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Is human rights REALLY anything more than reputational risk?

Yes that’s a bit of a clickbait headline. Sorry.

But it’s also a question one still hears being asked at senior levels in large companies.

Those asking it aren’t particularly immoral people, as far as I know. It’s just that their day to day lives aren’t filled with information about what human rights means for business.

Sound a little familiar to some? Moral ignorance aside, it’s still true in some cases.

That’s changing as we all know, and not before time.

(Some recent reflections on how the debate on human rights and business has evolved in the fifteen or so years I’ve been working on them, can be found here, if you are interested)

To help answer the above question, and others less click-baity, Innovation Forum’s ‘How business can better manage human rights risks’ conference is taking place on 1-2 November at the offices of Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer in London.

It will be the fourth in the series, which contributes to our extensive work on modern slavery and forced labour. We’ll build on previous discussion, with an emphasis on tangible, interactive and high-level discussion on how business can best engage and manage human rights risks in their operations and supply chains.

In plenary, breakouts, workshops and Q&A’s, we will cover issues including:

  • The business case: is human rights risk REALLY anything more than a reputational risk?
  • Civil society expectations: what’s the latest and where do you stand?
  • Modern slavery – keeping up the momentum two years on
  • The current political climate – does your business have a role in responding?
  • Data privacy and cyber risk: the latest human rights threat?
  • Legislation: the latest implications for your company and how to stay ahead of the curve

Have a look through the full agenda here:

A few of the organisations we have participating so far include Global Witness, ABN AMRO, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Vodafone, Shift, Mars, Twinings, Institute for Business and Human Rights, Unicef, John Lewis, Standard Life, International Tourism Partnership and more to be revealed soon.

If you are interested in attending the forum, you can sign up at the early bird rate here, saving £400:

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch with:

Eilidh Morrison | Project Director

Innovation Forum: events and insight for sustainability

+44 (0) 203 780 7437