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Responsible Business, Responsible Supply Chain “How should Japan implement UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in its policy and practice?”

In 2011, states in the United Nations Human Rights Council, including Japan, unanimously endorsed a set of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. They reiterate states’ existing international law obligations to protect human rights and at the same time, the Guiding Principles make clear that businesses of every size, sector and country of operation have their own responsibility to respect human rights. In 2015 Elmau G7 Summit Declaration referred to the Guiding Principles and ‘Responsible Supply Chain’ was identified as one of the salient policy issues. In April 2016, the first Asia Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights was held in Doha, Qatar, where FIFA’s commitment to integrating the Guiding Principles in its global operations was firmly expressed.

Effective management of human rights risks is now part of responsible business, both at home and abroad, especially in emerging markets and developing countries. Not only business cooperation, but also government, government related agency, and other entities are business conductors through variety of forms such as public procurement, export credit, official development assistance and public private partnership.

How should Japan implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in its policy and practice? How can Japan meet global expectation? In this symposium, we invite experts to share recent trend and development of National Action Plans and global efforts on implementation of the Guiding Principles, and discuss to identify areas and challenges where accelerated action is needed by Japan as a whole.

We look forward to your participation in the symposium.


June 29, 2016 (Wednesday) 13:30-17:30 (Registration opens at 13:00)



Opening Remarks
TBD (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
Concept Introduction
Miwa Yamada (Director, Law and Institution Studies Group, IDE-JETRO)
Keynote Speech
“Responsible business and human rights risk in emerging markets”
Vicky Bowman (Director, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business)
Lecture 1
“Present and future of implementation of UN Guiding Principles - global development of human rights due diligence”
Allan Lerberg Jørgensen (Department Director, Human Rights and Development Department, Danish Institute for Human Rights)
15:25 Coffee Break
Lecture 2
“Implementation of UN Guiding Principles in the United States – Government, Company and CSO”
Sara Blackwell (Legal and Policy Coordinator, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable)
16:20 Panel Discussion
Hiroshi Sato (Chief Senior Researcher, IDE-JETRO)
Vicky Bowman, Allan Lerberg Jorgensen, Sara Blackwell,
Noriko Kimura (Manager, AEON Supplier CoC Secretariat, Quality Management Dep. AEON Co., Ltd.)
Sogo Fujisaki (General Manager, CSR Division, Fujitsu Limited)
Closing Remarks
Yuri Sato (Executive Vice President, IDE-JETRO)
17:30 Closing

Simultaneous interpretation in Japanese and English will be available


Supported by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Participation fee:


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