Shrinking civic space – a responsibility of business?

Huang Zhong

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Shrinking civic space – a responsibility of business?

10:00 AM 21 september, 2017

Civic freedoms continue to shrink in many countries around the world and attacks on human rights defenders are escalating. Businesses are contributing to this situation, either directly or indirectly in their value chains. The purpose with this session is to analyse the role and responsibility of business in relation to a shrinking civic space and discuss how businesses can play an active role in protecting human rights and natural resource defenders. The session will be carried out through different round tables with international guests from Colombia and China as well as representatives from Swedish civil society. The round tables will discuss issues such as what responsibility does a company have for its entire value chain and business relations, what actions can responsible companies take to protect civic freedoms, the responsibility of the state, is there a need for binding regulations on business and human rights, public private partnerships as well as the role and impact of Chinese outbound investments around the world.

Speakers:
Leonardo González Perafán, Lawyer & researcher, Project coordinator, Indepaz, Colombia
Huang Zhong, Researcher and Asia Fellow, PILnet and representative of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, China
Isabel Hilton, journalist and founder of chinadialogue.net
Kalle Bergbom, Head of research, Swedwatch
Åsa Beckius, Policy advisor private sector, Diakonia
Maja Magnusson, FIAN Sweden

Moderator:
Malin Oud, Head of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s Stockholm office and Team leader, Economic globalisation and human rights

Organizers:
Forum Syd, FIAN, Latinamerikagrupperna, Raoul Wallenberg institute of human rights and humanitarian law, Swedwatch, Diakonia, Amnesty International

Key/search words for this session:
Shrinking democratic space, human rights defenders, CSR, sustainable business, private sector, Latin America, Colombia, Asia, China