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Business, human rights and sustainability

Business, human rights and sustainability

12.Sep - 12. Sep, 2023 Cod. W17-23

How has corporate responsibility for Human Rights evolved at the international level? What is the role of sustainability in this system?


The relationship between business and International Law has evolved a lot in the last 20 years. We have moved from a voluntary framework focused on Corporate Social Responsibility to a system of International Human Rights Responsibility. The UN guiding principles on Business and Human Rights, now 10 years old, mark a key turning point in this evolution. The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, formed by 5 independent experts, is the body in charge of the development and application of these principles. This meeting will be an opportunity to learn about this system and to ask ourselves about the place of other principles, such as corruption, good governance, public procurement, due diligence and, especially, sustainability, in this international system that has already been accepted as a working framework by the vast majority of states and by international organisations such as the OECD.

Subsequent dialogue between Fernanda Hopenhaym, member of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, and Juanjo Álvarez, Professor of International Private Law at the UPV/EHU. Moderator: Mikel Mancisidor, jurist and doctor in International Relations and Diplomacy.

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17:45 - 18:00

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18:00 - 19:15

“La sostenibilidad, la empresa y los derechos humanos “

    Diálogo posterior entre Fernanda Hopenhaym, miembro del Grupo de Trabajo de las Naciones Unidas sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos, Juanjo Álvarez, catedrático de Derecho Internacional Privado de la UPV/EHU y Jose Antonio Rodriguez Ranz, Viceconsejero de Derechos Humanos, Memoria y Cooperación, Modera: Mikel Mancisidor, jurista y doctor en Relaciones Internacionales y Diplomacia.

    • Fernanda Hopenhaym Cabrera | Miembro del Grupo de Trabajo de la ONU sobre empresas y derechos humanos


    Fernanda Hopenhaym Cabrera

    UN Working Group on business and human rights

    Fernanda Hopenhaym is a member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and co-executive director of the Organisation, Development, Education and Research Project (PODER), a Latin American organisation dedicated to corporate accountability. She has participated in processes related to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles and other processes related to relevant instruments, such as the Binding Treaty negotiations and due diligence laws. She has conducted research on cases related to the impact of business on human rights and the environment, worked with local communities affected by public/private projects and accompanied them in their quest for justice and remedy. She has conducted global advocacy to advance corporate accountability and human rights, and led training and capacity building on business and human rights issues. She is a former president of the Board of ESCRNet and is currently a board member of EarthRights International and an advisor to the Business and Human Rights Award Foundation.


    Miramar Palace

    Pº de Miraconcha nº 48. Donostia / San Sebastián



    Miramar Palace

    Pº de Miraconcha nº 48. Donostia / San Sebastián