social Auditing and Compliance Standards – A Research Team Submission

Jakarta, 7 July 2014 — The Human Rights Resource Centre (HRRC) announces the conclusion of a research project on a potential set of standards, aimed at strengthening the use of the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) by business enterprises. The UNGP was unanimously adopted by the Human Rights Council on 6 June 2011. An authoritative […]

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HRRC Participates in Roundtable Discussion on “Stakeholder Engagement in Human Rights Due Diligence – Challenges and Solutions for Corporations”

Singapore, 16 June 2014 — Michelle Staggs Kelsall, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Resource Centre, joined discussions held in Singapore on 16 June 2014 which focused on the important topic of stakeholders’ engagement in human rights due diligence by ICT companies. 
 
The organizer of the roundtable, Microsoft Company, noted that for many global ICT companies, a major corporate responsibility priority at present focuses on how to apply the UN Guiding Principles’ corporate responsibility to respect guidance through a systemic approach to human rights due diligence. However, ICT companies are faced with challenges when determining how to undertake human rights due diligence in ways that effectively and accurately identify risks to rights holders. Principle 18 of the Guiding Principles is important in this context, providing high-level direction for how companies should engage with human rights stakeholders. 
 
The aim of the roundtable was to identify creative, scalable, sustainable and responsible models to help guide stakeholder engagement. The Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), on behalf of Microsoft, developed a working paper, “Stakeholder Engagement in Human Rights Due Diligence:  Challenges and Solutions for ICT Companies,” which was used to help frame discussions at the roundtable. With inputs gained from roundtable discussions, the paper endeavors to answer the following question: How should an ICT company engage with rights holders when it may have hundreds of millions (or even billions) of users spread across the world using diverse products, services, technologies, and applications in vastly different human rights environments?
 
Participants focused on how best to define and engage rights holders and stakeholders—including internal stakeholders, such as employees. Participants also discussed the leadership role companies can take to overcome existing barriers. It was agreed that human rights must not be an afterthought, but a key consideration when making decisions.
 
This was the fifth roundtable to be held by the Microsoft Company to date. It was preceded by similar discussions in Brussels, Berlin (two roundtables), and San Francisco.

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ASEAN CSR Network Launches its “ASEAN CSR Vision 2020” and the AICHR Launches its CSR and Human Rights Baseline Study

Singapore, 14 June 2014 — On 12 June 2014, the ASEAN CSR Network (ACN) launched the “ASEAN CSR Vision 2020” initiative in Singapore. Ms. Michelle Staggs Kelsall, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Resource Centre, attended the noteworthy event and extended the Centre’s commendation for the important work ACN is doing to raise awareness on corporate […]

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RAFI Publishes 2013 Take Away Document and Next Steps for 2014

Jakarta, 16 April 2014 — Shift and Mazars, together with the HRRC, recapitulates in a ‘Take-Aways’ from RAFI Consultations in 2013 the key messages that the RAFI Project Team drew from the expert multi-stakeholder consultations it held in Jakarta, London and New York in October and November 2013, as well as the project workshops in […]

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HRRC Co-Organises Workshop on Business and Human Rights During the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum

Jakarta, 16 April 2014 — During the ASEAN People’s Forum/ASEAN Civil Society Conference, held in Yangon from the 21st to the 23rd of March, HRRC’s Deputy Director, Michelle Staggs Kelsall shared conclusions drawn from HRRC’s 2013 Baseline Study on Business and Human Rights in ASEAN and other on-going projects, particularly the Business and Human Rights Reporting and […]

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SHIFT and MAZARs Hold Consultation Meeting on RAFI in New Delhi, India

Jakarta, 14 April 2014 — On 25 March 2014, JSL Stainless Limited held a consultation meeting on the Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative in New Delhi. The consultation was organized in collaboration with the Centre for Responsible Business and was attended predominantly by participants from the business sector, but with a number also from investment, civil society and government backgrounds.  A full copy of the meeting summary can be downloaded here.

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