Past Events

Stakeholder dialogue between business and NGOs on "Recht ohne Grenzen"

On September 26th, 2012, the Global Compact Network Switzerland hosted an open dialogue between NGOs and business on the Swiss campaign "Droit sans frontiėres- Recht ohne Grenzen" with 30 participants from Swiss companies, NGOs, business associations, government and academia.

Alliance Sud outlined the objectives of the petition which was submitted to the Swiss Government in June 2012. Referring to the framework on business and human rights by Prof. John Ruggie, where he suggests a smart mix between voluntary and binding measures under the pillar "State Duty to Protect", one of the goals of the campaign is the launch of this discussion in Switzerland.

On behalf of the Global Compact Network Switzerland, UBS and Nestle as well as ICC Switzerland presented how Swiss companies operating internationally have been implementing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in their operations in the past, in particular by referring to the OECD guidelines for multinational companies and the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact.

The discussion lead by Prof. Christine Kaufmann of the Competence Center for Human Rights at the University of Zurich revealed that focusing on access to remedy could eventually prove to be a counterproductive measure since there seems a risk that the debate will shift from dialogue towards a legal dispute, thereby undermining the option for constructive solutions.

The first event in the format of an open dialogue under the Chatham House Rule was highly appreciated by stakeholders present and shall be continued in the future.

Presentation of the Speakers:

Presentation Swiss Network
Presentation Alliance Sud
Presentation UBS
Presentation Nestle
Presentation C.Kaufmann



Past Events of the Swiss Local Network include:


  • May 2012: "Women's Empowerment Principles" (hosted by Novartis)
  • November 2011: „Business and Human Rights" (hosted by Credit-Suisse)
  • September 2011: „Rate the Raters"-Discussion on Sustainability Rating Agencies (hosted by UBS)



Ein Coaching auf Deutsch im kleinen Kreis, anhand konkreter Fallbeispiele und vor dem Hintergrund der eigenen Erfahrung.  

Where? Konstanz

When? 16-17 April 2013 

Flyer? Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte

Please register with our colleagues from the German Network by April, 1rst : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Im Juni 2011 wurden die UN-Leitprinzipien für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte verabschiedet. Sie definieren die Verantwortung von Unternehmen zur Achtung der Menschenrechte („corporate responsibility to respect human rights“) nicht nur im eigenen Geschäftsbereich sondern auch in ihren Beziehungen zu Regierungen, Geschäftspartnern und anderen Anspruchsgruppen. Gerade im Bereich der Wertschöpfungs- und Lieferkette stellt das Thema Menschenrechte Unternehmen vor große Herausforderungen. Das Coaching unterstützt Unternehmen dabei, die mit dem Thema verbundenen Chancen und Risiken zu erkennen, zu verstehen und eigene Lösungs- sowie Handlungsansätze zu entwickeln.

Ziel: Die Teilnehmenden sind in der Lage, das Thema Menschenrechte für ihr Unternehmen und ihre Wertschöpfungskette anzugehen.



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