Forum Session - United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights

Multi-stakeholder initiatives promoted by States to drive business respect for human rights - effectiveness and lessons learned
Date   :  November 27 2019
Locatie  :  Geneva (Switzerland)
Programma  : 09.00 - 10.15 h
Chair  : Dante Pesce - Member UN Working Group  
Organisation  : Social and Economic Council (SER) of the Netherlands

On the basis of the UNGPs and the OECD-Guidelines, governments expect companies to transact business with respect for human rights and the environment. As part of the State’s duty to protect, governments have acted as catalysts for driving business respect for human rights by taking measures, including those that promote and facilitate multi stakeholder initiatives (MSIs).

This Forum session will focus on these innovative MSIs promoted and/or facilitated by States to drive business respect for human rights in a variety of sectors. We would like to exchange experiences and lessons learned, and discuss options for scaling up such initiatives. Questions that have been formulated for this session includes the following. How have different States promoted and facilitated MSIs to drive business respect for human rights? What are the lessons learned from these initiatives? And how can a multi stakeholder approach be effective given the specific context of a State: what works? Also, how can the impact of MSIs be scaled up? And how can MSIs strengthen each other and complement other existing measures that promote responsible business conduct (for example legislation on due diligence)?

We invite you to join us and share your experiences in our interactive Forum session! You will be given ample opportunity to ask questions and share your views on the topic.
The speakers of the panel are:

  • Maylis Souque, Ministry of Economy, France 
  • Daniel Sakyi Asiedu, Ministry of Employment & Labour Relations, Ghana 
  • Anna-Lena Klassen, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany 
  • Alexandra van Selm, Social and Economic Council, the Netherlands

The moderator of the session will be Dante Pesce - Member of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.