Where to from Here: A Canadian Strategy for the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights?
May 8, 2014 @ Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Location of Conference: Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas West, Toronto, Ontario, Room TRS 3-129 (ninth floor).
A summary of the conference is available here.
Conference webcast archive. The conference is now over, but many were able to watch it livestream. You can watch the archive footage here: Ryecast.
In addition to the full archive of the event, a 1.5 hour documentary of the Conference has been prepared by Ryerson University Journalism students. It is now accessible on YouTube.
The United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, developed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, is the essential elaboration of the relationship between human rights and business. The framework guides a multitude of actors, states and organizations including the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development in the development of initiatives in business and human rights. The impact of these Guiding Principles upon the Canadian context however, remains to be seen. How does or should the Framework influence the business sector, government, non-governmental organizations or academics in Canada?
In light of international developments, there will be a one-day conference at Ryerson University in Toronto involving multi-sectoral/-stakeholder participation to explore directions for the Canadian response to the UN Guiding Principles.
In order to support cross-sectoral dialogue, representation from various sectors including business, government, non-governmental organizations as well as multidisciplinary academics are invited to explore directions for the Canadian response to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Dialogue will be supported by several keynote speakers confirmed to participate including:
- Lene Wendland, Office of the UN Commissioner on Human Rights
- John F. Sherman, III, General Counsel and Senior Advisor, Shift
- Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International-Canada
- Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International
- Ben Chalmers,Vice President, Mining Association of Canada
- Duane McMullen, Chair, Government of Canada’s National Contact Point under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
- Wendy Brookes and Fayez Elayan, Brock University
- Stéphanie Gervais, Carleton University
- Nadine Grant, Plan International Canada
- Stephanie Meyer, Stratos Inc.: Strategies to Sustainability
- Louise Reilly, Stanford University
- Sara L. Seck, Western Law
- Kernaghan Webb, Ryerson University
This event has been sponsored by the following:
- Ted Rogers School of Management
- Ted Rogers School of Management Office of the Dean
- Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education & Research Program
- The Ryerson Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility
- Provost and Vice President Academic
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Community Services
We are also grateful to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development for their financial contribution in support for this Conference
Conference Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order):
Tara Collins, Assistant Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, Ryerson University,firstname.lastname@example.org
Graham Hudson, Associate Prof. Arts/Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ryerson University,email@example.com
Chris Macdonald, Associate Prof., Director, Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education, TRSM/Research Program, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitu Sengupta, Associate Prof. Arts/Department of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University,email@example.com
Kernaghan Webb, Associate Prof. and Founding Director, Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Respnsibility, TRSM/Department of Law and Business, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, firstname.lastname@example.org