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In this ongoing series, activists, business executives, government officials, lawyers, academics, and other experts from around the world share topical and current stories of businesses impacting people in their everyday lives. Developed by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), this series elevates the range of voices – governments, businesses, and civil society – in the discussion on how to make human rights part of everyday business.
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Join Rachelle for a weekly news podcast with occasional deep dives and guest conversations covering global issues related to human rights, corporate responsibility, social and community impact, and due diligence. Rachelle has worked at the intersection of human rights and business for nearly three decades and brings her experience and insight to you in this podcast.
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David Schilling from the Interfaith Centre on Corporate Responsibility discusses the history and evolution of ESG with author and ESG expert Vasuki Shastry and IHRB’s Salil Tripathi. They discuss the role of ethical investors; the current backlash to ESG and the importance of regulatory frameworks in promoting responsible business practices.…
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In this episode, IHRB’s Francesca Fairbairn talks to John Attenborough from Mission to Seafarers and Ian Ralby, an expert in maritime law, about the safety and security of seafarers during times of conflict. Listen for accounts from seafarers caught in attacks on commercial shipping vessels in the Red Sea; insights into the complexities of maritime…
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When a state announces snap military conscription, how might companies respond to protect its employees? In this episode, IHRB’s Salil Tripathi and Vicky Bowman, explore the delicate balance companies must strike between compliance and resistance, and the creative strategies employed to protect their workforce. Salil is also joined by Nabi Abdullae…
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In the rush for renewable energy, what are the impacts on Indigenous peoples? In this episode, IHRB’s Frances House sits down with two human rights defenders, Robie ​Halip from ​the ​Philippines and Prabindra Shakya ​from Nepal. Robie is ​the ​coordinator of The ​Indigenous ​Peoples ​Major ​Group ​for ​Sustainable ​Development. Prabin is convenor o…
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IHRB’s Salil Tripathi sits down with renowned human rights scholar Usha Ramanathan to explore the balance of rights and responsibilities for both states and business. They discuss everything from data, surveillance and privacy, to climate change, agriculture - and even space. Usha offers a profound analysis of how businesses and states shape the li…
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‘Measuring the environmental effects of war breaks new ground’ Is it possible to rebuild Ukraine in a greener, fairer way and can this be done while the country is still immersed in war? Two years have now passed since Russia invaded Ukraine. Tens of thousands have been killed and the fighting has caused immense damage to the environment. A groundb…
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2024 is a record year for elections. Across the globe nearly four billion people will be heading to the polls - half the world’s population. In the digital age, misinformation and disinformation can spread easily, with big implications for human rights. How can social media companies protect truth and mitigate these risks? To answer this question, …
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”The UDHR is the heart and soul of the United Nations” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is clear that "all organs of society" need to respect human rights, and Eleanor Roosevelt spoke about making these rights a reality "on the farm, in the factory and in the office". As we mark 75 years of the UDHR, how has this foundation of human…
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What is the phenomenon of ‘decoupling’ and how is it affecting human rights and business?IHRB’s Salil Tripathi, along with guests Vasuki Shastry and Isabel Hilton, unpack what ‘decoupling’ is, whether it’s just hot air, how it’s more than an economic phenomenon, and why human rights practitioners should pay close attention.…
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How do you transform GCC economies to a new system that’s both sustainable and takes into account the welfare of workers? IHRB’s Tamara Juburi discusses this question with Tariq Al Olaimy, as well as the challenges and opportunities in this process, and how the role of finance can incentivise this change.…
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The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the countries where these materials are mined. Often the mining of these commodities isn’t regulated, or regulation around this mining isn’t enforced. IHRB's Deborah Sagoe speaks to Francesca Fairbairn about her conversation with Dr Isokelo Munyuku Fama, a Doctor and human rights defender in the area of So…
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Hear from Ian Urbina, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who has been reporting on environmental and human rights crimes on the high seas for many years. In this episode of Voices he talks to IHRB's Francesca Fairbairn about maritime human rights violations and what governments and companies can do to improve respect for human rights on the ocea…
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An overview of recent news related to business and human rights is followed by an interview with Kim Almeida, Program Manager at the Levi Strauss Foundation. Join us as we discuss the LSF Worker Well-Being initiative, with its focus on worker health, satisfaction, and engagement. We also discuss the power of corporate ethos to leverage good citizen…
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‘We could build a future with shared prosperity’ Migration has become a highly politicised issue. Yet labour mobility is hugely important to the future health of the global economy. OECD countries are rapidly ageing and unfilled jobs cost the global economy 3 - 7 billion dollars every day. At the same time, migration is one of the most powerful ant…
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In this episode of Voices, you will learn about one of the world’s first corporate just transition strategies from Rachel McEwan, Chief Sustainability Officer at energy company SSE, who talks with IHRB’s Haley St. Dennis about how SSE had to learn by doing.Oleh Rachel McEwan, Haley St. Dennis, Deborah Sagoe
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In this episode of Voices, you’ll meet Mark Taylor, an expert in human rights and business, and senior program manager with the Clooney Foundation of Justice’s Docket Initiative. Mark talks with IHRB’s Salil Tripathi about the risk of corporate complicity when operating in zones of conflict, as well as the need for greater company transparency, and…
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In this episode of Voices you will hear from Kenny Aderogba from Spaces for Change - a non profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria. Kenny talks with IHRB’s Annabel Short about how her organisation is improving the city’s built environment. Lagos is a megacity, with a population of 24 million. Two thirds of its inhabitants live in informal housi…
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An overview of recent news related to business and human rights is followed by an interview with Avedis Seferian, CEO of WRAP and Chair of APSCA. Join us as we discuss the 10-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, business responses to that historic tragedy, what the industry learned from the tragedy in terms of preventi…
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April 24 marks the ten-years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh. What did we learn from this disaster about how businesses and governments can better protect the rights of workers? Salil and Sanchita examine the impacts of the disaster and consider the renewed action needed to stop a similar tragedy from happening again. Yo…
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In this episode you’ll meet Peter Frankental, an expert in human rights and business, and the Economic Affairs Programme Director at Amnesty International UK. Having marked 25 years at Amnesty, Peter shares his reflections and lessons about attitudes of business towards human rights since the 90s.Oleh Frances House, Peter Frankental, Salil Tripathi
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An overview of recent news related to business and human rights is followed by an interview with Leslie Esparza, Senior Director Responsible Sourcing at Microsoft. Join me as Leslie discusses her 25 years in the sector, how recent legislation has changed the stakes for companies, what challenges she thinks have been overlooked by companies, and wha…
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An overview of recent news related to business and human rights is followed by a deep dive into gender equality in the supply chain, in honor of International Women's Day. Join Rachelle to discuss why gender equality matters for business and how companies can use gender-disaggregated data to improve outcomes for female workers, their families, and …
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An overview of recent news related to business and human rights is followed by a deep dive into the headlines around child labor in the United States. Join Rachelle to explore this phenomenon, the international standards defining child labor, what the U.S. hot goods provision means for enforcement, and what best practice looks like for child labor …
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Muetter is a project analyst at the Uyghur Transitional Justice Database (UTJD), based in Norway. The UTJD is an ongoing project that focuses on the registration of the disappeared and extrajudicially interned Uyghurs in East Turkistan. The UTJD project was founded by the Norwegian Uyghur Committee (NUC) in 2018; Muetter has served as the Head of C…
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China has seen large-scale migration of workers from rural into urban areas. While the phenomenon of “left behind children” in rural areas has been widely reported, many children travel with their parents to cities. Given barriers to accessing public services that rest on a residency-status policy known as “hukou”, many of these migrant worker chil…
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Adriano Nuvunga is a courageous anti-corruption activist from Mozambique who has played a leading role in building civil society institutions in Mozambique. At the Centre for Public Integrity, he raised many challenging questions about corruption in Mozambique. A keen critic of the extractive sector and how it affects political systems, he has been…
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Anton Mifsud-Bonnici is a Mediterranean-based independent business advocate. He specialises in ESG master strategy related to the low carbon energy transition. He is a thought leader on governance and an expert in stakeholder management and relationship building. He serves as a Commissioner overseeing the ongoing review of the Voluntary Principles …
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Egbert Wesselink is a historian by training and serves as Senior Advisor with PAX, the Dutch peace movement. Before joining PAX he worked at the Dutch parliament, as a teacher in a French Lycée d’État, as Human Rights officer with UNTAC, and as a Russia/Caucasus expert with the UNHCR. He has been deeply involved with civil society in Russia and con…
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Mark Dickinson began his maritime career at age 16 and has been advocating for seafarers for several decades. He was instrumental in the original drafting of the Maritime Labour Convention, and leads the seafarers' representatives delegation at the STC in pushing for improvements to the convention.Oleh Institute for Human Rights and Business
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In this Voices Podcast Neill Wilkins from IHRB talks to Spenser Bomholt Fain, Global Programme Manager at Quizrr a digital training platform which is used in the supply chains of a growing number of International Brands. Jump-to points: (1:00) What is Quizrr? (3:34) How does Quizrr work? (5:20) User centricity in Quizrr’s work (6:00) Suppliers gain…
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Jump-to: (00:45) The case of labour rights in the apparel industry (1:30) What is Transparentem? (2:50) What does the Transparentum report cover? (4:35) Audits beyond the apparel industry (7:00) Suppliers and their methods to conceal labour abuses (8:00) Why would workers lie during audits? (11:10) Concerning examples of recruitment agencies method…
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Reuters reported in April this year that roughly 85,000 of the 172,000 migrants at the southern US border were from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. And the IOM states that from January to August of this year 70,074 were deported from Mexico and the US back to Central America. Add onto those figures, the thousands of workers who enter the US o…
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The dystopian mood music surrounding the United Nations 26th annual climate change conference (COP26) is stark. Government and business leaders are not meeting the targets set in the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, and humanity is quickly running out of time to correct course.In this special episode of Voices, IHRB’s Haley St. Dennis and John Morris…
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Remediation programmes have the potential to strengthen existing human rights due diligence, compliance, and broader ESG policies first by involving workers in the detection and resolution of any human rights grievance and then by providing consistent feedback on the success of these human rights policies. In this IHRB Voices podcast Archana Kotech…
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Digital platforms for migration can be a great tool for promoting transparency of recruitment processes for migrant workers and businesses trying to recruit workforce. They may also encourage improved government oversight of recruitment in countries of origin and destination.In this episode of Voices Sophia Kagan, ILO Chief Technical Adviser on Fai…
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Nissara Spence, Project Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Thailand, speaks to IHRB's Guna Subramaniam about the recently published Human Resource Guidebook on Employer Obligations and Cultural Sensitivity. The Guidebook aims to promote a working environment for the respectful inclusion of migrant workers by acknowledging…
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Jump-to points: (03:20) The work of Our Journey in Malaysia (4:40) The impact of the pandemic on migrant workers in Malaysia (07:00) The additional burden on women (8:44) The risks for businesses in the absence of effective enforcement of migrant workers' rights (12:00) The active role of businesses and what businesses should do to avoid unethical …
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PART I: #InvisibleHeroes Team (02:46) Why Singapore? (07:23) A pronged strategy: Social media + cultural fairs + employee engagement (09:34) Scaling migrant workers stories on social media (12:50) The power of cultural fairs in making human connection (16:04) Breaking down silo’s across employees through mentoring (20:15) The importance of branding…
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This Day of the Seafarer podcast brings together Andrew Stephens of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), and Simon Bennett of Swire Shipping to reflect on the ongoing maritime crew change crisis and wider human rights issues among the world’s 1.6 million seafarers.In conversation with IHRB's Francesca Fairbairn, they discuss the impact on sea…
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Emily Kenway is an activist and author who was involved with the establishment of the office of the UK and slavery, Commissioner, where she was responsible for private sector engagement and has also worked for a number of organisations focused on Labor rights in both the UK and abroad. Find out more about the book…
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Chrik Poortman has chaired the CoST Board since 2011. In addition to his role with CoST, he is Senior Adviser at Transparency International, where he was Director of Global Programmes for the International Secretariat until 2010. Prior to TI, Chrik worked for the World Bank in many regions. Maria da Graça Prado is CoST’s Senior Policy & Research Ad…
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Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are still stranded at sea due to port restrictions. The global crew change crisis, one of the Top 10 Business and Human Rights Issues for 2021, is now well into its second year. About Francesca Mangano and TFG London Francesca Mangano is the CSR and Sustainability Executive at TFG London. As head of the CSR and Su…
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A new report Developing Freedom from the UN University suggests a new way of understanding and addressing slavery may be helpful. If slavery is a systemic issue deeply embedded in economic models which deny people any agency, how could improved development outcomes and the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals be used to understand the d…
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About Shramik Sanjal Shramik Sanjal is a membership-based, worker-led network of migrant workers. Most members are low-income migrants in the Gulf states and Malaysia. Shramik Sanjal work to educate, empower, and support migrant workers and advocate for the right of migrant workers to live and work abroad with dignity and with respect for rights.…
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In March 2021, social media giant Facebook released its first human rights policy. Given the multiple challenges the company faces on a range of human rights issues, the announcement has generated great interest and questions about how it will be implemented. Few companies have an impact on society as vast as Facebook does. By offering a social net…
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About Impactt: Founded in 1997, Impactt were founded in 1997 specialises in ethical trade, human rights, labour standards and international development – working with organisations to improve working conditions and livelihoods, across global supply chains. Read more about Impactt's standards for maximising the impact of repayment of recruitment fee…
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Dr Kate Pike is Associate Professor Emeritus at Solent University and Director of Field Research, a company specialising extensively on the social science and human elements of the maritime industry. Kate is an experienced maritime researcher with applied expertise and project experience in seafarer’s welfare, gender equality and diversity, managem…
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Export Development Canada (EDC) is a Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage. As international risk experts, we equip them with the tools they need – the trade knowledge, financial solutions, equity, insurance, and connections – to grow their business with confidence. Read more: https://www.…
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