What Irish businesses need to know about human rights Part II: Real-world business experiences

Business & Human Rights - Apr 29, 2021

 Hear from business leaders and expert advisers

  27 May 2021 | 11.00 – 12.00 GMT+1

The Trinity Centre for Social Innovation of Trinity Business School in collaboration with Business in the Community Ireland and the Human Rights Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs are delighted to invite you to this practical business webinar about real-world business experiences with implementing human rights. This event is targeted at business practitioners from Irish companies from diverse functions – including legal and compliance, sustainability, procurement, human resources and external affairs.

Following the launch of new guidance on business and human rights for business enterprises by the Human Rights Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs, this webinar aims to support business practitioners to position their companies to meet their human rights responsibilities and comply with emerging regulatory requirements. The event will be chaired and moderated by Maximilian Schormair, Assistant Professor in Business Ethics at Trinity Business School. Business leader, Breege O’Donoghue, will speak about new guidance developed under Ireland’s National Plan.

Darina Eades, Senior Corporate Sustainability Adviser at Business in the Community Ireland, and Mairead Keigher, Advisor for Business and Human Rights at Shift, will share their expertise and practical insights on business and human rights implementation.  Leading businesses in Ireland will share their experiences, providing a valuable peer learning opportunity.

Register here for this practical business webinar on 27 May 2021 | 11.00 – 12.00 GMT+1:


About the organisers

Trinity Centre for Social Innovation, Trinity Business School

The Trinity Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) of Trinity Business School aims to make a positive impact on society and the environment through engagement, research, innovation and teaching. CSI researchers work on important topics, such as sustainability, business ethics and CSR, corporate governance as well as business and human rights. CSI has recently published the 2020 Benchmarking Report on Business and Human Rights in Ireland with the aim to start a constructive conversation with business practitioners about the way forward on this crucial issue.

Business in the Community Ireland

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) is a movement for sustainable change in business. BITCI’s purpose is to inspire and enable businesses to bring about a sustainable, low carbon economy and a more inclusive society where everyone thrives. BITCI acts as trusted advisers in sustainability and corporate social responsibility and provides access to best practice and support businesses with practical management and monitoring systems. By facilitating forums for reflection and action, BITCI ensures that businesses anticipate and are ready to meet the current, pressing challenges of climate change, the pipeline of talent as well as the issues of social inclusion, diversity, human rights and accountability.

The National Plan on Business and Human Rights 2017-2020

The first National Plan on Business and Human Rights was launched by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2017 to give effect to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It aims to promote responsible business practices at home and overseas. Ireland is only one of 21 countries to have published such a National Action Plan. An independently-chaired multi-stakeholder implementation group oversees the implementation of the commitments contained within the National Plan.



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