Zürich - Understanding human rights due diligence requirements for the financial sector

25 September 2018

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Workshop Leader:  Sarah Dekkiche, twentyfifty GmbH Switzerland

Date:  Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 09:30-12:00 (followed by networking lunch)

Location:  UBS, Grünenhof, Nüschelerstr. 9, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Do you know the human rights risks associated with your business operations? Are you aware of the
increasing expectations on businesses to understand and address their human rights risks?

Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) and twentyfifty ltd. are delighted to announce this workshop on how
you can identify and manage the human rights risks of your portfolios and transactions. This
workshop is commissioned by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal
Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) as part of the Swiss strategy for
implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Companies increasingly face requests from clients, investors, governments and civil society to show that
they respect human rights in their own operations, and global supply chains. Integrating human rights
due diligence into daily business practices is therefore vital for remaining competitive in a global market
and meeting these ever-increasing requirements.
The workshop will focus on how Swiss businesses from the financial sector can apply the UN Guiding
Principles on Human Rights and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business
Conduct effectively in their own organisations. Interactive exercises, will make the topic of human
rights accessible to companies of different sizes and enable them to discuss the topic in a safe space.
Questions that will be covered are:

  • What are the human rights due diligence requirements and how do they apply to my business?
  • How can I identify the human rights risks of my portfolios and transactions?
  • How can I prioritise business action on identified risks and process gaps?
    Target group: This workshop is for financial service providers of all sizes interested in identifying and
    managing their human rights risks more effectively