Seminars & Events
Business and Human Rights Symposium
How do businesses respect human rights in Japan and overseas? -Stockpiling ongoing efforts and remaining challenges
Since the adoption of UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights, the role of businesses in the realization of human rights has drawn increasing attention and corporate efforts in various business sectors have been progressing. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly. To honor this milestone, the international symposium will highlight the evolution of business and human rights, including the changing landscape of expectations for businesses. We will be joined by representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as the key note speaker, to provide insights into the role businesses should take to promote respect for human rights.
In particular, the symposium will focus on the role of the finance to drive respect for human rights, and discuss ongoing efforts undertaken by companies to address human rights risks in overseas supply chains as well as those in Japan related to foreign worker rights in the run up to 2020 Tokyo Olympics and beyond.
We look forward to your participation in the symposium.
June 7, 2018 (Thursday) 9:50-16:30 (Registration opens at 9:30)
International Conference Hall, 17th floor, No.2 building
Yoshiaki Terumichi (President, Sophia University)
Yoshiteru Uramoto (Professor, Center Global Education and Discovery, Sophia University)
Keynote speech : "The evolution of Business and Human Rights and challenges for Japanese business at home and abroad-marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
Lene Wendland (Chief of Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section, OHCHR)
Plenary session 1：The role of finance to promote respect for human rights
Masafumi Hikima (Trustee for Management Planning, Sophia School Corporation)
Keiichi Ushijima (Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Service Japan Leader, EY Japan)
Plenary Session 2 : Business & Human Rights Challenges abroad: Promoting respect for human rights in overseas supply chains
Miwa Yamada (Director, Law and Institutions Study Group, Institute of Developing Economies, IDE-JETRO)
Plenary session 3: Business & Human Rights Challenges at home in the context of Mega Sporting events, with particular focus on foreign workers in Japan
Masataka Nagoshi (Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Service, EY Japan)
Toshio Arima (Chairman of the Board, Global Compact Network Japan)
Simultaneous interpretation in Japanese and English will be available
Free. Registration required in advance through the link or QR code shown below
External Relations Division, Research Promotion Department, IDE-JETRO