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Conference set to explore human rights and businesses



A conference that will look at the practical implications and challenges of implementing the human rights guiding principles across business is set to take place in London on 10 November.

The conference, which is organised by the Innovation Forum, aims to bring together key players to look at the issues around human rights, raise the debate on business and human rights in the UK and around the world and showcase current best practices. The event is designed to help delegates learn more about putting principles into action.

Included in the day’s agenda will be a look at how financial institutions view the business and human rights agenda, and how this is quantified, and how businesses can engage and support suppliers as they progress towards ethical practices.

Innovation Forum argues that human rights can impact on business performance and that the conference will give attendees to get an insight into best practice and aid in integrating human rights practices into their business’ sustainability framework.

The event will play host to a range of speakers from a variety of different organisations. Confirmed speakers includes Benet Northcote, head of CSR at the John Lewis Partnership, John Morrison, executive director of the Institute for Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility, and Will Oulton, global head of responsible investment at First State Investments.

Human rights regularly tops the list of concerns for responsible investors. As well as the moral implication, lax human rights can lead to poor business performance and in some cases fines and penalites.

For more information on the event readers can visit the Innovation Forum website.

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