"Business & Human Rights: 3 perspectives": 4 Dec 2007, London

INVITATION – “Business & Human Rights: 3 perspectives – from China, Africa and a pioneer in the field”: launch of the Sir Geoffrey Chandler Speaker Series

5.30 for 6pm, Tuesday 4 December, Brunei Gallery auditorium, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London

Open your newspaper and the chances are you will find a story on companies’ human rights impacts.  From Blackwater security firm killings in Iraq…to the victims of Bhopal…to calls for divestment from Burma.…to labour issues in supply chains...to pollution.  At the same time, many firms are taking steps to promote respect for human rights within their operations and beyond.

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is pleased to invite you to a special event featuring:

Sir Geoffrey Chandler: “Business & human rights: Reflections on progress made and challenges ahead”
Founding Chair of Amnesty International UK Business Group; former senior manager at Royal Dutch/Shell; former Director General of the UK National Economic Development Office

Roddy Shaw Kwok-wah: A perspective from China
East Asia Researcher (based in Hong Kong), Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Abiola Okpechi: A perspective from Africa
Africa Researcher (based in South Africa), Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Sir Geoffrey will be introduced by Lord Joel Joffe, who was Nelson Mandela’s defense counsel, Director of Allied Dunbar Life Assurance, and Chair of Oxfam UK.  The event will be led by Chris Marsden OBE, Chair of Trustees of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Chair of Amnesty International UK Business Group, and former Head of Community Affairs at BP.

Please RSVP to Joe Westby by 20 Nov: [email protected]; phone +44 20 7636-7774.  

Resource Centre staff and trustees would be pleased to see you there.

This event is free of charge.  The Resource Centre is an independent registered charity.  Any support you can provide would be greatly appreciated, helping us to cover the cost of this event and to continue our work providing balanced, up-to-date information on companies’ human rights impacts worldwide.  Please consider an online donation, or sending a cheque to our London office payable to “Business & Human Rights Resource Centre”.

Event details:

Time: Tuesday 4 December 2007
5:30-6:00 pm   Arrival/registration
6:00-7:30 pm   Panel discussion
7:30-8:30 pm   Drinks reception

Place: Brunei Gallery auditorium, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London WC1H 0XG

Directions: Brunei Gallery is between Malet Street and Thornhaugh Street, in the north-west corner of Russell Square opposite the main entrance to SOAS.  Nearest underground stations are Russell Square, Goodge Street, Euston, Euston Square and Tottenham Court Road.

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