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Wednesday, November 18 • 16:30 - 17:45
Regional trends and dialogue: Western European and Others Group

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Session organized by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights 

Brief description of the session: 
This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in the context of each region of the world. Focused discussions aim to take a closer look at legal and policy innovations and practices on which progress can be built.

The session will involve presentations by governments that are moving ahead with regulatory and policy innovations, including to promote better human rights due diligence, effective implementation of national action plans on business and human rights and strengthened access to an effective remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses. The presentations will be complemented by perspectives from other relevant stakeholders in a spirit of constructive dialogue.

Objectives of the session: 
  • Share lessons learned from recent government efforts with potential to drive greater policy coherence and reach scale in business implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.
  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned and way forward, including on how to strengthen a race to the top among WEOG countries.
  • Help to inform the WG’s project ‘Business and human rights: towards a decade of global implementation' (also known as “UNGPs 10+ / Next Decade BHR”). Centred around the upcoming tenth anniversary of the UNGPs in 2021, the project is taking stock of practice to date, identifying gaps and challenges, and developing a vision and roadmap for scaling up implementation of the UNGPs over the course of the next decade.

Background documents and submissions 

Italy contribution for the Forum session “Regional trends and dialogue: Western European and Others Group”
Snapshot on NAPs in WEOG, by the Danish Institute for Human Rights

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Anita Ramasastry

Member, Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Anita Ramasastry is the Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School Of Law. She researches and teaches in the fields of law and development, anti-corruption, international... Read More →

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Martina Vandeberg

President, The Human Trafficking Legal Center
Martina E. Vandenberg is the founder and president of The Human Trafficking Legal Center.Vandenberg has spent more than two decades fighting human trafficking, forced labor, rape as a war crime, and violence against women. Vandenberg has represented victims of human trafficking pro... Read More →
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Laurent Lhopitallier

Corporate Social Responsibility, Sanofi
Laurent LHOPITALLIER, is in charge of Sanofi's duty of vigilance plan. Laurent joined Sanofi in 2013 as part of the global CSR team. Previously a consultant with Deloitte, Laurent has led global assignments in designing sustainability strategies, in embedding Human Rights in business... Read More →
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Robert McCorquodale

Professor, Inclusive Law
Independent advisor, experienced academic and practitioner, and expert trainer on business and human rights to companies, NGOs, governments, industry associations, and international organizations.Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Nottingham, UK; barrister... Read More →
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Bob Mitchell

Vice President, Responsible Business Alliance
As Vice President at the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), Bob leads the strategy development and implementation for environmental and human rights programs. He is a 16-year veteran of Hewlett Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, with over 11 years in sustainability. He was... Read More →
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Laura Curtze

Director Business and Human Rights, Global Compact Network Germany
Laura Curtze is Director for Business and Human Rights at Global Compact Network Germany (GCNG). The German Network is among the oldest and largest Local Networks of the UN Global Compact, with more than 600 participants from business, civil society, public sector and academia. GCNG... Read More →
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Lucie Chatelain

Advocacy and Litigation Officer, Sherpa
Lucie Chatelain is an Advocacy and Litigation Officer in Sherpa's Globalisation and Human Rights Programme.Sherpa is a French non-governmental organisation which aims to defend victims of economic crimes and fight against new forms of impunity linked to globalisation - through legal... Read More →
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Justine Nolan

Director, Australian Institute for Human Rights
Justine Nolan is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney. She is a Visiting Professorial Scholar at NYU's Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Justine's research focuses on the intersection of business and human rights, in particular, corporate responsibility for human... Read More →
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Elin Wrzoncki

Department Director, Human Rights and Business, Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)
Director of Human rights & Business Department at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark's National Human Rights institution (NHRI). The DIHR works with a variety of actors, including state actors, financial institutions and others to advance implementation of the UNGPs. In... Read More →
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Elizabeth Wilde

Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Australia
Ms Wilde is a senior officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Ms Wilde is the Deputy Head of Mission in Geneva, focusing primarily on human rights, health, humanitarian and UN specialised agencies. Prior to her current role, in DFAT she led the Human... Read More →

Heike Drillisch

Coordinator, CorA Netzwork for Corporate Accountability

Wolfgang Bindseil

Head of Division for Business and Human Rights, Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Therese Randazzo

US Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection

Odile Roussel

Ambassadrice chargée de la bioéthique et de la responsabilité sociétale des entreprises

Wednesday November 18, 2020 16:30 - 17:45 CET
Virtual Room 2