Webinar Series Co-organized by Global Compact Network Japan, Business and Human Rights Lawyer’s Network, Business and Human Rights Resource Center, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The Engagement and Remedy Forum for Responsible Business Conduct 2021

 In December 2019, the “Engagement & Remedy Guideline” was publicly announced by the Global Compact Network Japan and the Business and Human Rights Lawyer’s Network. The aim of this guideline is to promote constructive dialogue between business enterprises and society, to enhance grievance mechanisms, and to secure access to remedy. In commemoration of this development, a symposium entitled “Towards Promotion of Responsible Business Conduct and Supply Chains” was organized in February last year. The Sasakawa Peace Foundation joined this event as a co-organizer. In this symposium, the need to enhance grievance mechanisms in line with the Engagement & Remedy Guideline was reaffirmed based on the fact that the activities for the access to remedy is lagging behind, which is one of the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. 
 The purpose of this forum is to maintain and even enhance this momentum to fortify grievance mechanisms generated by the above symposium. After this symposium, there were two major developments. One is that the Japanese Government launched the “National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (2020-2025)” (NAP) in October 2020. The other development is that the “Engagement and Remedy Project” came into being which is to implement the Engagement & Remedy Guidelines, especially the Grievance Center Guideline. This forum provides not only the latest findings and good practices about grievance mechanisms in and outside of Japan, but also to indicate the roles that the NAP and Engagement & Remedy project will play in terms of promoting grievance mechanisms. 
 In this forum, we invite Professor John Ruggie, the former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises for the keynote address. We also invite Mr. Mikito Toyama, the director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We also invite distinguished panelists and commentators for this event. We look forward to your attendance. 
Speakers
 
The 1st Session
Moderator:
- Mr. Keiichi Ujiie (Global Compact Network Japan)
- Mr. Daisuke Takahashi (Business and Human Rights Lawyer's Network)
Keynote Lecture: Professor John Ruggie (Harvard University, Arabesque Group)
Special Report: Mr. Sakon Kuramoto (Business and Human Rights Lawyer's Network)
Guest Report: Mr. Mikito Toyama (Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Commentator:
- Mr. Nicolas Hachez, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct [Video Message]
- Mr. Ryosuke Tanaka, ILO Office for Japan
- Mr. Toshio Shikata, Fuji Oil Group (Business perspectives)
- Ms. Miyuki Zeniya, Dai-ichi Life Insurance (Investors perspectives)
- Mr. Shoichi Ibusuki, Lawyers Network for Foreign Workers (Civil society perspectives) 

The 2nd Session
Moderator: Dr. Akihiro Ueda (Sasakawa Peace Foundation)
Panelists:
- Ms. Akiko Sato (Business and Human Rights Resource Center)
- Dr. Patricia Waagstein (Indonesia University)
- Mr. Theo Jaekl (Ericcson Inc.)
- Mr. Yozo Nakao (Ajinomoto Inc.)
- Ms. Ka Ea Lim(Responsible Business Alliance)
 
Date & Time
Friday, February 26, 2021, 13:00-17:00 (JST)
Venue
Online
 
Organizer
Global Compact Network Japan, Business and Human Rights Lawyer’s Network, Business and Human Rights Resource Center, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Program

The Engagement and Remedy Forum for Responsible Business Conduct 2021
 
 
13:00 Opening Remarks 
Dr. Atsushi Sunami (President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation)
13:10-13:50 High-Level Session
"Role of Grievance Mechanisms -Towards the Implementation of Engagement and Remedy Guidelines"
Keynote Lecture: Professor John Ruggie (Harvard University, Arabesque Group) "Grievance Mechanisms in the UN Guiding Principles" *Video Message
13:50-14:10 Special Report
Mr. Sakon Kuramoto (Business and Human Rights Lawyer's Network) "Updates and Future Plans on Engagement and Remedy Guidelines"
14:10-14:25 Guest Report
Mr. Mikito Toyama (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) "Access to Remedy in the NAP and Expectations for Business"
14:25-15:00 Comments
"Expectations for Initiatives based on Engagement and Remedy Guidelines"
・ Mr. Nicolas Hachez (OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct *Video Message)
・ Mr. Ryosuke Tanaka, ILO Office for Japan
・ Mr. Toshio Shikata, Fuji Oil Group
・ Ms ,Miyuki Zeniya, Dai-ichi Life Insurance
・ Mr. Shoichi Ibusuki, Lawyers Network for Foreign Workers
 
15:10-16:25 Panel Discussion
"Towards Construction of the Platform for the Engagement & Remedy"
Panelists:
・ Ms. Akiko Sato, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
・ Dr. Patricia Waagstein, University of Indonesia
・ Mr. Theo Jaekl, Ericcson Inc.
・ Mr. Yozo Nakao, Ajinomoto Inc.
・ Ms. Ka Ea Lim, Responsible Business Alliance (tbc)
16:25-16:55 Q&A
16:55-17:00 Concluding Remarks
Mr. Makoto Saito (Executive Council Member, Business and Human Rights Lawyer's Network)
Language
Japanese (English/Japanese Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided)
Other
 
Free Registration, with Japanese/English simultaneous interpretation
Reservation
Registration is on a first come first served basis, with a limit of 500 participants. Please register from the registration button below. This is linked to the Zoom registration webpage offered by the Global Compact Network Japan.

*Please note that registration information will be shared by the co-organizers.
 
Contact
Asia Peace Initiative Department (Akihiro Ueda, Yuichi Yamashita)
E-mail: a-ueda@spf.or.jp / y-yamashita@spf.or.jp
Tel: 080-4147-3666 / 080-3524-4475
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