With the support of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Nova Centre on Business, Human Rights and the Environment (NOVA BHRE) is organizing, in partnership with the Portuguese Ombudsman (Provedor de Justiça), the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, and NOVA 4 The Globe, a webinar series gathering experts from different fields and representing various groups of stakeholders to discuss key issues pertaining to Business, Human Rights and the Environment.
The field of Business and Human Rights has attracted growing attention in recent years as many cases have sadly illustrated that companies can cause, contribute or be directly linked to human rights and environmental harms, both in their own operations and in their value chains worldwide. From issues of child labour, forced labour, poor and unsafe working conditions, to environmental damage and the climate-related impact of corporate activities, all sectors are concerned and all internationally recognised human rights can potentially be affected by corporate activities.
Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has shone light on the difficulties arising out of unregulated global supply chains and raised questions in terms of the human rights compatibility of business responses to the crisis.
Against this backdrop, important legislative developments are taking place at the domestic, European and international level seeking to mandate companies to take steps in order to ensure that human rights, decent work and environmental standards are upheld in their operations and in global value chains, thereby also advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The aim of this webinar series is to discuss and analyse the legislative developments relating to the introduction of a corporate due diligence duty at the European level.
The webinar series is composed of 6 episodes which aim to 'connect the dots' between corporate due diligence and issues such as civil liability, private international law, contract and company law, the green deal, sustainable finance, and gender equality, in light of the legislative developments at the European level.
1) Thursday 28th of January 2021: 14:00 - 16:00 (Lisbon/ UK time): Corporate Due Diligence and Civil Liability
2) Thursday 25th of February 2021: 14:00 - 16:00 (Lisbon/ UK time): Corporate Due Diligence and Private International Law
3) Thursday 25th of March 2021: 14:00 - 16:00 (Lisbon/ UK time): Corporate Due Diligence in Contract Law and Company Law
4) Thursday 22nd of April 2021: 14:00 - 16:00 (Lisbon/ UK time): Corporate Due Diligence and the Green Deal
5) Thursday 27th of May 2021: 14:00 - 16:00 (Lisbon/ UK time): Corporate Due Diligence and Sustainable Finance
6) Thursday 24th of June 2021: 14:00 - 16:00 (Lisbon/ UK time): Corporate Due Diligence and Gender Equality
Target audience: Portuguese and EU policy makers and officers, EU member states representatives, private sector, civil society, academics and legal practitioners.
The webinars will last two hours (between 14: 00 -16: 00 Lisbon Time).
Attendance is free but registration is required.