Business responsibility to respect human rights: challenges and opportunities six years after the adoption of UNGPs

Today, the ICJ and FIDH are organizing a side event to to the 35th Regular session of the Human Rights Council on business and human rights.

Business responsibility to respect human rights

Challenges and opportunities six years after the adoption of UNGPs 

A dialogue to move forward

 Thursday 8 June 2017, 15.30-17.00

Meeting Room VIII

Palais des Nations, Geneva

After the adoption of the UNGP in 2011, standards on business responsibility to respect human rights and business human rights due diligence have gained prominence in the global debate on business accountability.

Many companies claim to comply with the UNGP by performing a human rights due diligence including across their global supply chain.

Several initiatives have emerged at regional and national level to promote companies’ due diligence processes, including the EU Directive on non-financial reporting, the UK Modern Slavery Act, the French law on company devoir de vigilance.

Despite the progress, serious human rights abuses still occur in both developing and developed countries.

The ability of companies to identify, monitor and prevent negative human rights impacts in their operations and relationships is still weak and the access to effective remedy remains difficult if not impossible.

This is an opportune moment to take stock of the progresses made to date and the challenges ahead in order to create a level playing field that will effectively promote the respect of human rights in business global operations.

Welcome speech

Saman Zia-Zarifi, ICJ Secretary General


Carlos Lopez, ICJ


Fernanda Hopenhaym, PODER/ESCR-net CAWG steering group

Maddalena Neglia, FIDH

Michael Addo, UN Working Group on BHR

Olivier De Schutter, UN Committee on ESCR/University of Louvain