The UN Global Compact Network UK’s Business & Human Rights Summit will be an interactive digital event featuring a series of discussions over the course of two days, 30-31 March 2021. We will be bringing 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
UNITING BUSINESS (& HUMAN RIGHTS) FOR A BETTER WORLD
Session overview: This session will convene government, 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 will share their insights on main business and human rights issues in 2021 and upcoming years, identify 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.
CEO & Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact
Hermien Botes, Head of Sustainability Engagement, Anglo American
Dr Waris Husain, Senior Attorney, American Bar Association Center for Human Rights
David Schofield, Group Head of Corporate Responsibility, Aviva
Marcela Manubens, Global VP, Integrated Social Sustainability, Unilever
TARGET GENDER EQUALITY ACTION DIALOGUE
Session overview: In this high-level policy dialogue, participants will look back at the first edition of Target Gender Equality in the UK, discuss 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.
Dr Elisabeth Kelan, Professor of Leadership & Organisation, University of Essex
Simon Boss, Chief Executive, Shoosmiths
Stephen Miles, CEO Commercial Services, DWF LLP
Claire Barnett, Executive Director, UN Women UK
Shiv Sibal, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Marshalls plc
Tim Strawn, Regional CEO for EMEA, ERM
ACTING AGAINST STATE-IMPOSED FORCED LABOUR
Session overview: There is a growing number of examples highlighting state-imposed forced labour infiltrating global supply chains. This session will bring business, government, 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 - Executive Director, Freedom United
Owain Johnstone - Policy Advisor, Ethical Trade Initiative
Josephine Carlsson - Church Ethics Lead, CCLA Investment Management
Julia Batho, Head of Labour Rights, IHRB (Moderator)
Peter Andrews, Head of Sustainability Policy, British Retail Consortium
CLIMATE MIGRATION AND THE ROLE OF BUSINESS
Session overview: Climate-induced migration is increasingly becoming a reality that business cannot ignore. This session will discuss climate migration with business, experts and civil society and focus on what strategies and practical actions business can take to address this issue.
Caroline Ashley, Director of System Change, Forum for the Future
Mr. Andrew Harper - UNHCR Special Advisor on Climate Action