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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.
2017 Human Rights Due Diligence Workshops will take place in Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar
Based on human rights due diligence process set out by the UN Guiding Principle on Business and Human Rights, CRT Japan has conducted a Stakeholder Engagement Program (SHE) in Japan every year since 2012, providing an opportunity for companies and stakeholders to conduct a dialogue.
The SHE in 2017 will be held in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Japan. A “Face to Face” dialogue will be conducted as required by the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and “Responsible Supply Chain”. In the SHE in Japan, we comprehensively discuss human rights issues related to all these countries.
Further information on the program is here
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
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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