- Welcome and introduction
- Human Rights for the Maritime Industry
-Sustainability in the maritime sector, where do human rights fit in?
-The human rights lifecycle of a ship
-The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
-OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises
-Mapping salient human rights risks
- Engaging the industry
-Real life case by local company
-Risk and response case study
-Consultation on Human Rights Charter for the Maritime Sector
- Summary and way Forward
Guido Battaglia, Head of Responsible Trade Programme, Institute for Human Rights and Business
Catherine Bloch Veiberg, Senior Advisor, Danish Institute for Human Rights
National Contact Point for Responsible Business Conduct Norway: TBA
Shipping is a global and fragmented industry facing a host of global challenges from climate change to increased competition and falling margins. Yet, the maritime industry also offers huge potential for innovation and driving sustainable solutions to global risks. Globally, the main maritime industry players tend to look at sustainability and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) from a predominantly environmental perspective. This might, however, lead to less attention on the aspect of human rights risks and responsibilities of operations, raising the need to undertake human rights due diligence and risk assessment along the whole value chain of a ship. Effective assessment and management of human rights risks is fundamental to strengthening sustainability and requires a coherent framework to articulate areas of salient risk and responsibilities.
There is currently little awareness of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and how to conduct human rights due diligence to assess areas of risk of abuse and develop mitigation strategies. To this end, the Rafto Foundation (Rafto), Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) are partnering with the maritime industry in Norway to deliver a series of half-day seminars to raise awareness of human rights risks and responsibilities of maritime companies based in Norway but with a global footprint through their supply chains for labour, products and services, their business partners and customer base.
At the heart of our approach is the human rights ‘lifecycle’ of a ship from design, finance and construction through operation to recycling/beaching. The purpose of the Mind the Gap Tour is to deliver a series of awareness-raising seminars on the relevance of UN Guiding Principles and salient human rights risk mapping at each stage of the human rights lifecycle model. Discussion-based sessions will include exploring tools for due diligence and practical guidance. Trainers will be representatives from Institute for Human Rights and Business, Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Norwegian National Contact Point for Responsible Business.