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Implementing and interconnecting environmental and human rights due diligence processes
Official Side Event to the United Nations High Level Political Forum 2022 co-hosted by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Implementing due diligence processes is a complex undertaking, while national governments have begun taking steps to codify due diligence obligations into policy and national legislations are continuously being proposed and adopted. However, many have been limited in scope or approach, by adopting a siloed perspective towards sustainable development. Advancing the implementation of the SDGs requires an integrated and holistic approach that interconnects environmental and human rights due diligence processes. However, more clarity is needed on how can policies enable an integrated approach to due diligence as well as on what it in practice for companies.

This event aims to demonstrate that implementing environmental and human rights due diligence in silos is not enough to assess risks and impacts on people and the planet, while recognizing the need and the benefits of adopting an integrated approach and the role that it can play in building back better form the pandemic, within the decade of action.

Agenda (CEST)
13:30 Welcome & Introduction: Tabitha Bailey, Policy Coordinator, GRI
13:35 Setting the Scene: Gabrielle Holly, Senior Adviser, DIHR
13:45 Policy initiatives and regulatory developments: Barbara Bijelic, Legal Expert, Responsible Business Conduct, OECD
13:55 Case study - Multilateral. Colleen Connors, Senior Manager, Human Rights, Senior Manager, Human Rights and Decent Work, UN Global Compact
14:05 Case study - Business, Deeksha Vats, Chief Sustainability Officer, Aditya Birla Group
14:15 Panel discussion: Aditi Haldar, Director GRI South Asia (moderator), Gabrielle Holly, Barbara Bijelic, Colleen Connors, Deeksha Vats
14:58 Closing remarks, Aditi Haldar
15:00 End
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