"The confederacy of conscience keepers" - A critical look at the UN Forum on Business & Human Rights
Author: Sudeep Chakrabarti, Livemint, Published on: 19 October 2016
Over 14-16 November in Geneva, several hundred UN bureaucrats, lawyers, representatives of major corporations and human rights practitioners will gather at the fifth edition of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. They will deliberate on this mouthful of an agenda: ‘Leadership and Leverage: Embedding human rights in the rules and relationships that drive the global economy’...Are such meetings worth it, beyond UN bureaucrats justifying their salaries; corporations showing off human rights and corporate social responsibility dressage; lawyers shimmying up to offer consultancy to businesses and wronged communities alike; and non-governmental organizations with an eye on benefactors? Yes, because this is the Davos of business and human rights. [Mentions Nestlé SA, Coca-Cola Co., H&M, Statoil ASA, Unilever Plc and Rio Tinto Group].