MCRB and the Danish Institute address Seminar on Business and Human Rights in Tokyo
Vicky Bowman, Director MCRB, and Allan Lerberg Jorgensen, Director, Human Rights and Development Department, of the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), one of MCRB’s co-founding organisations, made presentations to a seminar on 29 June in Tokyo on ‘Responsible Business, Responsible Supply Chain: How should Japan implement UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in its policy and practice?”
The seminar was organised by the Institute of Developing Economies/Japan External Trade Organisation (IDE-JETRO), with the support of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). It was attended by over 200 participants – a record high in recent IDE-JETRO history - from business, government, academia and civil society/ Speakers discussed how Japan should implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in its policy and practice, including the question of a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.
Vicky’s presentation highlighted particular human rights risks faced by businesses in Myanmar, and shared examples of good practice. She encouraged Japanese companies doing business in Myanmar to make use of MCRB as a resource that could help them with their ‘responsibility to respect’ human rights. Allan’s presentation focussed on National Action Plans and drew attention to the DIHR’’s work in this area with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) who also spoke at the workshop.
Vicky also addressed a business seminar on 30 June hosted by JETRO for around 40 company representatives with specific interests in Myanmar. Information about MCRB is available in Japanese here.