Past eventResearch Event

Business and Human Rights: Bridging the Governance Gap

28 September 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Chatham House, London


Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Mark Hodge, Executive Director, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
Professor Sheldon Leader, Director, Essex Business and Human Rights Project, University of Essex
Chair: Matthew Townsend, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP



A perceived governance gap between levels of corporate influence and impact, and related levels of accountability, is one factor driving wider current trends on responsible business conduct and its governance. Meanwhile, the business community and the legal profession face uncertainty over the shape and nature of future regulation in this field.

Next year will mark five years since the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. What trends are likely to emerge in the field of business and human rights over the next decade? To coincide with the publication of a Chatham House research paper on these trends, this event will bring together various stakeholders to consider a range of issues about the direction of business and human rights:

  • Are market incentives shifting or will there remain a necessary trade-off between being a commercially competitive business (or national economy) and being a socially responsible one?
  • What evidence is there of any emerging trend towards more mandatory due diligence and disclosure requirements for corporations in the area of human rights? How will business respond to legislative efforts?
  • What are the prospects and merits of international regulation relative to national-level initiatives? 
  • Is there likely to be significant progress on access to remedy?

Please note this event will be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is supported by Allen & Overy LLP.

Registration for this event is now closed.