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Friday, May 18 • 16:00 - 17:00
Business case for corporate activism in a fractured world: can it help save civic freedoms?

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We live in an era of increasing threats to democracy, rule of law, civil society and civic freedoms. World Economic Forum in 2017 recognized declining civic freedoms and attacks on civil society as one of the foremost global challenges. Defenders and civil society are instrumental in uncovering the actual and potential negative impacts of companies on citizens. Defenders also provide access to information to companies, enabling better due diligence. Many of these defenders and organizations operate with the ongoing risk that they will be harassed, attacked or even killed for this work. We have tracked over 950 attacks on defenders working on business and human rights issues since 2015, including some raising concerns about the tech sector. In response to these troubling times, progressive business leaders are playing an increasing role in supporting global governance efforts when other major institutions are stalling.

At RightsCon 2018, we will highlight the role business leaders have to play in the protection of civic freedoms and defenders. This session will unpack corporate activism for civic freedoms as one potential solution to this concerning global trend. Participants will discuss how these efforts are crucial to creation of a healthy foundation for sustainable, inclusive economies and what kinds of partnerships are needed between business and civil society to respond to these challenges. The workshop will highlight innovative solutions that spur more inclusive, sustainable economies, underpinned by civic freedoms, explore the challenges and pathways to action on these issues, and get feedback by businesses and civil society to research findings, galvanize action of private sector in support for civic freedoms and defenders and start to shift the narrative by sharing key elements of the business case for civic freedoms.

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Annabel Lee Hogg

Cause Strategist, Governance and Human Rights, The B Team
Dibanhi Andrade tiene 21 años y es estudiante de la Licenciatura en Derecho y Función Pública. Actualmente es la Representante del Comisionado de Formación Integral en la FEUDEM. Durante su estancia en la UDEM ha formado parte de diversos grupos estudiantiles dentro del Centro... Read More →
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Nicolas Patrick

Partner, DLA Piper
Nicolas is a human rights lawyer at DLA Piper, a leading global law firm. Nicolas is head of Responsible Business and chairs the London Board Advisory Service. He advises business, government and NGOs.
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Ed Rekosh

Director, Human Rights Forward, Cardozo Law School
Since stepping down from his founding role at PILnet: The Global Public Interest Law Network, Ed has been primarily concerned with the phenomenon of shrinking civic space -- a growing threat to the protection of human rights worldwide. Currently a visiting professor at Cardozo Law... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 16:00 - 17:00 EDT