Regional consultation of the UN Special Representative on business & human rights - Johannesburg, South Africa, 27-28 March 2006: Summary of proceedings

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1 April 2006

[PDF] Regional consultation convened by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises - Johannesburg, South Africa, 27-28 March 2006 - Proceedings Summary

Author: Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises

On 27-28 March 2006, the first of these regional consultation was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to addressing the overall mandate, the Johannesburg consultation was intended to focus specifically on views and experiences on corporate related human rights challenges posed by operating businesses in areas of conflict or otherwise weak governance zones. It brought together some 80 participants from 12 different African countries, representing 30 companies and 31 NGOs as well as academics institutions (see Annex I: Invitee list...The next regional consultation will take place in Bangkok on 26 - 27 June 2006...[attendees include representatives from the following companies: ABB, AngloGold Ashanti, Anvil Mining, Areva, Barclays, De Beers, ExxonMobil, Gold Fields, Total, Anglo American]

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27 March 2006

[PDF] Speech by Salil Tripathi, International Alert - Sub-Saharan Consultation Convened by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights and the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, Johannesburg, South...

Author: Salil Tripathi, International Alert

I began by talking about how certain individuals, or certain companies, took exceptional steps in particular moments of crises, and acted in ways that contributed to reducing tensions, conflict, and respected human rights. For a company to act in a certain manner all the time, it needs more than individual goodwill, or corporate good intentions. It needs a framework...What companies need is guidance at the ground level so that they can develop their procedures. Over the last few years, several tools have become available and I now turn to these tools. [refers to General Motors, Polaroid, ChevronTexaco, Statoil]

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