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Roundtable No. 134 - The U.S. Government’s Approach to Business & Human Rights through Transition

March 22, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

With the recent release of the National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct in December 2016, the U.S. Government mapped out its priorities and primary areas of focus to encourage high standards of conduct for American business. As the U.S. Government finds itself in a period of political transition, stakeholders in government, civil society, and the corporate sector are now seeking to understand what direction the incoming Administration may take on business and human rights going forward.

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Roundtable No. 133 - Client-Driven Demand for Standards in the Private Security Sector

December 8, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Human Rights & Business Roundtable meeting which will take place on Thursday, December 8. Commercial sites the world over rely on private security companies to protect their people, property, and production. However, when private security comes into contact with communities, there can be a real risk of tensions, conflict escalation, and at worse, human rights abuses. It is therefore imperative that clients ensure that their private security personnel are properly vetted, well-trained, supervised, and most importantly, operate to international standards.

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Roundtable No. 132 - Beyond CSR: Private Sector Led Development

September 27, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Human Rights & Business Roundtable meeting which will take place on Tuesday, September 27. The concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has evolved rapidly in recent years. In the past, CSR often centered on business supporting development goals through charitable giving such as building schools or medical clinics for local communities. However, in recent years the view of CSR has expanded to focus more on long-term, sustainable benefits that can be brought to communities, often through private-public partnerships. Indeed, some contemporary CSR efforts have begun to focus on the role of business in supporting supporting structural reform, such as peace building, the protection of human rights, and the inter-relationship with economic development.

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Roundtable No. 131 - Mandatory Versus Voluntary

June 15, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Human Rights & Business Roundtable meeting which will take place on Wednesday, June 15. The issue of conflict minerals in fragile and conflict-affected areas such as the Democratic Republic of Congo has long been a serious human rights concern, with linkages to armed groups and organized crime, and the widespread use of child labour. Though the problem was clear, finding a solution was not easy. Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act sought to address this issue legislatively, and five years on, opinions on its success are divided. This Roundtable will examine two distinct, but interrelated issues: how to effectively attempt to manage illegal and artisanal mining, and whether legislation is, or can be, a viable answer to complex political, social, and economic problems in countries a world away.

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Roundtable No. 130 - Public Health Emergencies: The Risk to Operations and Communities

March 17, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Human Rights & Business Roundtable meeting which will take place on Thursday, March 17. Pandemics such as Ebola can become serious public health crises, as was seen recently in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. But they can also become serious security issues as well, both in terms of the authorities’ ability to keep order, but also for business operations. This problem can become even more acute in remote locations, where a company site may have the only functioning health clinic for miles around, and companies that may be in a state of lock-down might be confronted by local communities desperate for help. This Roundtable will examine how public health crises can represent a serious security risk for companies and communities, with an emphasis on the need for robust emergency preparedness.

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Roundtable No. 129 - Human Rights in Certification Frameworks

October 29, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Security, Rights & Development Roundtable meeting which will take place on Thursday, October 29. As certification frameworks become more commonly accepted by industry in addressing various aspects of business operations, some issues present challenges in how to quantify, let alone certify. This Roundtable will address the issue of human rights in both certification systems and voluntary standards, and how such a broad and important topic can be quantified and assessed.

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Roundtable No. 128 - Managing the Relationship with Host Governments

September 24, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Security, Rights & Development Roundtable meeting which will take place on Thursday, September 24. When companies pursue new operations overseas, particularly within extractives industries, engagement with the host government can often be met with unforeseen challenges. Whether it is in the form of governance and transparency issues, legislative road blocks, revenue disputes, political instability or human rights and public security force complications; the long term success of a large scale development project can sometimes hinge on the relationship the company has with the host government.

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Roundtable No. 127 - Renewable Energy Sector: Lessons from the Extractive Industries

June 22, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Security, Rights & Development Roundtable meeting which will take place on Monday, June 22. The renewable energy sector faces many of the same operational challenges and complexities as large scale development projects in other sectors. These renewable projects can have effects on communities in many of the same ways as the oil, gas, and mining industries. This Roundtable will seek to understand those challenges and explore what lessons can be learned from the experiences of other industries operating in fragile environments.

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Roundtable No. 126 - Informed and Educated Communities and Other Stakeholders

May 7, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for our next Security, Rights & Development Roundtable meeting which will take place on Thursday, May 7. Information may be power, but it should also be seen as empowering. Many conflicts occur due to a lack of information and understanding. This Roundtable will examine how informing and educating communities, landowners, and other stakeholders can improve understanding. The panel will look at the importance of educating communities and landowners, as well as focusing on how information can even empower certain other stakeholders such as artisanal miners, not only reducing conflict but fostering economic development.

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Roundtable No. 124 - Managing First Contact

November 3, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

Please join us for our next Security, Rights & Development Roundtable (formerly the Human Rights and Business Roundtable) meeting on Tuesday, December 16, focusing on managing first contact and issues associated with Free Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC). The actions of a company in the very beginning of exploration can significantly shape community perceptions, attitudes, and expectations well into the future of a project. This Roundtable will focus on how to ensure that projects get off to a good start with all stakeholders, and how ensuring success at the beginning can help to achieve a stable operating environment in the future.

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