Parallel events at the Forum on Business and Human Rights

For details about parallel events (focus and speakers), please click on the respective sessions listed below. Please also refer to the Forum programme for confirmation about time and venue. For more information on parallel UN-led sessions, please click here:


1 December

10:00 – 11:30

Room XI: Principles in Practice: recent developments in law and legal practice in the field of business and human rights
Organised by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Faculty of Law at Western University

Room XXII: Access to remedy at international financial institutions: challenges and opportunities of non-judicial grievance mechanisms
Organised by Accountability Counsel, SOMO, Inclusive Development International

Room IX: Putting the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into practice: Perspectives from companies, NGOs and trade unions
Organised by Ethical Trading Initiative

11:45 – 13:15

Room XI: Ensuring access to effective judicial & non-judicial remedies: progress, trends & recommendations
Organised by ICAR, BHRRC, CORE, ECCJ, FIDH, and Larry Catá Backer, Pennsylvania State University School of Law

Room XXII: Privatized remedy and human rights: Re-thinking grievance mechanisms
Organised by Rights and Accountability in Development and MiningWatch Canada

Room IX: Human Rights Implications of Indirect Sourcing Practices in Global Supply Chains
Organised by the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU School of Business

14:45 – 16:15

Room XXIII: Improving Human Rights Reporting: the contribution of the Reporting and Assurance Framework Initiative (RAFI)
Organised by Shift

Room XXII: Indigenous Peoples, access to justice and reparation within the context of business operations
Organised by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Coordinadora Andina de Organiciones Indigenas and the European Network on Indigenous Peoples

Room IX: Financial regulation to enhance human rights due diligence: recent developments in South America
Organised by the Peruvian Superintendency of Banks, Insurers and Private Pension Funds

16:30 – 18:00

Room XXIII: Ranking business and human rights - The potential of benchmarking the corporate respect for human rights
Organized by the Measuring Business and Human Rights project, together with the Access to Medicine Index, Behind the Brands, Ranking Digital Rights and the Human Rights Performance Benchmark

Room XXII: Transnational cooperation among National Human Rights Instituations on business and human rights
Organised by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions

Room IX: The Financial Sector and Human Rights: Assessing responsibilities and benchmarking progress
Organised by BankTrack

18:00-19:30

Book launch / emerging literature on business and human rights (with John Morrison and Mahdev Mohan & Cynthia Morel)  


2 December

13:00 - 14:00

Council Chamber: Unsung Heroes: A Tribute to Human Rights Defenders
Interactive Panel Debate
Organised by the European Union

14:30 – 16:00

Room XI: Engaging companies to integrate human rights: examples from two regions

I. Latin America: The commitment of the Central American Private Sector to respect Human Rights
Organised by CEGESTI

Africa: Sub-Saharan Africa Case Study-Opportunities and Challenges of integrating Human Rights in development agreements- Community Engagement Models, the tool for solution
Organised by Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment- LITE Africa

Room IX: Indigenous peoples and extractive activities: challenges and the FPIC as an approach to solution
Organised by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy and the International Comittee for the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas

16:15 – 17:45

Room XXII: Does the world need a human rights based convention on healthy diets? Exploring the role of food corporations towards the rights to adequate food and health
Organised by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and its partners

Room XI: Latin American Public Policy Session
Organized by Centro Vincular

Room IX: Responsible behaviour by Chinese companies: changes at home and abroad
Organised by Global Witness


3 December

08:00 - 09:30

Room XXI: An international arbitration tribunal on business and human rights
Organised by Lawyers for Better Business and Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Room XXIII: Investigating and tackling labour rights abuses and improving access to remedy
Organised by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission

Room XXII: Overseeing private security operations in complex environments: putting the international code of conduct for private security service providers into practice
Organised by ICoCA, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces

Room XI: Embedding the corporate responsibility to respect human rights: trends and challenges in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles towards the promotion of a multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation
Organised by CSR Europe and Fair Play Human Rights Consulting

Room IX: Improving protection and ensuring participation of land and environment defenders in all business initiatives and discussions
Organised by Peace Brigades International, Franciscans International, the World Organisation against Torture, the International Federation for Human Rights within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights and CIDSE

Room XXI: Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments
Organised by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Room XXII: Individual Choice, Collective Action: How Social Accountability Helps Communities and Business Solve Collective Action Problems
Organised by World Vision International

Room XXIII: Obstacles and Challenges encountered by indigenous women in their efforts to access effective remedy and recognition as rights-holders by the extractive industry
Organised by Latin American Mining Monitoring Programme

09:45 - 11:15

Room XI: Resolution A/HRC/26/9, a step forward towards the Elaboration of an International Legally Binding Instrument on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with respect to Human Rights
Organised by the Permanent Mission of Ecuador

11:30 – 13:00

Room XXII: Development Finance Institutions and the Operationalization of the Guiding Principles
Organised by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Room XI: Regional Implementation of the Guiding Principles: Lessons from Asia and Europe
Organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation

Room IX: The Treaty process- implications for business
Organised by the International Organisation of Employers

14:30 – 16.00

Room XXII: Export Credit and the UNGPs: Challenges and Proposals
Organised by the Danish Export Credit Agency, ECA-Watch, Justica nos Trilhos and Global CSR

Room XI: The power of data to address business and human rights
Organised by Oxfam, the Global Reporting Initiative and the Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association

Room IX: Due diligence within corporate groups: the relevance of direct duty of care in protecting human rights
Organised by the University of Essex Business and Human Rights Project with Professor Surya Deva, City University of Hong Kong

18:00 - 19:30

Room XXI: Beginning the discussion: The surveillance industry and human rights
Organized by Privacy International


4 December

9:00-17:30 

Community-based human rights impact assessment training, organised by Oxfam, FIDH and Poder