2016 UN Forum on Business & Human Rights

14-16 November | Geneva

"Leadership and Leverage: Embedding human rights in the rules and relationships that drive the global economy"

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The UN Forum is the world's largest annual gathering on business and human rights with some 2,300 participants from government, business, community groups and civil society, law firms, investor organisations, UN bodies, NHRIs, trade unions, academia and the media.

Over three days, participants take part in 60+ panel discussions on topics that relate to the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights  (the "Protect", "Respect" and "Remedy" Framework), as well as issues such as the crackdown on human rights defenders, implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring trust in mega sporting events.

The Forum is the foremost event to network, share experiences and learn about the many initiatives to promote corporate respect for human rights. For a summary of the 2015 Forum discussions, click here.

Previous participants include:

  • Sharan Burrow, Secretary General, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Paul Bulcke, CEO Nestlé
  • Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom
  • Mo Ibrahim, Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Hina Jilani, Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan & Member of the Elders
  • Irene Khan, Director-General, International Development Law Organization. Former SG of Amnesty International
  • Paul Polman, CEO Unilever
  • Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation on Climate Justice
  • John Ruggie, Architect of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in economics & Professor at Columbia University

Companies, law firms & investor organisations:

Allen & Overy, Anglo American, Aviva Investors, Barrick Gold Corp, BG Group, BNP Paribas, BP, Cartier, Chevron, Clifford Chance, Coca-Cola, Credit Suisse, Daimler, De Beers, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Ericsson, EY, Ferrero Firmenich, General Electric, Google, H&M, Heineken, Hermes Investors, Hess Corporation, Hilton Worldwide, Hitachi, KPMG, Linklaters, L'Oreal, Mars Inc, McDonald's, Michelin, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Monsanto, Nestlé, Nokia, Novo Nordisk, Orange, P&G, Pfizer, Philip Morris International, Primark, PwC, Richemont, Rio Tinto, Sakhalin Energy, Samsung, Shell, Statoil, Syngenta, Telecom Italia, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Total, UBS, Unilever, Walt Disney Company.

Civil Society:

Amnesty International, BHRRC, Earth Rights, FIDH, Human Rights Watch, ICAR, IHRB, ITUC, Oxfam, PODER, Shift, SOMO.

Business and employer organisations:

B Team, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Electronics Industry Corporate Citizenship Coalition, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI), International Council on Mining and Metals, International Chamber of Commerce, IPIECA, International Organisation of Employers, US Council for International Business, World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

International & regional bodies:


Session proposals: Information is here on submission of proposals; the deadline was 31 July 2016.


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