Webinar: “Human Rights and Due Diligence・Considering the Trend in Europe”

July 12 Webinar: “Human Rights and Due Diligence・Considering the Trend in Europe”

Unanimously approved by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, and celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” stipulates that in addition to state’s obligation to protect human rights, companies also have a responsibility to respect human rights. In order to ensure its effectiveness, legislation is being promoted in each country, and the movement is particularly remarkable in Europe. Currently, environmental and human rights due diligence legislation at the EU level is being discussed, and the law was recently passed in Germany as well.

In this webinar, we will learn about Japan’s national action plan (NAP) released last October and the work of current Japanese companies, in addition to learning about France and Germany’s legal system and practice. In doing so, we will deepen discussions among multi-stakeholders namely companies, investors, and civil society on how to promote business and human rights initiatives in Japan.

◆Date & Time: July 12th, 2021 (Monday) 15:00~17:00
◆Event Meeting Method: Zoom Webinar
◆Language: Japanese・English (Simultaneous Interpretation)
◆Participation Fee: FREE
◆Signup Here: https://bhrevent20210712.peatix.com/
◆How to watch: By the day before the event, we will send the Zoom link to the email address used to signup.
◆Speakers (In order):
Hiroko Kado (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
Hideki Wakabayashi (Representative at BHR Civil Society Platform/Secretary General at JANIC)
Masao Seki (Senior Advisor, Sustainability Department, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc./ Professor, School of Business Administration, Meiji University)
Robert Grabosch (Attorney-at-Law, Schweizer Legal)
Luicie Chatelaih (Sherpa, Advocacy and Litigation Officer)
Yuka Iwatsuki (Vice-Representative Secretary at BHR Civil Society Platform/ Representative at Certified NPO ACE)
Minoru Matsubara (Resona Asset Management Co. Ltd. Executive Officer, General Manager of Responsible Investment Department)
Akiko Sato (Deputy Secretary General at Human Rights Now /Japan Researcher & Representative at Business & Human Rights Resource Center)

1 Opening remarks – Hiroko Kado
2 “The overview on the NAP on BHR and efforts to achieve the NAP” : Hideki Wakabayashi
3 “Progress and challenges in Japanese companies’ business and human rights initiatives:Masao Seki
4 Panel Discussion・Q&A
Robert Grabosch
Luicie Chatelaih
Masao Seki
Yuka Iwatsuki
Minoru Matsubara
Moderator: Akiko Sato
5 Closing Remarks

BHR Civil Society Platform (https://www.bhr-nap-cspf.org
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/)

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