Date & time: 29 April 2021, 2:00 – 3.30pm CET

In recent years, the business & human rights debate has experienced a marked shift towards mandatory human rights due diligence (mHRDD) as the solution to enforce corporate respect for human rights. Voluntary initiatives on the other hand are increasingly being discarded as ineffective to advance respect for human rights, detracting important perspectives and lessons learnt from the debate.
We brought together corporate practitioners, representatives of multi-stakeholder initiatives and business & human rights experts to share their experiences, lessons learned and latest research on voluntary, collaborative initiatives. The event discussed how voluntary initiatives and mandatory measures play together in advancing business respect for human rights, and identified the factors that make voluntary initiatives effective instruments in improving corporate performance on human rights.

This event was organized in partnership by the Geneva Center for Business & Human Rights (GCBHR), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).


  • John Grova, Advisor to the UNGP+10 project of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • André Podleisek, interim Head Corporate Sustainability, Schindler
  • Yann Wyss, Senior Manager, Social Impact, Nestlé
  • Richa Mittal, Senior Director, Supply Chain Innovation & Partnerships, Fair Labor Association
  • Sarah Dekkiche, Director of Policy and Partnerships, International Cocoa Initiative (ICI)
  • Prof. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Director, Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights
  • Crispin Conroy, Representative Director, Geneva, ICC

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