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Indigenous Peoples – Value, Impact and Engagement

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It is important for companies to consider indigenous peoples’ rights in global value chains as well as in the Scandinavian home markets. The UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights require companies to pay particular attention to the rights of indigenous peoples in their business operations.

Understanding and meeting the expectations of indigenous peoples is becoming necessary for companies with long and complex supply chains. Even today, the marginalization, abuse and threats towards indigenous peoples' rights are prevailing.

A common perception is that companies can excuse themselves from enhancing indigenous peoples’ rights as they are not directly in contact with them. However, such a perception is wrong as it interferes with what is stipulated in the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. Also, it can become very costly for a company to not take indigenous peoples’ rights into account as it may result in higher risks and misused business opportunities.

In this session, you will gain further understanding on:

  • The importance and value of considering indigenous peoples' rights in companies' human rights due diligence process
  • Concrete ways in which business operations affect indigenous peoples' rights
  • Principles and strategies of engagement with indigenous peoples
  • Practical ways in which companies can manage their potential impacts on indigenous peoples’ rights in global value chains

FIBS and Enact Sustainable Strategies invite businesses to explore how they can incorporate indigenous peoples’ rights into their human rights due diligence process.

The session is primarily targeted to large and mid-sized FIBS’ member companies that operate in production, procurement or sales. Experts from across the company (CSR, risk management, strategy, business development) are welcome in the event.


12.30    Registration and coffee

13.00    Welcome and introductions
             Riikka Leppänen, Corporate Responsibility Specialist, FIBS

Indigenous peoples' rights and business - legal and operational perspectives
Sandra Atler, Head of Human Rights and Business Practice Group, Enact Sustainable Strategies

Stora Enso's approach to ensuring indigenous peoples' rights in business
Frank Seier, Head of Human Rights and Social Affairs, Stora Enso

The Sami perspective on inclusive business
Jan Saijets, Member of the Sami Parliament

16.00    Session ends

About the session

The session will be facilitated by Sandra Atler, Head of Enact Human Rights and Business Practice Group. Sandra is a human rights lawyer and internationally recognized expert on business and human rights with fifteen years of experience in the field. Sandra is also a Lecturer and Course Director for Business and Human Rights at the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University. Sandra has vast experience of conducting human rights due diligence and advising multinational companies on human rights.

The company case of the event will be presented by Frank Seier, Stora Enso's Head of Human Rights and Social Affairs. Frank is responsible for the development of Stora Enso's group-wide human rights strategy and due diligence program, and overseeing its implementation to ensure respect for human rights in Stora Enso's operations and supply chains. Frank joined Stora Enso from the Danish Institute for Human Rights, where he provided human rights due diligence advice and services across a wide range of sectors.

Jan Saijets is a member of Sami parliament for his second term and chair of the educational committee. His main motivation to join Sámi politics was land use issues. Originally Jan Saijets is from Inari, Lapland, and nowadays lives in Tampere. He is a Doctor of technology and works as a senior research scientist with radio frequency integrated circuit design as his main occupation.

Date & venue


Tuesday 5.6.2018




Business Meeting Park, Yrjönkatu 29 C, Helsinki

In cooperation with

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The workshop is part of a larger programme financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs 


Further information

Miira Kokkonen, tel. 044 367 3632, miira.kokkonen(at)fibsry.fi


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