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6th April

Business and Human Rights Knowledge Group

As part of our Business and Human Rights Knowledge Group series of 2017, Advocates for International Development is delighted to invite you to a roundtable discussion:

Human Rights Impact Reporting: Going Beyond Minimum Compliance

Thursday 6th April 2017 from 6 to 8pm

 White & Case LLP

5 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1DW

The discussion will bring together lawyers, businesses and human rights advisers, to explore the implications of developments in UK legislation on corporate human rights non-financial reporting.

While the UN Guiding Principles and other initiatives such as the UN Global Compact provide a framework for reporting on how companies respect human rights, non-financial reporting is also finding its way into national law, through the Modern Slavery Act (2015) and the integration of the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive into the Companies Act (2006).

These new laws raise the bar for business to meet the international norm relating to their ‘responsibility to protect’. Legal advisers increasingly need to advise their business clients to go beyond minimum compliance, thus taking up the opportunity to become change agents in the fight against rights abuses. Advising ethically is no longer a nicety, but is becoming a necessity.

We will aim to address the following questions:

  • Will the new reporting regime provide real value in addressing business human rights impacts?
  • What challenges do businesses face in implementing the new laws and how can lawyers help?
  • To provide advice that will best guard against risk for their clients, do lawyers need to move beyond ‘black letter’ law and provide advice to meet polycentric governance requirements?
  • What lessons can we learn from the development sector’s approach to aid programming to ensure ethical and effective compliance with Non-Financial Reporting (NFR)?
  • What are some examples of business ‘best practice’ and how have they benefited from NFR?

We will use this opportunity to ask you what kind of information and training you would like to help you with NFR requirements and ensure your firm is at the forefront of responsible advising.

To allow for an honest and engaging conversation, Chatham House Rules will apply, and spaces are limited to 40 people. Please contact Laurène Veale, Head of Learning, for more details and to register: laurene.veale@a4id.org 

Participants to this discussion will include expert human rights advisers, senior lawyers from global firms, human rights barristers, leading figures in the field of Business and Human Rights and representatives of government bodies active in this sector.

The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception from 8pm.

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