OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

Agenda

Day 1 :

14th June 2021
09:30 - 15:00
OECD Policymakers Roundtable on Regulatory Developments concerning Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct
By invitation only This Roundtable is open to policy-makers and inter-governmental organisations.

Day 2 :

15th June 2021
08:00 - 09:30
Access to remedy in the tech sector: The role of NCPs in providing access to remedy for technology-related human rights abuses
Responsible Business Conduct in the technology industry is at the heart of the debate around digital transformation and managing its impacts on individuals, and society more broadly. This session will explore how NCPs can contribute to providing access to remedy for technology-related human rights abuses.
11:00 - 13:15
Opening remarks and panel session - RBC for an inclusive, responsible and resilient recovery
Opening remarks and high-level panel discussion. The session will discuss how using an RBC lens can help address supply chain vulnerabilities and rebuild trust in the global economic system. Bringing together businesses, stakeholders and policymakers, the session will explore RBC-based strategies and partnerships that can help ensure the security of essential goods and strengthen capacity to anticipate and manage shocks while protecting workers and the environment.
13:30 - 15:00
OECD Guidelines: Leading from the Future
This session will explore the anticipated, cutting edge issues in responsible business conduct over the next years and how together we can adequately prepare to address these new areas. In particular, how can the OECD Guidelines for Multi-National Enterprises best reflect upcoming responsible business conduct risks and remain relevant in promoting access to remedy? What steps are leading innovators in business taking to future-proof risk and make responsible business conduct the “new normal”? To help guide the discussion, we will hear from youth voices and the marginalised, as well as leaders embodying new ways of doing business and engaging with workers and the community.

Day 3 :

16th June 2021
08:30 - 10:00
The UN Guiding Principles & the OECD Guidelines for MNEs – Fostering International Coherence to Promote Impact
This session, in collaboration with the UN WG on Business and Human Rights, will explore lessons learned over the last decade from both OECD and the UN. Taking place on the date that marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the session underlines the close connection and alignment between the UNGPs and OECD Guidelines. The UN WG will share findings from its stocktaking of the first ten years of UNGPs implementation (UNGPs 10+) and the discussion address the following: What lessons from the UNGPs 10+ stocktaking should the OECD take into consideration? How can international organisations promote coherence and greater impact globally? What are key stakeholder considerations for the stock take of the OECD Guidelines for MNEs and the UNGPs 10+ Road Map due Dec 2021? The 16th of June 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs): https://www.ohchr.org/ungps10 As part of its mandate to promote the UNGPs and the UNGPs 10+ project, the Working Group on Business and Human Rights is taking advantage of the 10th anniversary to take stock of implementation to date of the UNGPs and to chart a course for action in the decade ahead. Please find below links to the Stocktaking Report of the implementation to date of the UNGPs. Stocktaking report: https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Business/UNGPs10/Stocktaking-reader-friendly.pdf Executive summary: https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Business/UNGPs10/Stocktaking-executive-summary.pdf
13:00 - 15:00
Conversations with the National Contact Points for RBC
To allow direct interaction between participants and NCPs, this session will be held in Zoom. Participants are invited to register via the link on this page. Please note that registration to the main Forum alone will not enable access to this session. The session “Conversations with the National Contact Points for RBC” brings NCPs and participants together to learn more and exchange about the role of the NCPs in an open dialogue. Featuring three different break-out rooms – NCPs for beginners, NCPs for remedy, and NCPs to support RBC – the session will explore key questions pertaining to the NCP system. Beginning with a short introduction of NCPs by the OECD, participants will be invited to select the break-out room that most interests them: • Breakout 1 - NCPs for beginners: Who are the NCPs, why do they exist and what do they do? The dual mandate of the NCPs: what does it mean to promote the Guidelines and contribute to the resolution of issues that arise relating to the implementation of the Guidelines in specific instances? How do NCPs help with policy coherence on responsible business conduct? • Breakout 2 - NCPs for remedy: What is the ‘specific instance’ process? What tools do NCPs have at their disposal to facilitate remedy? What remedy / outcomes have NCPs achieved already? What challenges do NCPs encounter when facilitating remedy? How can NCPs enhance their remedy role? • Breakout 3 - NCPs to support RBC: What expectations do the Guidelines place on companies? How do they align with other standards? Why the complexity in the RBC field and how to make sense of it? What’s the mandate of NCPs in helping companies understand and implement the Guidelines Note: the option to self-select the breakout room of their choice requires use of the Zoom desktop or mobile app version 5.3.0 or higher.

Day 4 :

17th June 2021
08:00 - 09:30
RBC for Minimizing Deforestation in Supply Chains
Organised by BMZ, FAO, and the OECD With support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), OECD together with FAO will develop Practical Actions on Deforestation and Forest Degradation to complement the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains. The session will launch the development by exploring the perspectives of stakeholders from governments, private sector and civil society and discuss key aspects of guidance on how to address commodity-driven deforestation with RBC-strategies. Download the OECD-FAO Guidance in multiple languages at: https://mneguidelines.oecd.org/oecd-fao-guidance-responsible-agricultural-supply-chains.htm
12:30 - 13:45
Closing panel: "The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: delivering today and leading from the future" and Closing Remarks
This closing panel will mark the launch of the public consultation for the stocktaking exercise on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, ten years on from their last update. Drawing on insights from the Forum, key stakeholders will discuss how the Guidelines will remain fit now and in the decade ahead.