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[DOC] Private Sector and Human Rights Project Feedback Event- Notes on Meeting 12 Nov 2009 [UK]

Author: UK Ministry of Justice, Published on: 12 November 2009

TwentyFifty...commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health to conduct the Private Sector and Human Rights Project scoping study, outlined the study’s methodology and presented its findings in detail…[A] panel consist[ing] of Jiwan Raheja (Ministry of Justice), Alan Christie (Equality and Human Rights Commission), Bryan Cress (CBI), Chris McCann (Asda) and Philippa Birtwell (Barclays)…outline[d] their response to the scoping study’s findings…CBI [said]…“It is important to clarify what the significant human rights within the UK are and what responsibilities businesses have for addressing these”…Asda…identified four strategic imperatives for their business and all businesses over the next few years: food security, energy security, population growth, & climate change… Barclays ha[d] a strong focus on…the human rights of employees…human rights risk management…using human rights to enhance stakeholder relationships…The biggest challenge is to make the business case, particularly to SMEs [Small and Medium Enterprises]

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Related companies: ASDA (part of Walmart) Barclays Walmart