Japanese Business and Human Rights Risks in Southeast Asia – Reports from Thailand and Indonesia
(July 19, 2021)

Recently, cases such as the Uyghur forced labor in China and the coup d'état in Myanmar have brought attention to Japanese business enterprises regarding their business and human rights response to such issues. Similar cases are believed to increase as ESG investment and Biden’s human rights diplomacy comes to the forefront. Japanese companies should be sufficiently prepared for such events in the future.

These cases have not suddenly emerged, having been reported from long before. They became visible recently, but it is too late to respond after it happens. Companies should take actions such as human rights due diligence and remedy through grievance mechanisms in the peacetime. To do so, they should grasp the human rights situation abroad and how they impact the company and the sector as a whole well in advance. 

SPF launched a new project entitled “Promoting Responsible Business Conduct” in October 2020, and began activities such as sharing relevant articles and supporting the establishment of grievance mechanisms in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders. As one of these activities, we commissioned research on human rights risks for Japanese business enterprises in Southeast Asia to experts and professional organizations on-site. In this panel conference, we will invite those experts and professional organizations, and share the results of the research. We hope that they will be useful for future measures.
Date & Time
Monday, July 19, 2021, 16:00-18:00 JST
Speakers
・Dr. Pochoy LABOG, Southeast Asia Researcher & Representative, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
・Dr. Sriprapha PETCHARAMESREE, Senior Lecturer, Mahido University
・Dr. Michelle Staggs KELSALL, Senior Research Fellow, Human Rights Resource Centre
・Mr. Hiroshi SATO, Research Operations Department Chief Senior Researcher, IDE-JETRO *Commentator
・Dr. Akihiro UEDA, Program Officer, Sasakawa Peace Foundation *Moderator
Venue
Zoom (Online)
 
Organizers
Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Program

Japanese Business and Human Rights Risks in Southeast Asia
– Reports from Thailand and Indonesia

 
16:00 Opening Remarks
Mr. Itsu ADACHI, Executive Director, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
16:05-16:10 Introduction/Moderator 
Dr. Akihiro Ueda
16:10-17:30 Panel Discussion
[Presentation 1] Human Rights Impacts of Japanese Investments in Southeast Asia by Dr. Pochoy LABOG
[Presentation 2] Responsible Business in SEA- Japanese Business and Human Rights in Thailand by Dr. Sriprapha PETCHARAMESREE
[Presentation 3] Beyond Commodification, Toward Job Creation: Indonesia at a Crossroads by Dr. Michelle Staggs KELSALL
Comment by Mr. Hiroshi SATO
17:30-18:00  Q&A
18:00 Closing
Others
Admission is free. Registration is required.
Language
Japanese/English simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
Reservation
If you wish to participate, please fill out the form from this page by 12:00 (JST) on Friday, July 16, 2021.

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Contact
Asia Peace Initiatives Department
E-mail: asiapeace@spf.or.jp
Tel: 03-5157-5160

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