Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights seminar on 16th May

KIOS Spring Seminar


Time: Tuesday, MAY 16 th 2017, at 8:15–15:45

Place: Kuntatalo, Toinen Linja 14, 00530 Helsinki

Registration open until Friday 5th of May.

Corporates have an essential role in making equality, human rights and sustainable development a reality. Corporate Responsibility is at the heart of Finland’s development policy and global sustainable development goals (SDGs). Furthermore, responsibility and sustainability are cornerstones of a successful business.

KIOS Spring seminar will bring together corporate responsibility and human rights experts from North and South to share their views and experiences on the topic. The seminar is held in English.

Seminar Program

Morning session, chair Eva-Marita Rinne-Koistinen, Finn Church Aid (FCA)

08:15  Breakfast and Registration

09:00  Welcoming Words

Ulla Anttila, ED of KIOS, Finland

09:10  Opening Speech

Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development

09:30  Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility in 2017—Guiding Principles

Phil Bloomer,  Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, UK

10:00  Panel East Africa —Corporate Responsibility, Local Communities and Environment

Phyllis Omido, Centre for Justice Governance and Environmental Action, Kenya

Salima Namusobya, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, Uganda

Gerald Kankya, Twerwaneho Listeners Club, Uganda

Riikka Thomson, Finnfund, Finland

Moderator: Lyydia Kilpi, Kepa, Finland

11:15   Q & A

11:30  Lunch

Afternoon session, chair Maria Väkiparta, the International Solidarity Foundation (ISF)

12:30  Panel South Asia — Corporate Responsibility and Workers’ Rights

Nimalka Fernando, The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism , Sri Lanka

Saira Rahman Khan, Odhikar, Bangladesh

Bijay Raj Gautam, INSEC, Nepal

Sonja Vartiala, Finnwatch, Finland

Taina Snellman, TIKAU

Johanna Stenbäck, Stockmann

Moderator: Jukka Pääkkönen

13:45  Q & A

14:00  Coffee

14:15  Workshops

1. Rights of Women Workers

Moderator Nimalka Fernando, IMADR, Sri Lanka

Short presentations by Saira Rahman Khan, Odhikar, Bangladesh and Bijay Raj Gautam, INSEC, Nepal

2. Access to Remedies

Moderator Salima Namusobya, ISER, Uganda

3. The Work of Environmental Human Rights Defenders and Corporate Responsibility

Moderator Phyllis Omido, CJGEA, Kenya

4. How to Build Strategic Partnerships between NGOs, Corporations and Team Finland

Moderators Riikka Leppänen & Ulla Roiha, FIBS, Finland

Short presentation by Anna Kosonen, Nordea

15:15  Workshop Conclusions and Closing Remarks

Workshop Conclusions by Workshop Moderators and Closing remarks by Ulla Anttila, KIOS

15:45  Seminar ends


The seminar is free of charge and open for all.

For more information contact: info@kios.fi

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