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Business and Human Rights Compliance – Challenges and Trends

7 December 2017 - 8 December 2017

The German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), in cooperation with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Bangkok/Laos Office, will host an international conference on “Business and Human Rights Compliance” on 7 and 8 December 2017 at the Holiday Inn Sukhumvit in Bangkok.

You can find the conference agenda below. For the concept note, please click here.

Participation is free of charge. Please register by filling in the form at the bottom.

For further information, please contact us via events@cpg-online.de (Khun Venus).


Thursday, 7 December 2017

8.30-9.00: Registration
9.00-9.15: Welcoming Words

9.15-11.00: “Business & human rights: Trends and developments in Asia”

Prof. Yasushi Higashizawa, Faculty of Law, Meijigakuin University, Tokyo
Dr. Matthew Mullen, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Bangkok
Jefferson R. Plantilla, Chief Researcher, Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center, Osaka
Saul Takahashi, Regional Researcher and Representative, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Tokyo

11.00-11.15: Coffee break

11.15-12.30: “Human rights compliance: Perspectives from the business world”

Assist. Prof. Dr. Roman Meinhold, Business Administration Division, Mahidol University, Bangkok
Dr. Netithorn Praditsarn, Vice President, Group Sustainability and Communications, CP Group Co. Ltd., and U.N. Global Compact contact person for Thailand

12.30-13.30: Lunch break

13.30-15.00: “Human rights and the environment: Monitoring the impacts in Southeast Asia”

Bo Bo, Myanmar Campaign Deputy Director, EarthRights International, Yangon
Maureen Harris, Southeast Asia Program Director, International Rivers, Bangkok
Dr. Carl Middleton, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

15.00-15.15: Coffee break

15.15-16.45: “Watchdogs of human rights compliance: NGOs and the media”

Christopher Ng, Regional Secretary, UNI Global Union, Asia & Pacific, Singapore
Karin Wenger, South East Asia Correspondent, Swiss National Public Radio and Television (SRF), Bangkok
Hnin Wut Yee, Programme & Outreach Manager, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), Yangon
Shin Young Chung, Attorney-at-law, Korean Transnational Corporation Watch, Advocates for Public Interest Law, Seoul


Friday, 8 December 2017

8.30-9.00: Registration

9.00-10.30: “The role of international organizations in human rights compliance”

Heike Alefsen, Regional Senior Human Rights Advisor, UN Development Group for the Asia and Pacific, Bangkok
Anna Platonova, Senior Programme Manager, International Organization for Migration, Mission in Thailand, Bangkok
Jerome Pons, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, Bangkok

10.30-10.45: Coffee break

10.45-12.45: “Advising businesses: Steps for effective human rights compliance”

Pamela Kiesselbach, Senior Consultant, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Hong Kong
Bahtiar Manurung, Operations Director, Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST), Jakarta
Vincent Yambao, Sub-Regional Compliance Officer, Merck Group, Manila

12.45-13.00: Closing remarks



7 December 2017
8 December 2017


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Holiday Inn Sukhumvit
22 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
Bangkok, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
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