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Thursday, May 17 • 12:00 - 13:15
Promoting LGBTI security and inclusion in the digital world: aligning policies and practices with the UN United Nations Human Rights​'s Global LGBTI Corporate Standards

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The UN Human Rights "Standards of Conduct for Tackling Discrimination against LGBTI people" launched in September 2017 provides five concrete steps that companies can take to align their policies and practices with international standards on human rights of LGBTI people. They reiterate that company should prevent human rights violations against LGBTI customers, suppliers and distributors.

During the last decades we have seen increased awareness and consequently, advancement in the field of corporate social responsibility on the Human Rights of LGBTI people particularly in the US, UK and part of Europe . Yet in "hostile environments", many tech companies are quick to distance themselves from #LGBTI people and at times be complicit in limiting their Human Rights including freedom of expression.

The session will discuss these challenges, safety and harm reduction and what the Standards mean by "acting in the public sphere" and define possible solutions so the industry aligns better its policies and practice with the Standards.

The session will also mark May 17th - the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia which is celebrated around the world.

Link to Standards: http://unfe.org/standards

#Biz4LGBTI #StandUp4HumanRights  #LGBTI #IDAHOTB #whoisrightscon

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Jim Halloran

Chief Digital Officer, GLAAD
Jim Halloran is the first-ever Chief Digital Officer for GLAAD, the world's leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization. In this role he oversees the organization's entire online footprint including digital advocacy, social media marketing, and technology.Prior to joining GLAAD, Jim... Read More →

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Afsaneh Rigot

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Fabrice Houdart

Human Rights Officer, UN
Fabrice works on the Free & Equal campaign, an unprecedented United Nations global public education campaign for LGBT equality. He also leads a project on global LGBTI standards of conduct for Business on tackling LGBTI discrimination with the support of more than 100 of the largest... Read More →
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Stephen Macias

Senior Vice President, D &I Lead, MWWPR
Multi Cultural and D & I Lead for nationally awarded diversity and inclusion division. Practice divided into 4 core areas- Consumer Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Travel and Tourism and Non-Profit and Advocacy.Mr. Macias is nationally recognized as a subject matter expert in... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00 - 13:15 EDT