Responsible Business and Human Rights Workshop

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PwC
Atria One, 144 Morrison Street
Edinburgh EH2 3LJ

This event will review and share best practice on responsible business practices in Scotland that respect human rights. The event is hosted by PwC, BITC Scotland, Scottish Human Rights Commission, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

When someone says ‘human rights’ and ‘business’ what do you think of? Do you think of global supply chains, child labour or the Modern Slavery Act? Or do you think of your equality and diversity policies, your mental health at work activities, or your provisions for parental leave and flexible working? All these are human rights issues, but we don’t often think of them in this light. Most businesses already play a significant role in promoting and protecting human rights and would agree that respecting human rights has business benefits. It helps to enhance reputation and brand value, increases customer base, helps attract and retain a diverse skilled workforce which in turn increases innovation and productivity and reduces the risk of litigation.

We invite you to the Responsible Business and Human Rights workshop hosted by PwC, BITC Scotland, Scottish Human Rights Commission, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on 10 May 2018 to discuss this further.

The Agenda
This workshop will review responsible business practices in Scotland that respect human rights and share best practice. This could include supporting equality and diversity, paying the Living Wage, facilitating flexible working, and looking after employees’ physical or mental health. It will also explore both the challenges to and benefits for businesses.
Discussion topics will include:

  • Ways in which businesses in Scotland currently respect human rights
  • What human rights issues are most relevant to businesses in Scotland
  • The support businesses would find useful to help them embed human rights

Audience
This is an opportunity for you to have your say about how the action plan can deliver on human rights while best supporting you and your business through that process. We want to hear direct from businesses to ensure that their views and experiences feed into the drafting action plan due later this year. We encourage anyone who is responsible for recruitment, line management, regulatory compliance and reporting or procurement to attend. Please also share this invitation with colleagues and contacts at other organisations – all employers are welcome.

How to book
Space is limited so book your space as soon as possible by emailing Cynthia.Fry@bitc.org.uk by 1st May 2018.

Contact
If you have any questions, please call Cynthia on 0131 451 1118.