In the third session of the FIBS Focus group on Business and Human Rights you will learn
- how to manage a human rights crisis
- how to avoid such crisis with diligent supply chain management.
When “shit hits the fan” and a human rights scandal hits media or the public, everyone in a company becomes concerned about human rights. Almost all Finnish company executives with global value chains have at least a slight “pain in the stomach” regarding to when a human rights scandal breaks lose for another large company. Could it happen to us? What have we got hidden in our supply chains? Are we really aware of what’s going on? Are we managing or risks? Are we up next for scrutiny by the NGOs?
Almost all large Finnish or multinational companies or brands have had their share of human rights “scandals” in media, triggered by investigative journalists or human rights defenders. We all know the cost of getting it wrong – financial, legal, reputational and demotivation for employees.
Different explanatory theories blossom internally and externally about the reasons to why and how it could happen. Name, shame and blame gets thrown around and fear often governs external relationships. Yet it is the opportunity of a life time to make it right – if only handled as such.
When the crisis breaks, everyone is concerned about human rights and willing to invest capital. Yet in ordinary times it can take two years to get five minutes at the Excom meeting to discuss the same topics.
Mattias has assisted at least a dozen companies in managing ethical and human rights “scandals”. He will share his reflections and insights in an interactive fashion and invite the participants to share their own experiences and reflections. He will seek to answer questions including:
- How can we capitalise on crisis management and make real improvements for human rights?
- How do we make top management and the organisation see that the crisis is not only about communication, but really about the underlying human rights issues?
- How can we prepare to make the next scandal into a learning opportunity?
- How can we know when (and where) we are likely to have a human rights “scandal”?
10.00 Registration, coffee and breakfast
10.15 Welcome to the front page! How to manage a human rights crisis, Mattias Iweborg
Integrating human rights due diligence in their supply chain management
5 mistakes not to make in responsible supply chain management, Thomas Trier Hansen
16.00 Session ends
This Focus group consist of four sessions. Find out more about the Focus Group on Business and Human Rights and sign up for the whole training here.
Miira Kokkonen, 044 367 3632, miira.kokkonen(at)fibsry.fi