The European Union Sivil Düşün Programme National Civil Society Forum on Business and Human Rights
On Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 January 2020, the 4th Sivil Düşün National Civil Society Forum will take place in Ankara at the Sheraton hotel, this time with a focus on Business and Human Rights. It will take place within the framework of one of the EU’s flagship programmes to support Civil Society in Turkey Sivil Düşün. The Head of the Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, will deliver an opening speech.
What is the scope of the forum?
The 2 day forum aims to raise awareness on Business and Human Rights, the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the different stakeholders involved in advancing this issue (government, private sector, and civil society), the international frameworks and best practices. A specific focus will be on the role of civil society with regard to transparency and accountability as well as to driving transformative change and innovation in markets.
Each day the forum will start with panel discussions followed by specific workshops in the afternoon on topics such as Human Rights Due Diligence; Child Labour; discrimination at workplace; Human Rights and Global Supply Chain, etc..
More than 230 representatives from government, private sector, civil society, academia, trade unions, the 66 different provinces in Turkey, international organisations and embassies will participate.
“In today’s world, the actions of companies have significant impact on the lives of citizens. A large number of European companies are involved in global supply chains. The expectations of EU citizens, consumers, investors and shareholders regarding fair working conditions and a more sustainable use of resources are growing. Therefore, the EU supports and encourages governments and companies in their efforts to conduct business responsibly and in line with international human rights standards” said Ambassador Christian Berger, Head of the EU Delegation in Turkey, on this occasion.
In 2011, the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, non-legally binding guidelines for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations. The Guiding Principles recognise that preventing and remedying abuses or toleration of abuses by businesses is a joint responsibility of the private sector and public authorities.
For press inquiries:
Miray Akdağ / Press Officer for the Delegation of the European Union in Turkey