Tuesday, November 28 • 13:20 - 14:40
Stakeholder Perspectives on Implementing the UNGPs across the Global South

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Session co-organized by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights and Wallbrook

Brief description of the session:
Ensuring corporative respect for human rights and the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) requires active participation and collaboration between businesses, civil society, academia, grassroots activists, human rights lawyers, and impacted rightsholders. By putting these perspectives in dialogue with each other, this session aims to identify what actions by businesses, States, human rights defenders, and other key stakeholders are driving real change across the Global South.

This session will consider how each stakeholder plays a crucial role in ensuring the effective implementation of the UNGPs and promoting respect for human rights in business operations. It will explore challenges and solutions on key topics, including community resettlements, remediation processes, human rights due diligence, measurement, and reporting. This session will also be an opportunity to share practical examples from the Global South on how the UNGPs have been implemented to leave a positive and measurable impact on rightsholders.

Key objectives of the session:
  • Discuss how businesses can measure and report on change through international reporting frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), sustainability reports, and regular human rights impact assessments;
  • Analyse how businesses can balance and integrate their management of human rights risks, in line with the UNGPs, with other corporate priorities to drive the human rights agenda forward and reduce their adverse impact on rightsholders;
  • Discuss how judicial and non-judicial grievance mechanisms, State-based and non-state-based, can ensure access to effective remedy.
  • Identify what avenues for remediation bring meaningful, inclusive, and long-lasting change for impacted rightsholders and what makes them different;
  • Share positive practical examples.

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Mariana Abreu

Head of Human Rights, Wallbrook, part of Anthesis
I am a human rights lawyer and the head of Wallbrook’s ESG & Human Rights practice. Originally from Brazil, I have over 10 years of experience working on human rights.Prior to Wallbrook, I led field and desk-based investigations into human rights in Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa... Read More →

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Dorothee Baumann Pauly

Director, University of Geneva
DOROTHÉE BAUMANN-PAULYDorothée Baumann-Pauly is a Professor at Geneva University’s School of Economics and Management and directs the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights. Since 2013, she has also served as the Research Director at the NYU Stern Center for Business and... Read More →
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Victoria de Mello

Business and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP
Victoria, based at the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa in Addis Ababa, holds the role of Business and Human Rights Specialist. In her current capacity, she extends advisory support to Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Aditi Wanchoo

Senior Manager of Human Rights, Novartis
As Senior Manager of Human Rights at Novartis, Aditi is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of Novartis human rights program; with a focus on advancing labor rights in the company’s global supply chain. Previously, Aditi was the global lead for adidas... Read More →
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Dhahana Putra

Director General of Human Rights, Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights
I graduated from the Academy of Correctional Sciences and completed his undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Southeast Sulawesi, my postgraduate degree in National Resilience Studies at the University of Indonesia, and earned my Doctoral degree from the National University... Read More →
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Elaine Santana

Human Rights and Social Responsibility Manager, Braskem
Elaine Santana has a degree in Chemical Engineering, with 24 years of experience in the chemical/petrochemical industry. She worked in several areas such as Production, HR, Facilities and Community Relations in the Maceió Case. Since June 2020, she has been responsible for the Social... Read More →
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Brigadier Siachitema

Consultant Lawyer, Southern Africa Litigation Centre
Mr Brigadier Siachitema is a lawyer and human rights advocate with 15 years of experience litigating land rights disputes, property grabbing and gender-based violence. He is a consultant for the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), where he leads the Social-Economic Rights Cluster. From 2015 to February 2020, he headed SALC’s Women’s Land and Property Rights and SALC’s Business and Human Rights Programme.Before joining SALC, he spent six years as an advocate at the International Justice Mission... Read More →

Tuesday November 28, 2023 13:20 - 14:40 CET
Room XIX