Setting the Agenda on Business and Human Rights in ASEAN

21-06-2017

In early June, FTA participated in the “Regional Workshop on Business and Human Rights: Moving ahead with National Action Plans in ASEAN” (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in Bangkok, Thailand. Around 120 participants attended this regional workshop, including members of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the OECD, where they examined the region’s efforts in ensuring its international human rights commitments are reconciled with prevalent business practices.

At the workshop Anisha Rajapakse, FTA Senior Manager Stakeholder Engagement spoke at a high-level panel discussion on ‘Corporate Responsibility to Respect: Challenges and opportunities in implementing the UN Guiding Principles –The ASEAN experience’. She emphasised the need for collective action, partnerships and collaborations to actively scale up concrete responses on the ground in order to mitigate human rights violations in global supply chains. She outlined FTA’s work in responsible recruitment to improve practices and prevent the exploitation of migrant workers in the Thai food and fisheries sectors.

Other presentations aimed at contributing to embedding human rights in business activities in the ASEAN region, with a particular focus on the roles, duties and responsibilities of governments and business. They focused on how decision-makers from all sectors can accelerate action for an ASEAN community that protects not just profits, but also people and the planet.

The event was co-organised by ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), Ministry of Justice of Thailand, UN Development Programme, ASEAN CSR Network and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, with support from Government of Sweden, Oxfam and Global Compact Network Thailand. FTA’s participation in this event reaffirms its commitment to business and human rights and its outreach to expand its collaborations with stakeholders.

Contact: Anisha Rajapakse, FTA Senior Manager Stakeholder Engagement

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