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January

Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Human Trafficking and Forced Labour

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  • January 2013
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  • Co-hosted by the Global Compact and Maplecroft, with the support of the GE Foundation, this webinar will address how responsible businesses can mitigate the risk of association with human trafficking and forced labour in their operations or supply chains. The dilemma for business is how to detect, prevent and take corrective measures against these hidden and insidious forms of exploitation. The webinar will also explore suggested best practices to help companies mitigate related risks, and will provide participants with an opportunity to share their views on how other companies have addressed this challenging issue.  Please email Aygun Kazimova (aygun.kazimova@maplecroft.com) to register, or visit the Maplecroft website for more information.

 

February

Business and Women's Health.

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  • Business and Women's Health  Business and Women's Health
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  • February 2013
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  • This webinar will introduce examples of innovative approaches to empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community, focusing on women’s health initiatives in the private sector. These inspirational examples illustrate some of the concrete ways in which companies can and are taking action to implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). The WEPs are a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, with around 500 CEO signatories from all industry sectors and regions of the world.

 

Web Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: The Benefits for Business

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  • February 2013
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  • Issues covered will include: expanding customer base; improving usage for all; search engine optimization; leveraging web developments required for mobile use and compliance. Additionally how web accessibility is linked to the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be reviewed. This webinar is organized in partnership by the UN Global Compact, ILO Global Business and Disability Network and G3ICT.

 

Consultation on Business Reference Guide on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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  • February 2013
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March

Migrant Workers and Business - Challenges and Opportunities

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  • March 2013
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  • Facilitated by experts of the ILO's Labour Migration Programme, this webinar will provide practical guidance on how businesses and employers can address the many challenges related to international labour migration and provide meaningful support to migrant workers in line with the Global Compact Labour Principles and the relevant international standards of the ILO. Participants will be presented the “business case” for promoting migrants’ rights as well as examples of good practices and initiatives undertaken by members of the business community to inspire them to similar action and engagement on the issue. More information.

 

Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Living Wage / Working Hours

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  • March 2013
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  • Co-hosted by the Global Compact and Maplecroft, with the support of the GE Foundation, this webinar examines how responsible businesses can ensure that they and their partners and suppliers pay a living wage to employees when the host country does not have a statutory minimum wage or when the minimum wage fails to provide an adequate standard of living. The webinar will also explore the issue of working hours in the context of international standards, overtime and the pressure on some labourers to work excessive hours. Participants will examine how companies have addressed these challenging issues.

 

April

Grievance Mechanisms For Business and Human Rights

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  • April 2013
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  • This webinar will explore the role of company-level grievance mechanisms, their benefits and limitations, their relationship to other means of addressing stakeholder concerns, and some key considerations when designing a mechanism to be effective in practice. The discussion will also include examples and perspective from business representatives.

 

Good Business Practices to Address Human Trafficking

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  • April 2013
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  • Co-organized with End Human Trafficking Now, this webinar is the first in a series that will showcase business initiatives that were nominated for the Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking in its first two cycles. The award aims to identify and reward good business practices preventing and tackling human trafficking - an issue that is increasingly recognized as a concern and risk for the corporate world. The webinar will explore innovative business approaches, with nominees sharing their good practices, challenges and lessons learnt in preventing and mitigating risks of human trafficking within their company’s operation and supply chains.

 

Investing the Rights Way: A Guide for Investors on Business and Human Rights

 

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  • April 2013
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  • Internationally-accepted frameworks now exist that define the responsibility of all companies with respect to human rights. This also extends to investors, who are looking to integrate human rights effectively and consistently into investment decision–making and corporate engagement. The webinar will focus on a new report, Investing the Rights Way: A Guide for Investors on Business and Human Rights, which aims to assist investors in evaluating human rights–related issues across their portfolios. Panelists will include representatives from the organizations behind the new Guide: the Institute for Human Rights and Business, Calvert Investments and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.

 

Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Doing Business in Conflict-Affected Countries

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  • April 2013
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  • Co-hosted by the Global Compact and Maplecroft, with the support of the GE Foundation, this webinar will address how  businesses can operate responsibly in conflict-affected or fragile countries and weak governance zones to ensure that operations contribute to peace-building rather than aggravate tensions and instigate conflicts. The webinar will also explore suggested best practices to help companies mitigate the risks of operating in conflict-affected environments, and will provide participants with an opportunity to share their views on how other companies have addressed this challenging issue. Please email Aygun Kazimova (aygun.kazimova@maplecroft.com) to register, or visit the Maplecroft website for more information.

 

Consultation on Business Reference Guide on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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  • April 2013
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May

Local Populations and the Social License to Operate

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  •  May 2013
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  • This webinar will address relationships between businesses and the communities in which they operate, focusing specifically on the extractive industry. Compelling business arguments for proactive and robust human rights due diligence will be presented, and participants will explore how even unanticipated and unintentional impacts on the rights of local people can pose risks to a company’s social license to operate in a region, its productivity and its reputation. Panelists will share examples of best practices to avoid negatively impacting the human rights of local populations and lessons learned from previous impacts that apply across sectors.

 

How Global Enterprises are Responding to the Global Call for the Extension of Social Protection

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  •  May 2013
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  • Social protection, and more specifically its global extension through national social protection floors, is on the agenda of major international summits, such as the G20, the International Labour Conference 2012, Rio+20 and post-MDGs discussions, among others. This one hour webinar will shed light on how multinational enterprises (MNEs) can contribute to this global challenge as part of their commitment to socio economic development, addressing social challenges, and the potential benefits for employers, workers and society. Drawing on concrete examples from corporate policies and practices, the webinar - conducted by experts of the ILO Social Protection Department, with the participation of a Danone representative - will explore the drivers, corporate strategies and concrete results of MNEs providing a minimum level of social protection for all their employees worldwide.

 

Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Security Forces

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  •  May 2013
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  • Co-hosted by the Global Compact and Maplecroft, with the support of the GE Foundation, this webinar will address how responsible businesses can ensure respect for human rights when working with public security forces. In particular, the webinar will examine the reputational and legal risks posed by public security providers over which companies have limited control. The webinar will also explore suggested best practices to help companies mitigate risks as they seek to protect their personnel and assets, and will provide participants with an opportunity to share their views on how other companies have addressed this challenging issue. Please email Aygun Kazimova (aygun.kazimova@maplecroft.com) to register, or visit the Maplecroft website for more information.

 

Traceability in Global Supply Chains: Initial Findings from the Traceability Task Force and Plans for the Future

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  •  May 2013
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  • In 2012, the Global Compact's Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability established a task force to identify common challenges of and solutions to tracing product and raw materials through complex global supply chains. Co-hosted with Traceability Task Force member BSR, this webinar will explore preliminary findings from Phase One of the project and plans for the development of a Guide on Traceability in Phase Two. There will be presentations from companies and industry-specific traceability systems that contributed to the first phase of the project who will share traceability examples from their sectors. The end of the webinar will be reserved for audience members to ask questions or share their own insights on the topic.

 

 

Inclusive Sourcing: A Key Pillar of Sustainable Procurement

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  •  May 2013
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  • Co-convened by the Global Compact, the International Trade Centre, WEConnect International and BPW International, this webinar will explore the "why" and "how" of sourcing from women-owned businesses. Principle 5 of the Women's Empowerment Principles, which encourages companies to expand their business relationships with women-owned businesses, will provide a starting point for discussion. The conversation will go on to explore how supply chains offer a unique opportunity and means for companies to promote human rights and have a positive impact on economic development by offering economically disadvantaged groups, including women, an equal opportunity to compete for business.

 

June

PRME Webinar on Supply Chain Sustainability

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  • June 2013
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  • This webinar will offer an overview of the Global Compact's Supply Chain Sustainability workstream, resources and projects related to topics, such as traceability and anti-corruption. Two business representatives from the Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability will share their experiences. Participants will also explore ideas for collaboration between business and academia on supply chain sustainability.

 

Managing Human Rights Risks in the Supply Chain: Keeping your Social License to Operate

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  • June 2013
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  • Considered through the lens of social license methodology, panelists will explore how participants can analyze their operations and the practices of businesses in their supply chain to avoid contributing to negative impacts on human rights, such as child labour. Participants will discuss the importance of meeting the minimum requirements to respect human rights as outlined by the Global Compact principles and the Guiding Principles and how doing so can help mitigate potential risks to a company’s reputation and bottom line. Business panelists will share best practices and lessons learned about assessing human rights risks in their operations, and strategies they have used to prevent or respond to them.

 

Call to Action: Anti-Corruption and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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  • June 2013
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  • The Call to Action is a year-long campaign to mobilize business to fight corruption and ensure that the future global development framework is grounded in ethical business practices and good governance. The campaign asks Global Compact business participants to join forces with Governments and encourage them to create enabling environments for more robust disclosure, transparency and enforcement mechanisms that contribute to sustainable development. This webinar will offer Global Compact participants and other interested stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the importance of anti-corruption in the post-2015 development agenda as well as ways in which they can support this campaign.

 

Diversity & Gender Equity as an Investment Opportunity: Progress and Impact of the Women's Empowerment Principles

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  • June 2013
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  • This webinar will highlight cutting-edge research that supports the business case for women's empowerment. There will be an opportunity for Global Compact participants and signatories of Principles for Responsible Investment to take stock of the growth and impact of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) initiative to date and discuss how the investor community can help advance gender equality and women's empowerment by encouraging companies to embrace the WEPs.

 

Occupational Health and Safety – Lessons from the Bangladesh Factory Collapse

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  • June 2013
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  • The recent factory-building collapse in Bangladesh, claiming the lives of over 1,100 workers, provided a stark reminder that there is more to be done to ensure better and safer working conditions for workers in Bangladesh, as well as across other regions. This webinar will discuss how companies can help prevent similar tragedies in the future. Panelists will include representatives of Better Work (ILO/IFC), who will share global experiences and solutions, and leading companies in the garment and mobile telecommunications sectors, who will discuss some of the practical steps they have taken to improve worker standards in their supply chains.

 

Good Business Practices to Address Human Trafficking - Travel & Tourism

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  • June 2013
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  • This webinar is the second in a series that will showcase business initiatives that were nominated for the Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking, which aims to identify and recognize good business practices for preventing and tackling human trafficking. This webinar will explore innovative business approaches in the travel and tourism sector, with nominees sharing their good practices, challenges and lessons learned in preventing and mitigating the risks of human trafficking.

 

July

Business and the Realization of Indigenous Peoples' Rights

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  • July 2013
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  • In many countries, businesses come across human rights challenges that affect indigenous peoples, including discrimination, child labour and forced labour, lack of voice and/or effective participation in decision making processes, lack of decent work opportunities, and recognition of their land rights. This webinar will be conducted by ILO experts on indigenous peoples who will discuss contributions by government, enterprises, employers’ and workers’ organizations to the realization of indigenous peoples’ rights.

 

Growing into Your Sustainability Commitments: A Roadmap for Impact and Value Creation

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  • July 2013
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  • Co-hosted by the UN Global Compact and AccountAbility, this one hour webinar will profile how companies integrate voluntary sustainability commitments into their strategies and operations. The webinar will draw upon findings from the recent report by Global Compact and AccountAbility: Growing into Your Sustainability Commitments: A Roadmap for Impact and Value Creation. The webinar will look at how companies move along the Sustainability Commitment Growth Curve (SCGC), which provides a framework to help companies navigate their engagement with, and derive value from voluntary sustainability commitments.

 

Equality and Human Rights for the LGBT Community: the Role of Business

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  • July 2013
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  • The private sector has frequently taken the lead in protecting the human rights of the LGBT community, for example by implementing non-discrimination policies that respect these rights to a greater degree than legally required or channeling resources to support LGBT rights outside the office. Businesses action to respect and support LGBT rights is an example of both the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Global Compact Principle 1 in practice. This webinar will explore LGBT human rights from the UN perspective, including increased attention to the issue since the Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 17/19 – the first UN resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. The webinar will also present examples of businesses working to respect and support LGBT human rights in line with UN goals and the tangible benefits they realize as a result.

 

Business and the Realization of Indigenous Peoples' Rights

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  • July 2013
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  • In many countries, businesses come across human rights challenges that affect indigenous peoples, including discrimination, child labour and forced labour, lack of voice and/or effective participation in decision making processes, lack of decent work opportunities, and recognition of their land rights. This webinar will be conducted by ILO experts on indigenous peoples who will discuss contributions by government, enterprises, employers’ and workers’ organizations to the realization of indigenous peoples’ rights.

 

Introduction to the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Spanish / Introducción a los Principios Rectores sobre las empresas y los derechos humanos en español

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  • July 2013
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  • The Global Compact and the Office of the High Comissioner for Human Rights will host this webinar in Spanish to introduce the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The Guiding Principles provide an authoritative global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity and help clarify the meaning of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. This webinar will also feature National Human Rights Institutions from Spanish-speaking regions as possible partners for advancing Human Rights at the local level.

 

Growing into Your Sustainability Commitments: A Roadmap for Impact and Value Creation

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  • July 2013
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  • Co-hosted by the UN Global Compact and AccountAbility, this one hour webinar will profile how companies integrate voluntary sustainability commitments into their strategies and operations. The webinar will draw upon findings from the recent report by Global Compact and AccountAbility: Growing into Your Sustainability Commitments: A Roadmap for Impact and Value Creation. The webinar will look at how companies move along the Sustainability Commitment Growth Curve (SCGC), which provides a framework to help companies navigate their engagement with, and derive value from voluntary sustainability commitments.

 

Supply Chain Sustainability - Practices and Resources by Global Compact Local Networks

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  • July 2013
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  • This webinar will showcase how Global Compact Local Networks work closely with companies to develop more sustainable and responsible supply chain practices. Through capacity building, providing materials and tools, building partnerships and sharing experiences, Local Networks have helped guide and support companies as they engage with their suppliers and embed supply chain sustainability into their existing programmes and operations. The webinar will include presentations from the Global Compact Local Networks from Turkey and the UK.

 

Responsible Engagement on Climate Change Policy

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  • July 2013
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  • This webinar is the second in a series for a study Caring for Climate is conducting on Corporate Engagement on Climate Change Policy, together with the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Ceres and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The study seeks to help companies evaluate, improve and demonstrate responsible influence on climate change policy, as well as to develop guidance material and recommendations for companies to become responsible corporate climate stewards. This webinar will present draft conclusions from the research for stakeholder input.

 

October

Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Child Labour

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  • October 2013
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  • Co-hosted by the Global Compact and Maplecroft, with the support of the GE Foundation, this webinar will outline the dilemma responsible businesses face in addressing the presence of child labour in its supply chain, particularly in locations where child labour is relatively common and where there is evidence that removing income-generating opportunities will push children into deeper poverty or other forms of exploitation. Participants will explore suggested best practices to help multinational companies engage in human rights due diligence in their supply chains, including to positively impact child labour.

 

Introduction to the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in French/ Webinaire en Français sur Les principes directeurs relatifs aux entreprises et aux droits de l’homme

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  • October 2013
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  • The Global Compact and the Office of the High Comissioner for Human Rights will host this webinar in French to introduce the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The Guiding Principles provide an authoritative global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity and help clarify the meaning of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. This webinar will also feature a human rights institution which will provide insight into advancing human rights at the local level.

 

November

Women Workers: Health, Wealth and the Future of Corporate Wellbeing

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  • November 2013
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  • Co-hosted by the Global Compact, UN Women, GBCHealth and the RAISE Health Initiative, this webinar will explore leading practices in meeting the health needs of women workers in supplier factories and corporate subsidiaries. It will feature a panel discussion describing activities that can enable companies to achieve gender-specific development goals and to respect and support human rights. Participants will discuss how others can apply the models presented to improve women’s health within their own companies. The webinar will also highlight how companies that address women’s health in their supply chains create shared value including – healthier workers, empowered women, greater social well-being, and improved absenteeism, compliance, and productivity.

 

Empowering Children and Youth Through Financial Literary and Inclusion

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  • November 2013
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  • Co-hosted by the Global Compact and Child and Youth Finance International, this webinar will explore how companies are finding ways to empower children and youth through financial literacy and inclusion. It will focus in particular on how financial institutions are designing innovative programs and technologies to raise awareness and skills among children and youth – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds – on how to achieve financial security. The webinar will feature a discussion with companies who will share their experiences of the challenges and opportunities in implementing such initiatives. These insights are intended to inspire others to consider how to empower children and youth through their own core business strategies and operations.

 

Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Human Trafficking and Migrant Workers

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  • November 2013
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  • Co-hosted by the Global Compact and Maplecroft, with the support of the GE Foundation, this webinar will discuss how responsible businesses can mitigate the risk of association with human trafficking and exploitation of migrant workers in their operations or supply chains. Participants will examine situations where migrant workers form a significant part of the workforce and do not have adqueate protection from the government. Issues include violation of international standards, lack of monitoring mechanisms or human rights trainings for relevant state authorities. The webinar will also explore best practices to help multinational companies detect, prevent and take corrective measures against such hidden and insidious forms of exploitation.

 

Live Webchat: How can business create an enabling environment for women to “lean-in”?

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  • November 2013
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  • This live chat, co-hosted by the United Nations Global Compact and the Guardian, will focus on the role of the workplace and what businesses and other organizations can do to create an enabling environment for women to "lean in" and reach for their ambitions -- regardless of the path chosen. The "Lean In" movement, initiated by Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer ofFacebook, has drawn attention to a new perspective or approach to increasing gender equality in the workplace. To participate in the webchat, visit The Guardian's Women in Leadership page.

 

Stand Together Against Corruption - How to Prevent Corruption in the Supply Chain

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  • Business and the Realization of Indigenous Peoples' Rights
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  • November 2013
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  • In today's world, where global business is accomplished through elaborate networks, companies need to address the risk of corruption throughout their supply chain, including direct and sub-tiers suppliers. This webinar will explore how companies manage anti-corruption in their supply chain and the ways customers and suppliers can engage collectively to fight corruption and level the playing field for all. The webinar will be focused on the new Global Compact resource developed by the Anti-Corruption Task Force of the Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability, Stand Together Against Corruption – A Practical Guide to Help Prevent Corruption in the Supply Chain, which provides practical measures that companies can integrate in their supply chain.

 

December

Business Action in Support of the Rule of Law – An Example in Myanmar

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  • Stand Together Against Corruption - How to Prevent Corruption in the Supply Chain  Stand Together Against Corruption - How to Prevent Corruption in the Supply Chain
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  • December 2013
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  • This webinar will explore what the rule of law means for business as well as the rationale for private sector engagement in these issues. Having the rule of law means that all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the state are accountable to just, fair and equitable laws and are entitled, without discrimination, to equal protection of the law. During the webinar the range of actions that business can and do take in this regard will be reviewed, specifically, in regards to Myanmar.