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5th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights


15 - 17 November 2016


Geneva (Switzerland)

Contact: General inquiries: [email protected]
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Forum title: "Leadership and Leverage: Embedding human rights in the rules and relationships that drive the global economy"
Speakers: Latest speaker list
  • Programme (quick view/printable)
  • Programme (longer version)
    The Programme examines 3 main areas:
  1. State leadership and leverage: discussions will focus on the need for Governments to step up their efforts to protect human rights and lead by example in their own business-related operations.
  2. Business leadership and leverage: sessions will unpack the dual concepts of leadership and leverage across the company value chain and in business relationships with various stakeholders.
  3. The role of financial institutions: participants will take a closer look at how human rights intersect with capital markets and explore the responsibility of financiers to drive respect.
Watch recorded sessions: To watch the sessions that were recorded, see UN Web TV
Statements Plenary remarks and other statements are posted here
2016 Forum key messages and highlights:

Key messages, takeaways and discussion highlights are available here

The 2016 Forum chairperson's summary report can be downloaded here

OHCHR presentation of the 2016 Forum delivered at the 35th Human Rights Council (June 2017)


About the Forum

The UN Forum is the world's largest annual gathering on business and human rights with some 2,300 participants from government, business, community groups and civil society, law firms, investor organisations, UN bodies, NHRIs, trade unions, academia and the media.

Over three days, participants take part in 60+ panel discussions on topics that relate to the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights  (the "Protect", "Respect" and "Remedy" Framework), as well as current business-related human rights issues.

The Forum is the foremost event to network, share experiences and learn about the many initiatives to promote corporate respect for human rights. For a summary of the 2015 Forum discussions, click here.

Previous participants include:

  • Sharan Burrow, Secretary General, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Paul Bulcke, CEO Nestlé
  • Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom
  • Mo Ibrahim, Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Hina Jilani, Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan & Member of the Elders
  • Irene Khan, Director-General, International Development Law Organization. Former SG of Amnesty International
  • Paul Polman, CEO Unilever
  • Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation on Climate Justice
  • John Ruggie, Architect of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in economics & Professor at Columbia University

Companies, law firms & investor organisations:

Allen & Overy, Anglo American, Aviva Investors, Barrick Gold Corp, BG Group, BNP Paribas, BP, Cartier, Chevron, Clifford Chance, Coca-Cola, Credit Suisse, Daimler, De Beers, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Ericsson, EY, Ferrero Firmenich, General Electric, Google, H&M, Heineken, Hermes Investors, Hess Corporation, Hilton Worldwide, Hitachi, KPMG, Linklaters, L'Oreal, Mars Inc, McDonald's, Michelin, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Monsanto, Nestlé, Nokia, Novo Nordisk, Orange, P&G, Pfizer, Philip Morris International, Primark, PwC, Richemont, Rio Tinto, Sakhalin Energy, Samsung, Shell, Statoil, Syngenta, Telecom Italia, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Total, UBS, Unilever, Walt Disney Company.

Civil Society:

Amnesty International, BHRRC, Earth Rights, FIDH, Human Rights Watch, ICAR, IHRB, ITUC, Oxfam, PODER, Shift, SOMO.

Business and employer organisations:

B Team, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Electronics Industry Corporate Citizenship Coalition, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI), International Council on Mining and Metals, International Chamber of Commerce, IPIECA, International Organisation of Employers, US Council for International Business, World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

International & regional bodies:


Watch 2015 participants discuss some #BizHumanRights issues

The UN Human Rights Council, under paragraph 12 of its resolution 17/4, established the Forum to serve as a key global platform for stakeholders to ”discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights.” It is guided by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights.


Plenary statements

Other statements and presentations

Statements made in session on 'National action plans to implement the UNGPs: stepping up Government commitments and action'

Learn more about the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights