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Reporting and communicating human rights risks

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Reporting a company’s salient human rights risks is a fundamental element of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. What is expected of a company’s human rights reporting in practice? Can your company demonstrate that it respects human rights? How should a company report on its most salient human rights risks? These are some of the questions that we will explore during this full-day training.

The training will be run by Sandra Atler, Director of Human Rights & Business Practice Group at Enact Sustainable Strategies. A specially invited guest Sophie Nyström, Global Sustainability Expert from  H&M will share their experiences on reporting human rights issues.

The training will cover:

  • The basics of human rights reporting, notably the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework
  • Experience sharing from H&M on how to report human rights 
  • Latest trends on human rights risk and reporting
  • How (and if) the GRI can be used as the basis for (all) human rights reporting
  • Salient human rights risks: Practical case-exercises to identify and report on salient human rights risks and an overview of legislative reporting requirements on human rights

We will look into the trends and tools that are currently shaping best practice for human rights reporting, especially the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework that was launched in 2015 and provides human rights reporting guidance for companies. H&M will share their experiences on how they have reported according to this framework as early adopters. Furthermore, we will explore how leading reporting tools, notably the Global Reporting Initiative, can be used and complemented for engaging human rights reporting. We will also share latest trends,  good practices and let you dig into practical exercises with other participants.

In the training you will hear concrete examples and examine how companies have already made use of the framework and reported on their salient human rights issues. Concrete company examples, practical case exercises and group discussions allow the you to understand what constitutes meaningful human rights reporting.

The training approach is based on inspiration, interaction and practical implementation. This means that we inspire the participants, engage them through interactive groupwork and discussions, and let them work on practical implementation through case-exercises.

Background

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were endorsed by the UN in 2011 and constitute the global standard of expected business conduct with regards to human rights. They establish that all companies have a responsibility to respect human rights. Companies have to demonstrate how they know that they respect human rights – in effect a requirement to “know and show.”

Over the past few years, expectations on companies to know and show has increased immensely. Consumers, NGOs, unions, investors, stock exchanges, regulators and not least rights-holders increasingly demand companies to report on their human rights performance.

At least two current trends drive the quick evolutions in this space. First, companies are expected to report on their salient human rights risks. This notion is a fundamental element of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, a voluntary initiative that is becoming “the one way” by leading companies to report on human rights. The other trend is the increasing number of legal requirements – with extraterritorial reach – on companies to disclose how they address human rights issues, where the UK Modern Slavery Act is one example. Other such regulatory requirements with extraterritorial reach include the EU directive on disclosure of non-financial information, the Dodd-Frank Act’s Section 1502 on Conflict Minerals and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.

Who is this training for?

This training is tailored for professionals working with human rights and sustainability reporting or non-financial risk management. It will equip participants with understanding of what constitutes meaningful human rights reporting on salient human rights risks, and how an organisation can make use of publicly available tools, emerging best practices, and be ahead of the developments in human rights reporting. 

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 training.

About the trainer

This training will be run by Sandra Atler, a human rights lawyer and internationally recognized expert on business and human rights with fifteen years of experience in the field. Today Sandra is the Director of Enact’s Human Rights & Business Practice Group. 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 human rights training and advising companies on human rights. Read more about Sandra here.

As a specially invited expert, Sophie Nyström, Global Sustainability Expert from H&M will share H&M's experiences in regards to reporting on human rights issues. H&M was one of the companies globally that first adopted the UNGP Reporting Framework. H&M used the framework in the development of its 2015 sustainability report. Sofie will share H&M’s experiences and provide tips and recommendations on how to identify which human rights risks and issues are relevant to your organization and how to meaningfully report on them.

Sofie joined the Social Team at H&M’s sustainability department in 2008 to work on the implementation of H&M’s code of conduct in the supply chain. In the following years, she has continued to drive the integration of sustainability into H&M’s internal business functions and has been a key person in defining the H&M strategic approach to human rights. Today she focuses is on integrating a UNGP approach across H&M’s operations and to ensure a systematic implementation of human rights in due diligence processes. Her responsibilities also include driving H&M’s reporting on human rights based on the GRI Reporting Standards and UNGP Reporting Framework.

Date, venue & participation fees

Date

Thursday 6.9.2018

Time

8.30-15.00 - programme starts at 9.00

Venue

Business Meeting Park Forum, Mannerheimintie 20 B, 6 krs., Helsinki

Participation fees

Included in the FIBS membership fee. The event is open primarily to FIBS' member organizations, but in case there are free spaces, non-members can participate with a fee of 400 €. 

Further information

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

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