Speech on Business and Human Rights Defenders

On 10 June 2021, I spoke at the open meeting of the Business Network on Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders: Deep dive: Colombia: from the promise of economic development to widespread repression – the role of business during social protests: challenges and opportunities. On Monday, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre published excerpts from that speech.

The most effective way to address and foresee human rights concerns is for business to carry out human rights due diligence. Any due diligence must take the views of HRDs into account, must establish communication channels with them and must leave the door open to longer term cooperation as risk to rights change over time, as most often it will be HRDs who sound the warning signals for much greater business (and human rights) risks coming down the line.

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