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A Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop provides an opportunity for companies, NGOs/NPOs, and academic experts to conduct discussions for human rights due diligence set out in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
In July 2011, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council. The Guiding Principles explicitly and clearly set out that all business enterprises have the responsibility to respect human rights. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the Guiding Principles require them to carry out human rights due diligence that comprises process for identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for how they address their adverse human rights impacts. In response to the endorsement in 2011, in cooperation with companies, NGOs/NPOs and academic experts, CRT Japan established a Nippon CSR Consortium* in 2012 as a platform for multi-stakeholders. The Consortium organizes a yearly Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop (Stakeholder Engagement Program).
Through dialogues with companies, NGOs/NPOs, and academic experts, participants can deepen understanding of the specific contexts in which human rights violations can arise, of the relationship between business activities and human rights, of important human rights issues, and of the importance of promoting business operations with due consideration given to human rights. Discussion contents are summarized and disclosed for the purpose of obtaining public comments, which will be reflected in the final report and published as “Human Rights Issues by Sector”. We believe that the Workshop helps companies to make a base essential for carrying out human rights due diligence.
*CRT Japan serves as a secretariat of the Nippon CSR Consortium, planning and implementing Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop.
Since the program launched in 2012, we have received positive comments from many CSR initiative organizations, both domestic and overseas including the UN organizations, who commented that “this initiative in Japan; where cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds are different from the Western society, discussing business and human rights issues and looking to form a consensus is potentially influential, not only to Japan and Asia but also to the whole world.” Many also commented their expectations for the future development of this initiative. We have presented our initiative at “Business and Human Rights Conference in Tokyo” organized by CRT Japan, and “Forum on Business and Human Rights” hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and received positive comments on it.
The 2018 workshops scaled up to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan. The workshops in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia conducted dialogues with local companies and organizations and take field trips to deepen understanding of human rights issues specific to the local contexts. The workshop in Japan discussed a wide range of human rights issues among multi-stakeholders to identify sector specific human rights issues.
Relevance between the UNEP FI and NGONPO and subject experts by Sector
Report of Stakeholder Engagement Program in Asia
In 2017, at first, the workshop was held in Japan. The participants reviewed any points for addition and modification on “Human Rights Issues by Sector (v.5)” using the Human Rights Guidance Tool (2014 revision) developed by UNEP FI and identified sector specific human rights issues. The final report “Human Rights Issues by Sector (v.6)” was released. Next, the workshops in Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar were also held. The final report “Report of Stakeholder Engagement Program in Asia” was released. Lastly, we held a global dialogue with human rights experts from major domestic and international organizations and the participants from the workshops in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar. The final report “Report of Global Stakeholder Engagement Program” was released.
In 2016, the workshop in Japan addressed the relevance between the SDGs and human rights issues. The participants identified sector specific human rights issues with the use of Human Rights Guidance Tool developed by UNEP FI, and they identified priorities on the SDGs by sector with the use of the SDG Compass whilst considering the SDGs and proposals for the SDGs submitted by NGOs/NPOs at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit. The final report “Human Rights Issues by Sector (v.5)” and “Priorities on the SDGs by sector” was released. The workshop in Thailand was also held to identify important human rights issues for Thai and Japanese companies. The final report “SHE in Thailand Human rights issues by Thai & Japanese companies” was released.
SHE in Thailand Human rights issues by Thai & Japanese companies
Appendix 1 Thai SHE Public Comments Sheet
Appendix 2 SHE in Thailand Public Participants organisation list
Appendix 3 SHE in Thailand comments from NGOs and experts
In 2015, the workshop consisted of the two sessions. In the first session, the participants reviewed any points for addition and modification on “Human Rights Issues by Sector (v.2)” using the Human Rights Guidance Tool (2014 revision) developed by UNEP FI. In the second session, a draft “Food Vision” for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics was released on the basis of a series of workshops that brought together companies mainly from the Food sector, NGOs and other stakeholders.
In 2014, the workshop explored and identified the interconnectivities between global risks and human rights based on “World Economic Forum Reports”. The final report “Human Rights Issues by Sector (v.3)” was released.
Appendix1_the Interconnections Map
Appendix2_Human Rights Issues by Sector v.2
Appendix3_Public Comments Sheet
Appendix4_List of Participants in Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop 2014
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In 2013, the workshop explored sector specific human rights issues from the perspective of value chain. The workshop was very useful for the participants in understanding how each human rights issue was linked to activities of different departments throughout value chain. The final report “Human Rights Issues by Sector (v.2)” was released.
In 2012, sector specific human rights issues were identified based on UNEP FI Human Rights Guidance Tool. The final report “Human Rights Issues by Sector (2013)” was released.