Towards Promotion of Responsible Business Conduct and Supply Chains: Roles of National Action Plans on Business & Human Rights and “Engagement” & “Remedy” Guidelines (Monday, February 3, 2020)

Towards Responsible Business Conduct and Supply Chain

The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights adopted by the UN in June 2011 have changed business environments from home and abroad. This symposium, co-organized by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Global Compact Network Japan, and the Business and Human Rights Lawyers Network Japan, invites experts on two noteworthy developments in this field.

The first development is the "Engagement" and "Remedy" Guidelines for Promotion of Responsible Business Conduct and Supply Chains which aims to promote dialogue between business enterprises and stakeholders, and to secure access to remedy for the victims. This guideline was developed by the cooperative efforts among different stakeholders, and published in December 2019. This guideline also intends to advance the legacy of the Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics, amplify the contents of National Action Plans for Business and Human Rights, and dispatch ESG activities by Japanese business enterprises. In this session, lawyers, business persons and investors as well as international officials who have been deeply involved in the development of the guideline will explain its purpose, and how to use it.

The other development is that Thailand published the first National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights in Asia. Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries are also developing their own Action Plans. Japan aims to publish it sometime in the middle of this year. These Action Plans will make a huge impact on business conduct by Japanese business enterprises in this region. In this session, we will invite Mr. Shinji Minami, the director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is in charge of the development of the Action Plan in Japan. We will also invite Ms. Nareeluc Pairchaiyapoom, Director-General of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, Thai Ministry of Justice, who was in charge of developing the Action Plan in Thailand, and Prof. Dato’ Dr. Aishah Bidin, who is deeply involved in drafting the Action Plan in Malaysia.

This symposium will be a good opportunity not only for business persons but also government officials, experts and members of civil society who are interested in the development of business and human rights in Japan and Southeast Asia. We look forward to your participation.

Towards Responsible Business Conduct and Supply Chain
Date & Time
Monday, February 3, 2020
15:00 - 18:00 (Floor to open at 14:30)
Venue
11th Floor, International Conference Hall
Sasakawa Peace Foundation Bldg.
1-15-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo(Map
Organizer
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ), BHR Lawyers Network Japan (BHR Lawyers)
Program

Towards Promotion of Responsible Business Conduct and Supply Chains: Roles of National Action Plans on Business & Human Rights and “Engagement” & “Remedy” Guidelines

15:00-15:10

Opening Remarks
*Shuichi Ohno (President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation)
*Toshio Arima (Chairman of the Board, Global Compact Network Japan)

15:10-16:20

Part I: How to Promote Dialogues between Companies and Stakeholders - Launch of “Engagement” and “Remedy” Guidelines and Its Impact
<Keynote speech>
*Sakon Kuramoto (Orrick Tokyo Law Office, BHR Laywers)
<Panelists>
*Emi Omura (Kamiyacho International Law Office, BHR Lawyers)
*Toshio Shiho (Fuji Oil Holdings Inc.)
*Shigeru Sugimoto (ANA Holdings Inc.)
*Ryusuke Tanaka (ILO Japan Office)
*Yozo Nakao (Ajinomoto Co., Inc.)
*Minoru Matsuzawa (Resona Asset Management Co., Ltd.)
<Moderator>
*Daisuke Takahashi (Shinwa Sohgoh Law Office, BHR Lawyers)

16:20-16:25

Break

16:25-16:45

Special Report by Mr. Shinji Minami (Director, Human Rights and Humanitarian Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

16:45-17:55

Part II: What Will National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights Change? - Examples from Thailand and Malaysia
<Panelists>
*Nareeluc Pairchaiyapoom (Ministry of Justice of Thailand)
*Aishah Bidin (Former member of SUHAKAM, National University of Malaysia)
<Commentator>
*Miwa Yamada (Institute of Developing Economies – JETRO)
*Akiko Sato (Kotonoha Law Office, BHR Lawyers)
<Moderator>
*Akihiro Ueda (Sasakawa Peace Foundation)

17:55-18:00

Closing
*Akira Kawamura (Advisor, Business and Human Rights Lawyers Network Japan)
Language
English/Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Other
Registration free (Max. 200 seats)
Reservation
Admission is free. Registration is required.
Should you wish to participate, please fill out the application form from this web page. If you have any inquiries, please contact Ueda or Yamashita at (03-5157-5136), or send an email to asiapeace@spf.or.jp by 17:00 on January 30.

* Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
* Please kindly note that we do not offer parking.
Contact
Dr. Ueda, Mr. Yamashita
Asia Peace Initiatives Department, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Tel: 03-5157-5136 / Email: asiapeace@spf.or.jp
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