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15 Sep 2023

Online panel discussion: Responsible business conduct for post-war reconstruction of Ukraine: Call from civil societies

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28 September 2023

13.00-18.00 Kyiv time


This year, a panel discussion on business and human rights presents a national dialogue about the concept of responsible business in the process of restoring Ukraine from the consequences of a full-scale Russian invasion. Ukrainian non-governmental organizations, business associations, trade unions, and academic community are invited to participate.

The main goal is to involve civil society in a dialoge on how responsible business conduct should be provided, which are gaps and barriers, what can be the role of non-governmental organizations in ensuring responsible business conduct.

Discussion builds on an open statement on the need to restore Ukraine on the basis of responsible business conduct:

We invite all Forum participants to sign the open statement.

Attention will also be given to the tools civil society can use to ensure responsible business conduct during the reconstruction of Ukraine.

Additional topics for discussion:

  • recent developments in the Business and Human Rights sphere, including the EU Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence
  • correlation between corporate respect for human rights and sanctions (what is the role of non-governmental organizations and business associations)
  • updated OECD Guidelines regarding responsible business conduct
  • how OECD sees the role of NGOs and business associations in the process of restoring Ukraine

We plan to prepare and disseminate the brochure “Responsible Business Conduct for Reconstruction of Ukraine: Vision of Civil Society” as a result of the event. The brochure will be available in two languages – Ukrainian and English...


13.00 – 14.30 General discussion: Why is Ukraine’s reconstruction impossible without responsible business conduct?

Session 1: Standards of responsible business conduct and drivers of their implementation in Ukraine

Session 2: Does the program of Ukraine’s reconstruction take into account the standards of responsible business conduct?

14.30 – 16.00 Discussion of proposals, cases and roadmap for NGO, business and governmental cooperation

16.30 – 18.00 Civil society and universities cooperation to ensure responsible business conduct...

Event Details

Start date
28 Sep 2023
Start time
1 p.m.
Event type
International Laboratory of Business and Human of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Ukraine); Law Group of Wageningen University (The Netherlands)

For more information, please follow the link to the event

Link to Event