Join us at the 3rd UN Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia!

Join us at the 3rd UN Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia!

The updated agenda can be found here.

Join us at the 3rd UN Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia on 10 November 2022!

UNDP in Europe and Central Asia and the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights are organizing the event.

In this year’s edition, we will reflect on challenges and opportunities in promoting the implementation of the UNGPs in the region in light of ongoing socio-economic, humanitarian, and conflict-related crises.

As PIHRB we will be present in two sessions:
1.Business and Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: the state of play – during which trends and challenges to BHR in EE&CA Region will be discussed, following the lauch of the UNDP Scoping Study findings on the Implementation of UNGPs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
2.
The path to a regional Roadmap in Eastern Europe and
Central Asia – when Beata Faracik, will summarise the discussion and present the way forward. For the full programme  please refer to: https://www.businesshumanrights-ecis.com/

The Forum will be held in a hybrid format (virtual and in Istanbul) on 10 November 2022 – 07:00-15:30 Central European Time (CET)/09:00-17:30 Istanbul time (TRT).

Register now: https://lnkd.in/eCBZgQf

Registration for the first CEE&CA Summer Academy on Human Rights & Business is now COMPLETED!

Registration for the first CEE&CA Summer Academy on Human Rights & Business is now COMPLETED!

Thank you for applying to CEE&CA Summer Academy on Human Rights & Business. The call for applications is now closed. All candidates will be informed about the outcome of the recruitment process by August 21st. 

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Call for applications

Programme

Lecturers

Steering Committee

The CEE&CA Summer Academy is organized by the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business (PIHRB; Polish: Polski Instytut Praw Człowieka i Biznesu) and the Ukrainian Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Ukrainian: Національний юридичний університет імені Ярослава Мудрого) in partnership with the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UNDP, the CEECA Resource Hub and the CEE Business and Human Rights Association. The Summer Academy has also profited from the support and advice of the Steering Committee.

 

The Summer Academy is open and free of charge to passionate people who want to leave a positive mark on the world by driving implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in their sectors and organizations and helping others to understand what is needed to ensure greater respect for human rights on the part of business organisations.

 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? 

Participants of the Summer Academy will obtain the knowledge, skills and competences that will allow them to support the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in their respective countries, which will contribute to improvement in the respect for human rights in the context of business operations across the region. Growing number of legislation around the world requiring increased transparency on ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues as well as pressure from investor and large multinationals already falling under various regulations, will increase demand not only for business professionals able to set up human rights due diligence processes but also public administration officials required to monitor and enforce the regulations as well as civil society activists that will be able to monitor and verify level of respect by companies in their operations and supply chains.

The CEE&CA Summer Academy aims:

  • to raise participant awareness on the business and human rights (BHR) agenda and standards with the goal to enhance respect for human rights by business and the effective functioning of legal and non-legal remedies for human rights in cases of business caused violations;
  • to provide a systematic knowledge and understanding of the impact of business on human rights, the role of the state and non-state actors in the process of the proper implementation of business and human rights standards; good practices will be provided;
  • to form skills to monitor (benchmark) human rights risks in business operations;
  • to raise awareness as to the process of developing National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights and other policy and legislation developments;
  • to create and develop a network of BHR experts and to raise awareness of business and human rights in the region of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Participants will also gain the opportunity to become members of the CEE&CA BHR Summer Academy Alumni Network (CEECA BHR Alumni Network) and those who obtain the Diploma – subject to their consent – will be listed as BHR Contact Points for their respective country on the CEECA BHR Resource Hub.

 

SUMMER ACADEMY FORMAT AND PROGRAMME

The (Full) Summer Academy will be held online via Zoom and Big Blue Button online platform and will consist of two parts:

  • Core Summer Academy – 21-27 September 2022 (5 working days i.e. 21-23 September and 26-27 September with weekend break in between)
  • Four webinars held between October and December 2022.

The first three days of the Summer Academy dedicated to BHR core knowledge and theory (Part I), will follow the polycentric governance system underpinning the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, i.e. respectively the division into (I) the State duty to protect human rights, (II) the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and (III) access to remedy pillars.

Knowledge gained during those days will lay the groundwork and prepare the participants for two practice-oriented days of workshop sessions and meetings with practitioners (Part II).

 

CERTIFICATES, DIPLOMAS & CONFERENCE

Upon completion of the Core Summer Academy, participants will be issued with a Certificate of Participation.

Those participants who also take part in a minimum three out of four webinars and write a short paper for the e-publication will be issued the Diploma of the Summer Academy. 

Finally, a minimum of three participants who write the best papers for the e-publication will be invited to present those papers at the BHR conference in spring 2023 in Poland, with the organizers covering the full flight and accommodation costs during the conference.

 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOW CLOSED.

The Summer Academy 2022 is part of a broader project 'Lighthouse-keepers: Business and Human Rights Cooperation Network’ led by the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business (PIHRB) in partnership with the Ukrainian Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Ukrainian: Національний юридичний університет імені Ярослава Мудрого), the Icelandic Association for Sustainability and Democracy – Alda (Icelandic: Alda – félag um sjálfbærni og lýðræði), the Icelandic Ombudsman for Children (Icelandic: Umboðsmaður barna).
The project benefits 
from a grant under the Active Citizens – Regional Fund from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, through EEA GrantsSee more about the project, HERE.
Seminarium nt. postępowania biznesu w czasie wojny, 10 marca br., 11-13

Seminarium nt. postępowania biznesu w czasie wojny, 10 marca br., 11-13

Leaflet in English / Leaflet in Ukrainian

Recording of the webinar

Report from the webinar

The Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University and Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business invite you to join us at the webinar dedicated to

BUSINESS CONDUCT IN TIMES OF WAR

AGENDA of the meeting

Date and time: 10 March 2022, 12.00-14.00 Kiev time, 11.00-13.00 CET, online (zoom)

Link to registration: https://forms.office.com/r/i7iGb8GHzj

On 24 February 2022, Russia began a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. Several officials and analysts called the invasion the largest conventional military attack in Europe since World War II. Russian forces began their bombardment of cities in eastern and southern Ukraine, including Kharkiv, the country’s second city, causing devastating damage. Kyiv was heavily attacked. According to the UN, by March 5th, 2022, more than 1.2m people, including about half a million children, have fled Ukraine into neighboring countries.
During these days, the role and actions of companies – which under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights have responsibility to respect human rights also at the time of armed conflict – are in the focus of attention.
The purpose of the event – which will bring together companies, academics, civil society organizations, and state authorities – is to discuss business conduct during the war, share examples of companies’ support for IDPs and refugees, identify good practices based on other conflicts as well as discuss challenges faced by corporate actors when trying to ensure respect for human rights in the current situation and identify possible solutions. We hope that the format will provide sufficient space for companies and CSOs to share their experience and inspire each other, with an intended outcome being strengthened corporate ability to respect human rights in times of war.

The event will take place on the zoom platform on March 10, 2022 from 12:00 to 14:00 Kyiv time (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CET). For safety reasons only registered participants will receive link to the meeting.

Link to registration: https://forms.office.com/r/i7iGb8GHzj

Simultaneous interpretation Ukrainian – English/ English – Ukrainian will be provided.

The event is supported by the International Visegrad Fund within the project „Forced Labor and Migration: V4 & EaP’s Effective Response”. We are sincerely grateful to the International Visegrad Fund for its support and willingness to change the focus of the Project to the current situation and urgent challenges. The discussion is organized by the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University together with the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business.


Національний юридичний університет імені Ярослава Мудрого та Польський інститут прав людини і бізнесу запрошують Вас взяти для участі у вебінарі:

ПОВЕДІНКА БІЗНЕСУ ПІД ЧАС ВІЙНИ

Дата й час: 10 березня 2022, 12.00-14.00 за Київським часом, 11.00-13.00 за центральноєвропейським часом, online (zoom)

Посилання для реєстрації: https://forms.office.com/r/i7iGb8GHzj

24 лютого 2022 року Росія почала велике військове вторгнення в Україну. Декілька офіційних осіб та аналітиків назвали вторгнення найбільшим військовим нападом у Європі з часів Другої світової війни. Російські війська розпочали бомбардування міст на сході та півдні України, у тому числі Харкова, другого міста країни, завдавши руйнівної шкоди. Київ зазнав спроб нападу також. За даними ООН, станом на 5 березня 2022 р., понад 1,2 мільйона людей були вимушені покинути Україну й поїхати в сусідні країни після того, як Росія розпочала своє повномасштабне вторгнення, зокрема близько півмільйона дітей.
У ці дні в центрі уваги роль компаній – на які відповідно до Керівних принципів ООН з бізнесу і прав людини покладено обов’язок поважати права людини, у тому числі під час військових конфліктів – у фокусі уваги.
Мета заходу – який об’єднає компанії, організації громадянського суспільства, органи державної влади, вчених, – обговорити поведінку бізнесу під час війни, поділитися досвідом допомоги біженцям та внутрішньо переміщеним особам, обговорити актуальні виклики та вказати можливі шляхи вирішення та об’єднати зусилля для посилення корпоративної спроможності поважати права людини під час війни.
Ми сподіваємося, що цей формат забезпечить достатній простір для компаній та організацій громадянського суспільства, щоб поділитися своїм досвідом та надихнути один одного, а передбачуваним результатом буде посилення корпоративної здатності поважати права людини під час війни.

Захід відбудеться на платформі zoom 10-го березня 2022 року з 12.00 до 14.00 за Київським часом (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CET).

Посилання для реєстрації: https://forms.office.com/r/i7iGb8GHzj

Посилання на зустріч отримають зареєстровані учасники й учасниці. У формі реєстрації просимо також повідомляти, чи бажаєте Ви взяти участь в обговоренні.
Захід проводиться за підтримки Міжнародного Вишеградського фонду у межах Проєкту „Forced Labour and Migration: V4&EaP’s Effective Response”. Ми щиро вдячні Міжнародному Вишеградському фонду за підтримку і готовність змінити фокус уваги Проєкту відповідно до поточної ситуації та нагальних викликів.
Обговорення організовано Національним юридичним університетом імені Ярослава Мудрого спільно із Польським інститутом прав людини і бізнесу.

10 grudnia – Międzynarodowy Dzień Praw Człowieka

10 grudnia, dzień w którym obchodzimy rocznicę przyjęcia Powszechnej Deklaracji Praw Człowieka na forum ONZ, co roku jest okazją by zwrócić uwagę szerszego społeczeństwa na… jego prawa.

W tym roku uczciliśmy ten dzień:

1. Rozpoczęliśmy kampanię wzywającą rząd do konstruktywnej postawy podczas prac nad projektem dyrektywy UE dot. należytej staranności w obszarze praw człowieka i biznesu. Petycję można podpisać TUTAJ:

 

2. Prezeska PIHRB, Beata Faracik, wzięła udział w debacie dotyczącej współczesnych wyzwań dla praw człowieka zorganizowanej podczas Dnia Praw Człowieka przez Stowarzyszenie Przyjaciół ONZ na Uczelni Wyższej Vistula, z udziałem także Gabrieli Morawskiej-Staneckiej, Wicemarszałek Senatu, Zuzanny Rudzińskiej-Bluszcz, Prezeski ClientEarth Poland i Mirosława Wróblewskiego, Dyrektora w Biurze Rzecznika Praw Obywatelskich.  Ogromne podziękowania należą się także Akademii Finansów i Biznesu Vistula, jej studentom oraz Bartlomiejowi E. Nowakowi i prof. Wawrzyniec Konarski za gościnność!  (fot. Kacper Kęska)

Premiera raportu UN Global Compact Network Poland "Biznes i prawa człowieka"

3. 10 grudnia miała też miejsce premiera raportu „Biznes i prawa człowieka – 10 lat wdrażania Wytycznych ONZ dotyczących biznesu i praw człowieka”, wydanego przez UN Global Compact Network Poland pod patronatem Rzecznika Praw Obywatelskich, i świetną redakcją prof. UMK, dr hab. Marcin Kilanowski, LL.M. (Harvard), zawiera wypowiedzi wybitnych autorytetów z dziedziny praw człowieka, ekspertów, przedstawicieli instytucji i biznesu. w którym znajdują się aż 2 artykuły autorstwa naszych ekspertów:

  • Beata Faracik, Małgorzata Szlendak, „Drugi Krajowy Plan Działań na rzecz wdrożenia Wytycznych ONZ dotyczących biznesu i praw człowieka”, str. 42-
  • Beata Faracik, Krok po kroku, str. 92

Publikację można pobrać ze strony UNGC Network Poland – https://ungc.org.pl/premiera-raportu-biznes-i-prawa-czlowieka/  

Dzielimy się refleksjami nt. „The Advocate Model” podczas OutSummit 2021

(8.12.2021)

PIHRB’s President of the Board, Beata Faracik, has contributed as a panelist to the OutSummit 2021 session on The Advocate Model: how the corporate sector can advance LGBTIQ inclusion when it conflicts with local law or culture. 

The “Advocate Model” should be viewed as a corporate duty, as part of the obligation to respect human rights wherever they do business. Around the world, companies – whether large or small – need to be a bulwark against regressive trends. Private sector obligations, as articulated by the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, should suffice as a reason for companies to engage in the Advocacy Model on behalf of LGBTIQ communities, including their employees. Through case examples, this session will uncover the opportunities and risks companies weigh when deciding to adopt the Advocate Model, and what LGBTIQ civil society movement leaders expect from companies.

The goal of the session was to introduce the Advocate Model to an audience that is likely unfamiliar with it as well as to present frameworks and tools that encourage collaboration between leading LGBTIQ movement civil society organizations and the private sector. The panellists had also identified steps each can take to frame issues and engage collectively 

 

Moderator

Beth A. Brooke (she/her/hers) (beth@bethabrooke.com). Director, The New York Times Company, eHealth, Beta Bionics, Tricolor Holdings, SHEEX, and The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC); Co-Chair, Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality (PGLE). Beth Brooke serves on the Board of The New York Times Company, (NYSE:NYT), eHealth (NASDAQ:EHTH), Beta Bionics, Tricolor Holdings, and SHEEX, as well as the USOPC, Aspen Institute, Conference Board, the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, APCO’s International Advisory Council, and the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Formerly, Brooke had a four-decade career at EY, was its Global Vice Chair-Public Policy, a member of EY’s Global Board, and global sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion. In the Clinton Administration, she played roles in the Healthcare and Superfund reform efforts and had tax policy responsibility for insurance and managed care. Brooke is a recognized global advocate of diversity and inclusion and has been named to Forbes “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list eleven times. She earned a B.S. degree in Industrial management and computer science from Purdue University where she played intercollegiate basketball and is in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. She founded the Women Athletes Business Network, which helps elite female athletes pivot from success in sport to success in business after their competitive sporting career ends.

Panelists

  • Beata Faracik (she/her/hers) (faracik@pihrb.org). Co-Founder & President of the Board, Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business (PIHRB). Beata Faracik is a co-founder and President of the board of PIHRB. A legal expert specialized in Human Rights & Business and RBC/CSR, she has approximately 20 years of professional experience the in public, private, and NGO sectors in various countries, including the Ministry of Justice (Poland), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Poland), Criminal Justice System (UK), University of Exeter (UK), and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Children (UK). Since 2018 Beata has volunteered as coordinator of the inter-ministerial and multi-stakeholder Working Group on Workers, an advisory body to the Minister of Finance, Funds and Regional Development, helping develop legislative recommendations and practical tools to prevent and persecute forced labour and human trafficking. Beata co-founded the CSR Watch Coalition Poland and Central and Eastern Europe Business and Human Rights Association and is also a member of the BHRight Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching on Business and Human Rights, the BHR Teaching Forum, and of the advisory board of Amnesty International Poland. She holds a Master’s degree in Law and an MA in International relations/European Affairs from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, and an LL.M. in Human Rights and Intellectual Property Law (WIPO WA Fellow) from Raoul Wallenberg Institute of the Lund University and WIPO Worldwide Academy. She has authored a number of papers and reports in Polish and English and contributed as an invited expert to discussions on BHR at the European level, including at European Parliament hearings on business and human rights.
  • Clare Iery (she/her/hers) (cm@pg.com). Associate General Counsel & Senior Director, Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). Clare Iery leads P&G’s Ethics & Corporate Responsibility foundation of Citizenship, which is responsible for ensuring strong governance and compliance practices and supporting P&G’s priority areas of Community Impact, Equality & Inclusion and Environmental Sustainability. Clare also serves as P&G’s human rights expert and developed its Respecting Human Rights program. In these roles, Clare has matched her personal passion of advocating for social justice with P&G’s dedication to being a force for good and a force for growth. Clare is a highly valued and effective leader who has strengthened P&G’s capabilities in doing the right thing across its end-to-end value chain.
  • Michael Karimian (he/him/his) (karimian@microsoft.com). Director, Digital Diplomacy, Asia, Microsoft Corporation. Michael has responsibility Microsoft’s work with governments, civil society, and the private sector to advocate for and implement policies aimed at achieving a more secure cyberspace in Asia and the Pacific. Michael is also a co-lead of the LGBTQI+ employee network in Microsoft’s legal and policy department and co-represents Microsoft in the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality (PGLE). Prior to joining Microsoft, Michael worked in trade finance at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London, and in business and human rights at the UN in Bangkok. Michael has a BA in Management from the University of Nottingham, a MA in International Relations from the University of Durham, and an MPA from Columbia University.
  • Mélisande Kingchatchaval Schifter (she/her/hers) (schifter@weforum.org). Project Lead, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, World Economic Forum. Mélisande is the Project Lead, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the World Economic Forum. Her portfolio work takes an integrated and holistic approach to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, and aims to tackle exclusion, bias and discrimination related to race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and all other forms of human diversity. She produces data, standards, and insights, such as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 4.0 Toolkit or the Global Gender Gap Report, and manages the Forum’s DE&I action initiatives, such as Partnering for Racial Justice in Business, Hardwiring Gender Parity in the Future of Work, the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, The Valuable 500 – Closing the Disability Inclusion Gap, the Community of Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officers and the Global Future Council on Equity and Social Justice. Prior to joining the Forum, Mélisande worked within the field of international affairs, social justice, and ethics. She holds a MTh in Theology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and is currently a PhD candidate in Ethics at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

In 2020, OutSummit welcomed more than 1,650 registrants from over 100 countries around the world. Thirty sessions were held over three days. Of the Summit’s participants, more than 70% were representatives of civil society, and 30% was comprised of representatives from multilateral institutions, the corporate and philanthropic sectors, and government; 115 were speakers. We welcomed 19 journalists. We reached over 300,000 on social media and captured over 4,000 chats on the platform during the event. On average, plenary sessions engaged 350 participants; workshop sessions averaged 200 participants. OutRight anticipants a similar breakdown for our 2021 event.

 

USEFUL MATERIALS: 

 

UN STANDARDS 

The OHCHR publication „Standards of Conduct for Tackling Discrimination against LGBTI people” launched in September 2017 and provides five concrete steps that companies can take to align their policies and practices with international standards on human rights of LGBTI people. The Standards build on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011. 

OPERATIONAL TOOL 

 

PGLE, UN OHCHR, The World Economic Forum, and the UN Global Compact have partnered to develop the “UN Standards of Conduct for Business on Tackling Discrimination Against LGBTI People” GAP ANALYSIS TOOL to help companies identify gaps and opportunities in their implementation of the UN Standards. The TOOL (https://www.globalcompactusa.org/news/introducing-the-un-lgbtiq-standards-gap-analysis-tool) also serves as a guide for companies as they develop strategies to advance LGBTI+ inclusion and equity.  

SHIFT Beyond Pride

 

Shift’s Beyond Pride is a practical resource to help companies go beyond their yearly pride campaigns and embed respect for LGBTI rights across their operations and value chains. The resource offers guidance on how to identify ways in which companies may exacerbate risks faced by LGBTI people; how global companies operating across a variety of social and cultural contexts can tailor their approaches to LGBTI rights; and meaningful ways to engage with affected stakeholders and use their leverage with peers, partners, suppliers, and governments to foster change. To learn more visit shiftproject.org/beyond-pride 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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