The “2016 Business and Human Rights Conference in Tokyo”, co-hosted by Caux Round Table Japan (CRT Japan), the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, and the Institute for Human Rights and Business, was held on the 15th and 16th of September, 2016. The conference had the three pillars, focusing on (1) enhancing awareness and understanding on the latest trends in business and human rights, (2) facilitating collaborative work to promote a respect of human rights and (3) facilitating the implementation of United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The speakers and attendees also discussed how to address business risks on supply chain and build a responsible supply chain.
The programme on Day I had the session on “Introduction to Global Trends of Business and Human Rights” in which global experts on business and human rights provided leadership perspectives on the business and human rights agenda and current global trends. Also, “Stakeholder Engagement Programmes” in Japan and Thailand which CRT Japan played a role as the secretariat, and actual case of human rights due diligence by company were introduced.
The programme on Day II focused on the four themes; Responsible Supply Chain, Access to Remedy, Business and Human Rights and Investors (CHRB), and Mega-Sporting Event and Human Rights. The global speakers and attendees discussed how to promote responsible behaviour to advance a respect of human rights. Approximately the more than 200 attendees were from governments, companies and NGOs. Prior to the conference, the eight individual dialogues were conducted between sponsoring companies and human rights experts.
An overview of the conference is available here.
Caux Round Table Japan