On 22 October 2004, more than 80 experts from business, civil society,
labour, academia and international organizations gathered at the United Nations
in Geneva to discuss the topic of business and human rights.
The meeting was organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in cooperation with the Global Compact Office. It formed part of consultations requested by the Human Rights Commission in connection with the task of preparing a report on “The responsibilities of transnational corporations and related business enterprises with regard to human rights." The High Commissioner will submit this report to the next session of the Commission on Human Rights in March/April 2005.
Among other issues, participants discussed the scope and status of existing initiatives and standards relating to business and human rights. The meeting further sought to identify knowledge gaps and to clarify what business needs to improve performance in this area.
Please click here for a summary report of the meeting.