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Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights

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The Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights (GCBHR) is the first Human Rights Center at a business school in Europe.

The Center works with companies to identify business models that enable profits and principles to co-exist. We offer companies a safe space to discuss pressing human rights challenges and train future leaders to develop and integrate human rights standards in their respective industry contexts.

The GCBHR collaborates with the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights to promote human rights in business education through the Global Network of Business Schools for Human Rights.

 

UPCOMING events

Wednesday 28 october

Sustainable Finance Forum 2020

On 28 October 2020, the third edition of the Sustainable Finance Forum will be held in presence of HE Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance, at Cercle Cité, Luxembourg. 

On that occasion, Dorothée Baumann-Pauly will present some research findings in the field of business and human rights.  

 

29-31 octobER

TransAtlantic Business Ethics Conference

The 11th TransAtlantic Business Ethics Conference (TABEC) is hosted by the Center for Corporate Governance & Business Ethics of the University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication, on the theme of "The Political Responsibility of Business". 

TABEC brings together some of the finest business ethics scholars from North America and Europe to share their ideas on some of the pressing issues in business ethics of our times. The goal of the conference is to encourage dialogue between North American and European scholars in business ethics on topics of current interest and debate in a small, informal but highly efficient setting.

Dorothée Baumann-Pauly will speak at this edition which will be held in Vienna.

Invite-only.

 

DATE TO BE DEFINED - 2021

Philanthropy Lunch: How can philanthropy support companies to advance human rights?

What is the role of philanthropy for advancing human rights in business? Prof. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, François Zimeray (Lawyer) and Dr. Giulia Neri-Castracane (Lecturer and Academic fellow of the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy) debate this issue at the University of Geneva's philanthropy lunch. This panel discussion is moderated by Prof. Henry Peter, Head of the GCP.

  • Time: 12 am - 2 pm
  • Location: Uni Dufour, Rue Général-Dufour 24, Geneva

Invite-only 

 

PAST events

Friday 19 June

Oxford University - R:ETRO Seminar Series 

Dorothée Baumann-Pauly is the guest speaker for a seminar being hosted by Alan Morrison, Professor of Law and Finance, and Rita Mota, Intesa Sanpaolo Research Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, as part of the R:ETRO seminar series - Reputation: Ethics, Trust, and Relationships. The title of her presentation is "Beyond Covid-19: The case for human rights in business": 

The Covid-19 crisis illustrates that no actor alone can effectively address global challenges. Corporations play a profound role to support governments and a recent update of the Edelman Trust Barometer even showed that employers are trusted more than governments. This puts a particular responsibility on the private sector. How companies deal with the crisis will determine their business sustainability. In this talk I will make the case that companies with a business model that integrates respect for human rights are more robustly prepared to respond and manage the crisis.

  • Time: 5 pm (4 pm BST)
  • Online seminar

To register to this session, please follow this link

 

WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE

Right On - Online events series

"Right On" is a new digital initiative that keep the human rights dialogue going during these COVID-19 times. 

This web chat titled "Business, the economy, and livelihoods in a COVID-19 world" discusses the human rights responsibilities of businesses and governments during global health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the responsibilities of governments and businesses to provide a safe working environment before employees return? Have some businesses been taking advantage of furlough schemes to cut costs? Are governments doing enough to ensure that economic recovery strategies are ‘rights-based’ and will allow states to ‘build back better’ and construct better and more socially-just societies? Here are some of the questions that are raised during this discussion moderated by Marc Limon (Universal Rights Group), which includes Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Michael K. Addo (London Global Gateway), Jean-Yves Art (Microsoft) and Elin Wrzoncki (Danish Institute for Human Rights). 

  • Time: 3 pm
  • Online seminar

To register, please follow this link

 

Tuesday 5 MAY

John D. Gerhart Center Webinar on Business and Human Rights 

Session #4 for GC webinar Series features Prof. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly. The title of this session is "Post-COVID-19: Managing business sustainability with human rights": 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) departments are suffering. In many companies, CSR departments lack funding and top-level support. During Covid-19, some CSR departments have been drastically reduced or shut down altogether. This shows that CSR has remained an organizational appendix that can be cut off easily in times of crisis. At the same time, companies increasingly realize that they are expected to step up to support governments to effectively address global challenges. Yet, company responses to Covid-19 vary greatly, from well-intentioned charity to strategic 'coronawashing'.

Post-pandemic, these company responses will come under scrutiny. Companies that had already aligned their business model to integrate respect for human rights into core business operations will be better positioned to retain the trust of consumers, business partners, and suppliers in their supply chains. Companies with embedded Business and Human Rights (BHR) are not engaging in human rights only because they consider respect  for human rights as a moral imperative but because they present a compelling long-term business rationale, particularly in a post Covid-19 world that asks for more than a modification of business as usual.

  • Time: 2 pm - 3 pm
  • Online

The video of this webinar is available here

The powerpoint presentation is available here

 

2-3 Avril

Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit

Le Young Researchers Summit provides an international platform for young scholars in the field of business and human rights.

The summit is hosted by the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights, the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St.Gallen, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, and the Business and Human Rights Journal (BHRJ).

The inaugural Young Researchers Summit took place in 2016 in St.Gallen. This 5th edition will take place from 2-3 April 2020 in Geneva.

The welcome package is accessible here

 

26-27 March

Online Technologies and Respect for Human Rights in Conflict and High-Risk Areas

The Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania hosts a workshop on the responsibilities of   companies in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector to respect human rights and prevent ICT being used in connection with the most serious human rights violations or atrocity crimes; genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. This event brings together an exclusive group of leading internet companies, academics, civil society groups, humanitarian personnel, and international criminal justice practitioners. 
 
This workshop is co-organized by Dorothée Baumann-Pauly.
  • Time: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Online workshop

 

Saturday 14 March

FIFDH 2.0 Panel Discussion - Economy and Climate: Two Irreconcilable Realities?  

As part of the 18th International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), Prof. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly participates in a panel discussion on the theme of climate emergency and the economy, with Fabio Sofia (SFG) and Thomas Vellacott (WWF).
The question of how the economic development can be made compatible with respect for the environment is addressed. 
This discussion is followed by the screening of the documentary Capital in the 21st Century by Justin Pemberton.
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Location: Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre (Rue de Carouge 52, Geneva) 

Sold out

Video accessible here

 

10-11 March

FIFDH Hackathon - CANCELLED

"Can blockchain technology help track and mitigate social and environmental impacts in global supply chains?"
 
This is the challenge proposed by the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights for the FIFDH Hackathon! For more information, please click here
 
Location: Espace Pitoëff, Rue de Carouge 52, Geneva 

 

Tuesday 3 March

Afterwork in Geneva - CANCELLED

Do you work in the field of human rights and/or are you interested in an exchange over addressing corporate human rights challenges?
The team of the new Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights is keen to get to know its allies in the Geneva region! 
Please come and join us for fun and informal after-work drinks. 
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: Le Scandale, Rue de Lausanne 24, 1201 Geneva
RSVP to gsem-gcbhr(at)unige.ch.
 

Tuesday 10 december

Human Rights in the Finance Industry

What is the human rights component of sustainable finance? We would like to invite you on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10th, 2019, to discuss the role of human rights for the finance industry. The event is organized by the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights at the Geneva School of Economics and Management (UNIGE) in collaboration with the University of Sydney and Sustainable Finance Geneva.

We will introduce our research project on the development of human rights benchmarks for the finance industry, and look forward to a conversation with you about human rights practices and challenges in this industry in Switzerland. A cocktail reception will follow.

Please find the invitation here.

For more information about the event, the research project, and the research team please click here.

  • Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Location: Jura Room, Warwick Hotel, Rue de Lausanne 14, 1201 Genève

 

Monday 25 November

Global Business School Network for Human Rights

The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, The Business & Human Rights Catalyst at Alliance Manchester Business School and the Geneva School of Economics and Management co-host a meeting that brings together business school scholars interested in expanding human rights teaching and research in business schools. This Third Annual Meeting of the Global Network of Business Schools for Human Rights will take place on November 25th 2019.

  • Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Location: World Meteorology Organization (WMO), 7bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva

 

Monday 25 November

Launch of the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights

The Geneva School of Economics and Management organizes a Cocktail Reception to launch the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights.

  • Time: 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Location: Uni Dufour (Ground floor), Rue Général-Dufour 24, Geneva

 

THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER

Book Launch and Expert Panel on Modern Slavery

Justine Nolan, co-author of the book Addressing Modern Slavery (2019) discusses business strategies to identify, analyze and resolve risks for modern slavery in global supply chains.

The expert panel is moderated by Professor Dorothée Baumann-Pauly and it will include Professor Justine Nolan (UNSW), Cindy Berman (ETI), Auret van Heerden (NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights) and Luiz Antonio Machado (ILO).

This event is organized in collaboration with the Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Geneva Academy).

  • Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Location: Uni Mail, Third Floor, Room 3250

The full video of this event is available here.

 

Wednesday 13 November

Speed-Debating: Human Rights in everyday life

As part of the Human Rights Week organized by the University of Geneva, Dorothée Baumann-Pauly is one of the speakers at a speed-debating on the theme of human rights in everyday life, with the cartoonist Barrigue, Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed and Yusra Suedi.

  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Uni Mail, Room MS 180

 

Monday 11 November

Opening Panel of the Human Rights Week

Dorothée Baumann-Pauly participates in the opening panel of the Human Rights Week on the theme of the tension between duty and morality, alongside Jean Ziegler, Carola Rackete and Darius Rochebin.

  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Uni Dufour, Room U 600

The full video of this event is accessible here

 

 

 More information about all events available from Pascale Chavaz (Pascale.Chavaz(at)unige.ch)

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE

Right On - Online events series

"Right On" is a new digital initiative that keep the human rights dialogue going during these COVID_19 times. 

This web chat titled "Business, the economy, and livelihoods in a COVID-19 world" discusses the human rights responsibilities of businesses and governments during global health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the responsibilities of governments and businesses to provide a safe working environment before employees return? Have some businesses been taking advantage of furlough schemes to cut costs? Are governments doing enough to ensure that economic recovery strategies are ‘rights-based’ and will allow states to ‘build back better’ and construct better and more socially-just societies? Here are some of the questions that are raised during this discussion moderated by Marc Limon (Universal Rights Group), which includes Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Michael K. Addo (London Global Gateway), Jean-Yves Art (Microsoft) and Elin Wrzoncki (Danish Institute for Human Rights). 

  • Time: 3 pm
  • Online seminar

To register, please follow this link

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