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In June 2008, a Policy Framework for Business and Human Rights was adopted by the UN. In June 2011, the UN adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) providing principles for implementation of the 2008 Framework. This marked the successful culmination of many years of hard work under the dedicated leadership of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Prof. John Ruggie. However, the principles will remain declarations of good intent unless proper and targeted implementation efforts are undertaken.
The EU strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility (2011-14) commits the European Commission to publish a report on EU priorities for implementation of the UNGP by the end of 2012. The Commission also invites Member States to develop national plans for the implementation of the UNGP and expects European enterprises to address corporate human rights responsibility as defined by the UNGP by the end of 2012.
High-level representatives from Member States, European institutions, business, civil society and academia have been invited to a forward-looking dialogue in Copenhagen on 7-8 May 2012 on business and human rights. Taking a business perspective on the challenges of implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Copenhagen conference aims to provide:
- Opportunities for dialogue and interaction amongst UNGP stakeholders
- Recommendations for the:
Documentation - A Conference Report summarising key recommendations
- European Commission to implement the UNGP
- EU Member States to develop national plans for UNGP implementation
Participation in the Conference is by invitation only.
Charlotte Kjeldsen, Danish Business Authority under the Ministry of Business and Growth
Tel: +45 33 30 77 00, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Wibe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Tel: +45 33 92 02 49, email: email@example.com