Climate and Human Rights: Building Resilience for Business 

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Business risks are evolving at a more rapid rate than ever as the world experiences extreme levels of disruption in the forms of climate, health, economic, and social justice crises. Business risks stemming from each of these crises are increasingly inter-related and must be addressed via an integrated approach, only then can companies effectively build resilience and thrive in spite of these stresses. 

The UN Global Compact Network UK is organising a four-part Climate Action and Business & Human Rights webinar series that will support companies to take holistic action to address climate and human rights-related issues by raising awareness, addressing challenges, and demonstrating practical actions. Participants will explore the interlinkages between climate and human rights risks, as well as practical tools, resources, and good practice to enable business to develop comprehensive approaches to address these two critical issues and build business resilience, and broader environmental and societal resilience. 

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Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence
16 March, 10:00-11:30 GMT

This session will open with a keynote speech which will provide a high-level overview of the nexus between climate action and human rights for business. It will review existing reporting frameworks and the links between them, as well as explore the business case for Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence Legislation and provide practical guidance for pre-emptive action.   

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A Human Right to a Just Transition
20 April, 10:00-11:30 BST

This session will examine how the steps taken against climate change can impact the workers and communities most affected by the transition to net-zero, including those in carbon-intensive sectors and emerging technologies. It will highlight best practice examples from companies who have made commitments in this space and include civil society voices to present the idea of a human right to a just transition.

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Vulnerable Communities, Vulnerable Businesses
11 May, 10:00-11:30 BST

This session will feature interventions from those with lived experience of aggravated impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss on the grounds of gender, age, or membership of an indigenous community. It will showcase case studies in which the private sector has effectively engaged with those most vulnerable through inclusive and participatory development approaches. The session will also explore how partnerships with communities can support the effective implementation of nature-based solutions. 

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Supply Chain Solutions
15 June, 10:00-11:30 BST 

This session will dive into the supply chain risks presented by climate change and showcase the benefits of assessing these risks through a human rights lens. It will feature examples from companies who have already embedded this approach in their supply chain practices. The speakers will provide perspectives from different sectors and geographies. 


For any questions about the Climate and Human Rights: Building Resilience for Business webinar series, please contact Robert Mitton, Project Manager (Climate Action) or Cora Edwards, Project Manager (Business & Human Rights).