Business and Human Rights Forum looks at Top 10 Issues for 2021
Members of the Northern Ireland Business and Human Rights Forum recently looked at the Top 10 Business & Human Rights Issues for 2021, alongside the Institute for Human Rights and Business.
The Forum held its first meeting of 2021 earlier in January, and welcomed Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor at the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), as a keynote speaker. Salil, who joined the virtual meeting from New York, talked through what IHRB has predicted will be the top human rights issues for businesses in the coming year. The Top 10 list reflects the implications of Covid-19, and includes the following:
Resilience for all: Redesigning supply chains for a pandemic-altered world
Tracking & tracing: Preventing misuse of Covid-related tech
Stranded at sea: Resolving a humanitarian crisis
Wage theft: Standing up for migrant workers in the Covid crisis
The office: Making the new workplace work for people
Forced labour: Leveraging against state-imposed human rights abuse
Climate migration: Responding to the reality of displaced communities
Race matters: Addressing discrimination at all levels
Standards fragmentation: Fighting against the divide
Transition finance: Maximising the social benefits of net-zero
Members also welcomed Harry J. Van Buren III, Ph.D. - the Barbara and David A. Koch endowed Chair in Business Ethics - who is currently a visiting academic at Queen’s University Belfast. Harry addressed the topic of ‘Human rights due diligence and the business importance of ethical commitment’.
You can find out more about the work of IHRB on their website here.
26 Jan 2021