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ICAR 2019 Annual Meeting Report Summary

Author: ICAR, Published on: 22 May 2019

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) convened its eighth annual meeting on April 24-25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The meeting focused on three key themes: addressing inequality through greater government oversight of corporations; effective human rights due diligence; and strategies to counter the closing of civic space...

 ...The first day was dedicated to an in-depth examination of the question “What does effective due diligence look like?” The morning panel considered two interrelated themes: emerging legislation and rulemaking, principally in Europe; and the mix of guidance, tools, benchmarks, multi-stakeholder collaborations, and other initiatives that inform corporate understanding and implementation of human rights due diligence in global supply chains. A series of afternoon workshops delved deeper looking at a range of strategies for due diligence, including emerging transparency reporting requirements; engaging new, tech driven, corporate business models; new approaches to strategic litigation; the role of investors and disclosure of non-financial information; and evidence gathering techniques used by investigative reporters and government law enforcement officials.

The second day highlighted stories from human and environmental rights defenders on the front lines and strategies to push back against the closing of civic space...

Read the report for a full report of what was discussed at the meeting. 

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