What difference will it make? Human Rights and Environmental Regulation for Business in the EU

It is widely expected that in 2024 Europe will agree a new Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence with far-reaching consequences for businesses and society.  On November 25th, the Trinity Business School and Centre for Social Innovation are delighted to bring together European & global experts to share their perspectives on what this means for industry and individuals.  Attendees will hear from high-level policy-makers, practitioners and scholars about how this Directive will work, its potential for transforming human rights and environmental protection inside and outside the EU, and how companies can advance their plans and policies concerning Human Rights Due Diligence. They will also hear from those at the coalface about the severity of the risks faced by human rights defenders and what companies can do to mitigate these. Questions about what is coming down the tracks will be answered and attendees will come away from this event with actionable steps to prepare them for the future.

Places are limited and registration is required.

Venue: Room 2.31, Trinity Business School

Panelists include:

Didier Reynders is the Commissioner responsible within the European Commission for the legislative proposal for a corporate sustainability due diligence directive. He is European Commissioner for Justice and from 2004 to 2019 served as Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium. He served as Belgium’s Minister for Finance (1999-2011), Foreign and EU Affairs (2011-2019) and Defence (2018-2019).

Aisling Boland, CFA, CIFD, Senior ESG Consultant, is leading the implementation of AIB’s human rights strategy across the firm. She has over 20 years’ experience at top tier global banks and asset managers designing and embedding frameworks for better governance and risk management.

Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders and Adjunct Professor of Business and Human Rights in the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), School of Business, Trinity College Dublin.

Joam Evans Pim, human rights defender from Galicia, Spain, working with communities to highlight the harmful impacts of mining operations in the Iberian peninsula.

Anita Ramasastry (Moderator), Professor of Law and the Director of the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program at the University of Washington and past chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.