Report on roundtable in Abu Dhabi, Nov 2013: "Understanding and Implementing Corporate Respect for Human Rights"
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Author: Mark Nordstrom, Senior Labor and Employment Counsel, GE
...Two years ago, the UAE government wouldn’t have held such a meeting. But times have changed. Not only did GBI sponsor an event cohosted by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi, but the World Economic Forum also followed up this event with a workshop on the topic of business and human rights in the UAE...While the GBI discussions covered many important topics relating to these issues, there was particular focus on two issues that multinational companies like GE must take seriously in order to fulfill our responsibility to respect human rights: gender equality and migrant workers.
Roundtable for Business Leaders in the GCC: Understanding and Implementing Corporate Respect for Human Rights
Author: Global Business Initiative
On Sunday 17 and Monday 18 November 2013, an event entitled Roundtable for Business Leaders in the GCC: Understanding and Implementing Corporate Respect for Human Rights provided space for a unique exchange among business and government leaders in relation to this rapidly developing area of corporate responsibility. The session brought together experiences of 90 individuals – from the UAE and Gulf business community and multi-national corporations, together with representatives from UAE, Gulf and international government, civil society, and the United Nations. Companies present included Emirates, Khansaheb Civil Engineering, Vale, Agility, Total SA and many more headquartered in the region and worldwide. The Rountable was convened by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, supported by the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights.