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Mary Robinson Speaker Series

Our flagship annual event, founded in 2010, provides a platform for advocates working in business and human rights. Every year we convene a panel of experts from across the field, who are led in discussion by Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

An Introduction

Each year the Mary Robinson Speaker Series spotlights emerging issues in the field of business & human rights. It looks to move forward the debate, by bringing together people from business, investment, legislative and human rights communities, as well as voices speaking on behalf of those most impacted by egregious human rights abuse.

Raising the bar: Regulating to end corporate abuse

The 2023 Mary Robinson event will focus on the new wave of regulation aiming to end corporate impunity, while empowering communities and workers in global supply chains. Our panel will explore the importance of rigorous corporate accountability and human rights due diligence legislation and the need for business and investor leadership to promote human rights-centred operation and investment for a right-centred corporate activity.  Our panel of speakers will bring their expert perspective on emerging human rights regulation. The event will feature government representatives, company/investor, and worker voices, and through their rich analysis, will demonstrate that corporate human rights due diligence – growing in stature internationally – is a crucial opportunity to empower and protect marginalised communities and workers.

Previous Events

Power Switch: Centring human rights in the clean energy transition in Africa (2022)

The 2022 Mary Robinson Speaker Series highlighted how a human rights-centred approach is essential to an equitable clean energy transition in Africa - a crucial discussion ahead of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Building a Just Recovery: Strategies for Change (2021)

Our panel explored the unique challenges at the intersection of labour rights and technology rights, focusing on gig economy workers and the frameworks required to ensure companies respect their human rights.

Building a Just Recovery: Workers' views on the post-pandemic economy (2020)

The first digital Mary Robinson Speaker Series welcomed labour voices from communities hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, along with other global thinkers, who together discussed the path to a just recovery.