ADDRESSING HUMAN RIGHTS IN COFFEE AND COCOA VALUE CHAINS Embedding the Commodity Trading Sector Guidance on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Donnerstag, 16 Januar '20   09:00 - 14:00
SECO - Holzikofenweg 36, 3003 Bern
Details

You are a coffee or cocoa grower, processor, trader, retailer, or even a financial institution and you want to find ways to better manage potential human rights impacts within your own operations and those of your business partners?

OBJECTIVES AND DESIRED OUTCOMES

This event brings together the different actors of the coffee and cocoa value chain to strengthen the learning around embedding human rights due diligence, as set-out in the Commodity Trading Sector Guidance on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
By sharing experience and inquiring into how they can interact on due diligence, the players involved can identify areas where implementation challenges need to be explored further.

The event will address questions, such as:

  • What are the specific responsibilities of each of the actors along the value chain?
  • What do companies need to address human rights impacts individually and what can be done in partnership with others?
  • How can companies generate buy-in of internal stakeholders and business partners to take action and ownership?
  • How to remediate human rights impacts in the supply chains when they occur, individually and collectively?
  • What is the role of financial institutions to further the respect for human rights and what are their expectations?

At the end of the event, participants will:

  • Have insight into how different companies are implementing the Sector Guidance as well as where to find practical tools to support implementation
  • Recognize the expectations stakeholders have of each other to practice human rights due diligence and report on progress
  • Know how peers and other commodity actors are addressing human rights impacts and take learnings back to own management systems and processes
  • Identify areas for collective action within the pre-competitive space

AGENDA

08:30 – 09:00 Welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome words

  • Olivier Bovet – Senior Advisor, SECO
  • Frédéric Chenais - Policy Advisor, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

09:15 – 09:30 Introduction

  • Getting to know each other
  • Objectives of the day - Sarah Dekkiche – Director of consulting Switzerland, twentyfifty GmbH

I. Human rights due diligence in the coffee and the cocoa value chain – implementation challenges and opportunities

09:30 – 10:15 Panel discussion

  • What are the specific responsibilities of each of the actors along the value chain?
  • How are companies meeting requirements and stakeholder expectations?
  • Christiaan Prins – Head of External Affairs, Barry Callebaut
  • Esther Berkelaar – Head Trade and Commodity Finance Agri EMEA, Rabobank
  • Guy Hogge - Global Head Sustainability, Louis Dreyfus Company
  • Yann Wyss - Senior Manager, Social & Environmental Impact, Nestlé

10:15 – 11:00 Working groups

  • Naming and exploring participants` expectations and responsibilities to address those impacts
  • All event participants

II. Identifying critical success factors for human rights due diligence in coffee and cocoa value chains

11:00 – 13:00 Breakout sessions
In these breakout session participants will explore

  • Generating buy-in of internal stakeholders and business partners to take action and ownership
  • Addressing identified human rights impacts and issues
  • Implementation of human rights due diligence in cocoa and coffee supply chains by financial institutions
  • All event participants

13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch

This event is convened by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Department of Economic Affairs and Research (EAER). It is organised by twentyfifty GmbH, in partnership with the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA) and the Swiss Coffee and Trading Association (SCTA).

Please contact annik.bindler@twentyfifty.ch if you are facing any registration problems.

Tickets

Preis
Member
This is the fee for STSA and SCTA member companies.
80,00 CHF
Non-members
120,00 CHF
Ort

SECO - Holzikofenweg 36, 3003 Bern