Understanding human rights due diligence requirements for the financial sector , UBS, Dienstag, 25. September 2018

Do you know the human rights risks associated with your business operations? Are you aware of the increasing expectations on businesses to understand and address their human rights risks?  


Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) and twentyfifty ltd. are delighted to announce this workshop on how you can identify and manage the human rights risks of your portfolios and transactions. This workshop is commissioned by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) as part of the Swiss strategy for implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. 



Companies increasingly face requests from clients, investors, governments and civil society to show that they respect human rights in their own operations, and global supply chains. Integrating human rights due diligence into daily business practices is therefore vital for remaining competitive in a global market and meeting these ever-increasing requirements.




The workshop will focus on how Swiss businesses from the financial sector can apply the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct effectively in their own organisations. Participants will learn through interactive exercises, making human rights accessible to companies of different sizes and enabling them to discuss the topic in a safe space. Questions that will be covered are: 




What are the human rights due diligence requirements and how do they apply to my business?  


How can I identify the human rights risks of my portfolios and transactions?  






How can I prioritise business action on identified risks and process gaps?  




Target group: This workshop is for financial service providers of all sizes interested in identifying and managing their human rights risks more effectively.
Program
09:00   Registration & coffee
09:30   Welcome & introduction
09:45  Input:

Human rights due diligence & international trends
Human rights impacts in the financial sector & good practice examples

10:15   Exercise:

How to identify risks in my portfolios & transactions?
How to prioritise business action?
My corporate action plan

11:45   Wrap-up
12:00   Lunch and networking

Costs: For SSF members : CHF 65 (subsidised by the FDFA and EAER, original costs 215 CHF)
For other participants: CHF 95 (subsidised by the FDFA and EAER, original costs 215 CHF) 


The workshop will be held in English.  



We would like to thank UBS for offering their premises for this workshop.



Luke Wilde
Luke is the chief executive and founder of the management consultancy twentyfifty ltd. since 2004. He has worked with many multinational companies and their supply chains to integrate respect for human rights in practical ways which create business value. He works across the extractives, commodity trading, finance, food and agriculture, technology and science, garments and travel sectors.
Prior to twentyfifty ltd., Luke worked for the UN Staff College, PwC and London Underground and was an adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Luke holds a Diploma in Management Studies and an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University.
 
Sarah Dekkiche
Sarah Dekkiche recently joined twentyfifty as Director Consulting Switzerland. She has experience in CSR, responsible business conduct and human rights due diligence. Before joining twentyfifty, Sarah worked for amfori-trade with purpose and CSR Europe, respectively two business associations based in Brussels. She has worked with large enterprises as well as SMEs from various sectors, such as garments, food and agriculture, finance and technology.
Sarah is an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium and holds a French-German double diploma in political sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (France) and the Westfälische Wilhems-Universität Münster (Germany).



Understanding human rights due diligence requirements for the financial sector

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