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The ICC-CCIG Series : Business and Human Rights

  • Thursday 01 July 2021 17:00-18:30
  • Online
  • Organisation : CCIG and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in partnership with ICC Switzerland

The “ICC-CCIG Series” address major themes related to international trade with a dual purpose: updating Members on issues that are currently being discussed at the United Nations, World Trade Organization and other international organizations in Geneva; and illustrate the way businesses, actors of world governance, civil society and researchers can successfully cooperate towards common global goals.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) represents 45 million companies in over 100 countries and is the only business organization to have an Observer Status at the UN General Assembly.


The second event of the series is dedicated to business and human rights. It is held in connection with the 10th anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), which is celebrated in June 2021.



Welcome and introduction
Vincent Subilia, Director General, CCIG
Thomas Pletscher, Secretary-General, ICC Switzerland 


UN Guiding Principles and The Road Ahead
Dante Pesce, Chair of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: ICC’s renewed commitment for the next decade of implementation
Crispin Conroy, ICC Representative Director, Geneva, and ICC Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva

A Shared Space and Common Threads: Business, activism and human rights advocacy
Isabelle Gattiker, Co-Founder, General and Programme Director of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

Implementing Human Rights in Corporate Practice - Why and How
Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Director of the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights, Geneva University's School of Economics and Management

Designing a Workable Human Rights Due Diligence Program for Business
Peter Nestor, Head of Human Rights, Novartis




End of the event

Speakers' biographies

The event is free but the registration is mandatory. The event will be via Zoom and the link will be sent to participants few hours before the conference.

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