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Mary Robinson Speaker Series

Our flagship annual event, founded in 2010, provides a platform for advocates working in business and human rights. Every year we convene a panel of experts from across the field, who are led in discussion by Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

An Introduction

Each year the Mary Robinson Speaker Series spotlights emerging issues in the field of business & human rights. It looks to move forward the debate, by bringing together people from business, investment, legislative and human rights communities, as well as voices speaking on behalf of those most impacted by egregious human rights abuse.

2021: Building a Just Recovery: Strategies for Change

The impact of the pandemic on gig economy workers has shown that a just recovery from the pandemic requires both binding frameworks to ensure companies respect human rights, and a rights framework that fits the unique challenges at the intersection of labour rights and technology rights for workers. This year's Mary Robinson Online Speaker Series will explore the nature of exploitation faced by gig economy workers and the strategies employed to challenge these abuses. Click below to secure your free ticket!

Previous Events

Building a Just Recovery: Workers' views on the post-pandemic economy (2020)

The first digital Mary Robinson Speaker Series welcomed labour voices from communities hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, along with other global thinkers, who together discussed the path to a just recovery.

Turning up the Heat (2019)

With keynote speaker Ikal Angelei, Director of Friends of Lake Turkana in Kenya, panellists discuss solutions from indigenous peoples and progressive business to drive the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Business & Civic Freedoms (2018)

In Southeast Asia, countries that not long ago were improving the protection of fundamental rights are regressing. We explore the role of companies, examining cases where the private sector has been complicit, and where a critical role has been played to push back against repressive government action.