What role does business play in human rights?
01 December 2010

​The European Parliament plays an important role in shaping the human rights and sustainability agenda of the European Union, and the next year, 2011, promises to be an important year for the EU, with the launch of a new Communication on CSR and a potential policy and regulatory initiative on ESG disclosure.
​To explore these developments, GRI will hold a cocktail reception at the European Parliament to examine the role of business in human rights on Monday 6 December, as part of Human Rights Week 2010.

Richard Howitt, an MEP from the Socialists & Democrats and European Parliament Raporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in 1999, 2003, 2007, and Dr Liucija Andrikienė, an MEP from the European People’s Party and Vice-Chair of European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights, will be hosting the event.

Around 80 percent of the Global Fortune 250 companies produced reports demonstrating their human rights performance in 2008/9; more than three-quarters were based on the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. But what more should companies be doing?

GRI Chief Executive Ernst Ligteringen is inviting the GRI network to the event to discuss links between business and human rights, and to talk about what more businesses could be doing to improve and report on their human rights performance.

Speakers from the Global Reporting Initiative and European businesses ENEL and Novo Nordisk will give their perspective on how companies can be transparent about their human rights impacts.

The event “What role does business play in human rights?” will be held from 18:00-19:30 on Monday 6 December 2010, at the Members Salon, European Parliament, Brussels.