Business and human rights: role and prospects for the EU

A panel discussion in the European Parliament will reflect on the role of the EU in the protection of human rights.

In June 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted to create an Intergovernmental Working Group with the mandate of developing an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights. Ahead of the start of the negotiations on a draft text at the UN in October 2017, MEP Claude Rolin and a coalition of Belgian and international NGOs are organizing a panel discussion to reflect on the role of the European Union in the protection of human rights. 

Four speakers, including ILO-Brussels Director Claire Courteille, will address the issue of respect for human rights by companies, and will consider the impact of investment projects on populations and their access to justice, labour conditions and employment. Participants will also look into the relation between trade and investment regimes and the UN binding treaty. 

To register, please send your name, date of birth, nationality, identity card number, organization and position to conference@entraide.be. Registration closes on 2 March.