Business and Human Rights top of upcoming Forum agenda

Business and Human Rights top of upcoming Forum agenda

July 5, 2016

New Zealand isn’t immune to human rights violations and the leading experts on business and human rights are heading here next month to talk with kiwi businesses about how they can avoid committing them. 

From the 9th to the 11th of August, The Human Rights Commission is holding the very first Business and Human Rights Forum in New Zealand. The three-day Forum will be facilitated by Shift, the leading experts on Business and Human Rights.

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says the forum will be a great way to help kiwi businesses understand why respecting human rights is so important and give them the tools to start making changes. 

“Many don’t know it, but human rights abuses are happening in our own backyard, with cases of exploitation in the likes of the hospitality, horticulture, viniculture and dairy industries. These sorts of violations pose a huge reputational risk to businesses and our economy.

“We’re keen to see kiwi businesses understand how human rights impact their business and arm them with the tools and skills they need to be able to assess the who, what, where, when and why of their products and ensure they are doing right by every person in their supply chain and business.

“There will be businesses throughout New Zealand already taking positive action in the human rights space, but may not know it. The forum will be invaluable to those keen to improve their understanding of human rights and find out how respecting them can be beneficial to their reputation and their bottom line."

“This forum is not about pointing fingers or finding the bad guys – it’s about helping people to understand the case for embedding human rights into business practice,” Dr Blue Says. 

The Forum will feature a number of sessions including a Government roundtable in Wellington, and a workshop for investors and directors, a workshop for practitioners and a CEO breakfast in Auckland.

Businesses keen to take part in the forum should visit www.hrc.co.nz/business-and-human-rights-forum for registration details and further information or email: [email protected]

Human Rights Commission

The Commission works for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected.