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2013 activities of the Working Group

Please note that all future dates are subject to confirmation and changes.

The below list is not exhaustive and includes:

  • Events organised/convoked by the Working Group
  • Statements, articles, interviews by the Working Group and Working Group members.
  • Events organised by others in which Working Group members participated and/or made formal presentations, to disseminate the Guiding Principles.

Date

Activities

3 December 2013 Working Group letter to the Working Party for Responsible Business Conduct, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, in response to the request for guidance on specific aspects of the Guiding Principles and their meaning in the context of financial transactions and institutions

2-4 December 2013

2013 Forum on Business and Human Rights, Switzerland

25-29 November 2013

6th WG session, Switzerland

22 November 2013

WG presentation at ESCAP Asia-Pacific Business Forum, Australia

4-6 November 2013

WG presentation at conference on implementation of the UN Framework and GPs on Business and Human Rights in Spain, University of Seville, Spain

1 October 2013 WG press release: "Urgent call to halt Odisha mega-steel project amid serious human rights concerns"

23-24 September 2013

WG presentation, Business and Human Rights Conference, University of West Virginia, United States of America

23 September 2013

WG presentation at 5th workshop of Global Community of Practice on Business and Human Rights, United States of America

6 September 2013

WG presentation at 4th workshop of Global Community of Practice on Business and Human Rights, Japan

5 September 2013

WG presentation at multi-stakeholder Forum on Business and Human Rights, Japan

2 September 2013

WG presentation at ASEAN Regional workshop of Global Community of Practice on Business and Human Rights, Singapore

28-30 August 2013

2013 Latin American and Caribbean Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights, Medellín, Colombia

8 August 2013

WG presentation at Earth Security Initiative, Canada

10 July 2013

Cumberland Colloquium: Measuring the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights, United Kingdom

8-17 July 2013

WG country visit to Ghana

10 July 2013

WG presentation at 3rd workshop of Global Community of Practice on Business and Human Rights, United Kingdom

1 July 2013

OHCHR expert meeting: Human Rights and the financial crisis in focus, Austria

26-27 June 2013

WG presentation at OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, France

25 June 2013

WG roundtable with Government of Spain

24-28 June 2013

20th Annual Meeting of Special Rapporteurs, Representatives, Independent Experts and Chairs of Working Groups of the UN Human Rights Council, Austria

17-21 June 2013

5th WG session, Switzerland
WG panel discussion on managing human rights risk in the garment sector supply chain

13 June 2013

WG presentation during meeting of Eminent Persons Group, Global Reporting and Assurance Standards Project, Indonesia

13 June 2013

WG presentation at Annual General Meeting  of Ethical Trading Initiative, United Kingdom

11-13 June 2013

Tällberg 2013: Navigating New Risk Landscapes & Opportunities in Global Food Systems, Sweden

11 June 2013

WG article, 2nd issue of The Business and Human Rights Review, Allen & Overy

10-12 June 2013

Alta preparatory conference for the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Norway

10 June 2013

WG presentation at Allen & Overy Business of Law Seminar: "Business as usual? The commercial impact of Human Rights", United Kingdom

10 June 2013

WG presentation at Business and Human Rights Roundtable, United Kingdom

31 May 2013

WG presentation at Summer School on business and human rights, Singapore

30 May 2013

WG presentation of its reports and interactive dialogue, 23rd session of the Human Rights Council, Switzerland
Webcast – Part 1
Webcast – Part 2
Working Group 2013 report to Human Rights Council (A/HRC/23/32)
Working Group report on October 2012 visit to Mongolia (A/HRC/23/32/Add.1)
Working Group report on State and business surveys (A/HRC/23/32/Add.2)
Non official summary of interactive dialogue

29 May 2013

WG presentation at 2nd workshop of Global Community of Practice on Business and Human Rights, Singapore

29 May 2013

Workshop on Integrating Human Rights into Corporate Risk Management, Singapore

28 May 2013

Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Business and Human Rights: Understanding and Implementing the UN Guiding Principles in ASEAN, Singapore

28 May 2013

WG presentation at Danida Development Days, Denmark

27 May 2013

WG presentation at Q&A Discussion Panel, “Are Human Rights Any of Your Business?” hosted by the UN Global Compact Network, Australia

24 May 2013

2013 Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting, Netherlands

22 May 2013

WG Huffington Post Op-ed: “Shareholders Pressure McDonald’s to Report Human Rights Impacts”

21 May 2013

WG statement on post-2015 development agenda
WG press release: “Equality or bust for post-2015 global development goals”

14 May 2013

WG interview with OpenCanada

14 May 2013

WG presentation at International Workshop on Voluntary Principles and the UN Guiding Principles: Government and Business vis-à-vis Human Rights, Colombia

13 May 2013

WG statement on shareholder resolutions requiring companies to perform human rights due diligence

10 May 2013

WG interview with World Radio Switzerland on Bangladesh: Firms should stay in Bangladesh, 'work through problems'

9 May 2013

WG presentation at 2013 Engaging Business Forum, United States of America

8 May 2013

WG meeting on cumulative impacts, United States of America

8 May 2013

WG press release: “UN expert body urges international brands to work with Bangladesh to prevent another garment disaster”

1 May 2013

WG presentation at Ryerson University, “Understanding the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Recent Developments and Experiences”, Canada

29-30 April 2013

WG international expert workshop on non-judicial grievance mechanisms, Canada

26 April 2013

WG presentation, CSR Speaker Event, Canada

26 April 2013

WG meeting with OECD National Contact Point, Canada

26 April 2013

Dialogue with civil society on business and human rights, University of Ottawa, Canada

23 April 2013

WG meeting on State survey

22 April 2013

WG meeting on corporate survey

22 April – 1 May 2013

WG country visit to the United States
WG press release: “US: Despite progress significant challenges to address adverse business impacts on human rights”
WG Statement at the end of visit to the United States
WG Media advisory for US visit
WG Civil Society Consultation Video

17 April 2013

WG statement at Business and Human Rights in Myanmar Roundtable, Australia

10 April 2013

WG presentation at 1st workshop of Global Community of Practice on Business and Human Rights, Italy

29 March 2013

WG presentation, Business and Human Rights Seminar at La Trobe Business School, Australia

27 March 2013

WG guest lecture on business and human rights, University of Zurich Law Institute, Switzerland

20 March 2013

WG presentation at the University of Nottingham School of Law, “The Uniqueness of the UN Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework as a Corporate Governance Regime”, United Kingdom

13-14 March 2013

WG presentation at the 2013 Annual Plenary Meeting of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, Netherlands

6 March 2013

WG presentation, Speaker Series of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project, United Kingdom

28 February 2013

WG presentation, Business & Human Rights Roundtable at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, United States of America

11-15 February 2013

4th WG session, Switzerland
WG open consultation on GA thematic report on addressing the application of the Guiding Principles in the context of business operations that impact on indigenous peoples
Report on meetings and outcome of 4th session (A/HRC/WG.12/4/1)

8 February 2013

WG commentary on the European Commission’s work on sectoral guidance to business based on the UNGPs

1 February 2013

WG presentation at panel on Human Rights in the European Union, King’s College London, United Kingdom

23-25 January 2013

WG presentation at the Allerhand Institute: Implementing UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Opportunities, Challenges and National Action Plan, Poland

22 January 2013

WG lecture, CeCIL Guest Lecture at University of Kent Law School, United Kingdom