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Global Business Initiative roundtable on business & human rights in Asia (Delhi, Nov 2009)

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10 February 2010

Delhi Roundtable

Author: Global Business Initative

On November 5th and 6th 2009, New Delhi, India the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights hosted a Roundtable event attended by around 100 representatives from business, civil society and government. The event provided an opportunity for business-to-business learning, sharing and dialogue on human rights, and provided business attendees with further prospects to engage in the Business and Human Rights agenda with the work of the Initiative and its’ regional Partners, GC Network India and Partners in Change.

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1 February 2010

[PDF] Business and Human Rights Roundtable: A focus on South Asia and South East Asia

Author: Global Business Initative

[A] number of themes were raised during the roundtable…When addressing the human rights responsibilities of business – there needs to be a stronger link made to…concerns such as poverty, natural resource use, climate change, conflict and corruption…Business broadly accepts and sees the benefit of an approach based on universal human rights…[T]here is strong interest in learning from good practices around the world..[Y]et, [there are] few examples of the full integration of human rights into business management…A number of actions and needs emerged including:Increased activity by the UN Global Compact Network India…on the topic of Business and Human Rights…A series of industry-specific training events in India as well as demand for in house orientation of all high level operational personnel, then an assessment and finally training and integration…[refers to positive action on various human rights issues by ABB, Airtel, Ayala, Bank of Ceylon, BP, Brandix, Chevron, Desicrew Solutions, EDF Intl. (part of Electricité de France), Engro, Garment Manufacturers' Association in Cambodia, General Electric, Groupe Danone, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, Indian Oil, Jaipur Rugs , Jindal Stainless, MAS Holdings, Monsanto, Pfizer, Shell, Sime Darby, Tata Group, Yes Bank]

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