2018 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
The central theme of the 2018 Forum is “Business respect for human rights – building on what works”.
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
The Forum was established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011 “to discuss trends and challengesin the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights, including challenges faced in particular sectors, operational environments or in relation to specific rights or groups, as well asidentifying good practices” (resolution 17/4, paragraph 12).
The Forum is guided and chaired by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (Human Rights Council resolution 35/7) and organized by its Secretariat at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The Forum may cover issues such as:
Emerging practice and challenges in relation to key components of human rights due diligence (assessing risks and impacts, integration, tracking, and communication).
Sector-focused challenges and practice (including sectors that have received less attention in business and human rights debates to date).
Human rights due diligence in conflict and post-conflict contexts.
Approaches for meaningful engagement with affected stakeholders, including groups at
particular risk (e.g. women, children, human rights defenders, worker representatives,
persons with disability, indigenous peoples, minorities, migrants, refugees, LGBTI etc.)
Experiences in addressing human rights abuses prevalent across different sectors (e.g. modern slavery, child labour, sexual harassment, discrimination, and freedom of association).
Government practice of incentivizing and enabling corporate human rights due diligence
(what good practice should be incentivized and how).
• prepare an “accreditation request” letter (letter on official letterhead of the organization, signed by a senior manager, requesting participation for the registrant(s) to the Forum). Badges are issued on the basis of a letter of nomination/confirmation from your organization/company.
• upload a photo (standard passport format ONLY, otherwise badge cannot be issued).