United Nations Global Compact: group photo with 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights participants. Palais Wilson, November 30, 2017, Geneva, Switzerland. ©OHCHR/Pierre Albouy
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This Summit was generously supported by Marshalls plc, enabling these important conversations to take place.

The UN Global Compact Network UK’s Business & Human Rights Summit was an interactive digital event featuring a series of discussions over the course of two days, 30-31 March 2021. We brought business representatives together with top leaders from the United Nations, the UK Government, and civil society to progress, shape, and showcase how businesses are addressing salient human rights issues in 2021.

30 March - Day 1


09:45-11:00 BST

Session overview: This session convened business leaders, and civil society to discuss the importance of human rights for the conduct of responsible business globally and locally. A high-profile speaker panel shared their insights on main business and human rights issues in 2021 and upcoming years, identifying key cross-sector partnerships and synergies – especially in relation to the SDGs, UNGPs, and other relevant frameworks – and set the scene for this two-day summit.


Sanda Ojiambo
Sanda Ojiambo,
CEO & Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact
Dr. Márcia Balisciano (2)

Dr Márcia Balisciano,
Global Head CR, RELX and Chair, UNGC UK (Moderator)


Antonio Zappulla,
CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation


Peter Hugh Smith,
CEO, CCLA Investment Management

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Marcela Manubens,
Global VP, Integrated Social Sustainability, Unilever

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Dr Waris Husain,
Senior Attorney, American Bar Association Center for Human Rights

David Schofield (004)

David Schofield,
Group Head of Corporate Responsibility, Aviva

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Anita Ramasastry, Member-UN Working Group-Business & Human Rights & Henry M. Jackson Prof. of Law, University of Washington

For any questions regarding this session, please contact Karla Drpić, Project Manager –Business & Human Rights.

11:30-13:00 BST

Session overview: In this high-level policy dialogue, participants looked back at the first edition of Target Gender Equality in the UK, discussed forward-looking steps and ambitious corporate targets that companies are setting to advance women’s representation and leadership in business, and foster discussions and partnerships on gender equality between relevant stakeholders.


Prof Kelan (2)

Dr Elisabeth Kelan, Professor of Leadership & Organisation, University of Essex

Simon Boss (2)

Simon Boss, Chief Executive, Shoosmiths

Dr. Márcia Balisciano (2)

Dr Márcia Balisciano, Global Head CR, RELX and Chair, UNGC UK

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Shiv Sibal, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Marshalls plc

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Tim Strawn, Regional CEO for EMEA, ERM

Claire Barnett

Claire Barnett, Executive Director, UN Women UK


Stephen Miles, CEO Commercial Services, DWF LLP

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Deepti Velury, Chief People Officer, Tag Worldwide Group

Leanne Wood

Leanne Wood, Chief HR Officer, Vodafone

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Rebekah Martin, HR SVP Reward & Inclusion, AstraZeneca


Carly Bilsbrough, Head of CSR, The Very Group

Emma Cowan

Emma Cowan, Associate Director, Programmes, Social Development Direct

TGE Action Dialogue

For any questions regarding this session, please contact Karla Drpić, Project Manager – Business & Human Rights. 

13:30-14:45 BST

Session overview: There is a growing number of examples highlighting state-imposed forced labour infiltrating global supply chains. This session brought business associations and civil society together to discuss how to best act in order to prevent state-imposed forced labour from entering supply chains.


Joanna Ewart-James

Joanna Ewart-James, Executive Director, Freedom United

Owain Johnstone (002)

Owain Johnstone, Policy Advisor, Ethical Trade Initiative

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Julia Batho, Head of Labour Rights, IHRB

Peter Andrews (3)

Peter Andrews, Head of Sustainability Policy, British Retail Consortium

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Chris Southworth, Secretary General, International Chambers of Commerce UK

State-Imposed Forced Labour (002)

For any questions regarding this session, please contact Marcella Mizzi, Project Manager – Business & Human Rights.

15:30-17:00 BST

Session overview: Climate-induced migration is increasingly becoming a reality that business cannot ignore. This session discussed climate migration with business, experts and civil society and focused on what strategies and practical actions business can take to address this issue.


Caroline Ashley (3)

Caroline Ashley, Director of System Change, Forum for the Future

Andrew Harper (002)

Mr. Andrew Harper, UNHCR Special Advisor on Climate Action

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Dr. Lee Matthews, Assistant Professor in Business and Society, Nottingham University Business School

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Owen Tudor, Deputy General Secretary, The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

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Dr. Liz Wilks, Sustainability & Stakeholder Director – UK & Europe, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) Sinar Mas

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Dilhan C. Fernando, CEO of Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company PLC. & Chairman of the UN Global Compact Sri Lanka Network

Climate Migration Role of Business (002)

For any questions regarding this session, please contact Marcella Mizzi, Project Manager – Business & Human Rights.

*Please note that we have taken every care to ensure that all sessions at the Business & Human Rights Summit feature gender and ethnically diverse panels, where possible.