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Notes of Nov 2009 feedback event on UK Govt. study into business & human rights in UK

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17 December 2009

[DOC] Ministry of Justice: The Private Sector and Human Rights Project - Summary of Meeting 17 Dec 2009 [UK]

Author: UK Ministry of Justice

This meeting follows the feedback event held on 12 November 2009…The purpose of this meeting is to consider how to move this work forward…One strong message to come out of the scoping study and feedback event is that the UK private sector would like clarification on how the Human Rights Act works, but would not welcome any further legislation…[I]t will be important to articulate the business case for respecting human rights, so that businesses view it as an opportunity rather than a burden…The EHRC is holding an event on 21 January 2010 to engage in further dialogue with businesses…It was agreed that the group will meet again in March 2010, to consider how to take the work forward.

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16 November 2009

[PDF] The Private Sector and Human Rights in the UK

Author: TwentyFifty, commissioned by UK Govt. Ministry of Justice, Department of Health

..The Private Sector and Human Rights scoping study was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health, to provide an insight into how businesses understand human rights and to establish a dialogue with the UK private sector on the subject…This report is about how a number of companies understand and tackle human rights issues in the UK...The outreach behind this report involved 167 companies, employing around 2 million people in the UK and 4.5 million globally. It involved an online questionnaire and in‐depth interviews...[companies interviewed: Asda, Asidua, Atos Origin, BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, Bupa, Concordia YSV, Dana Petroleum, EON, Innocent, Kalyx, KPMG, Manpower, McAvoy Group, National Express, National Grid, Pentland Brands, RBS, Serco, Sodexho, Thames Water, Vodaphone]

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12 November 2009

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

Author: UK Ministry of Justice

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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