Agenda

Welcome and introduction

9.30 – 9.45h

Opening by the German Federal Foreign Office and the German National Committee for UNICEF

Luise Amtsberg, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance

Together strong for every child – UNICEF’s view on corporate sustainability due diligence
Christian Schneider, Executive Director German National Committee for UNICEF

9.50 – 10.00h
Regulatory framework and current legal developments on corporate responsibility and children’s rights
Michael Windfuhr, Deputy Director, German Institute for Human Rights (DIMR)

10.00 – 10.10h
The German Federal Government‘s commitment to children’s rights and corporate responsibility: Overview of measures
Anosha Wahidi, Head of Division – Sustainable Transformation of Global Supply Chains, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

10.10 – 10.20h
Setting the Scene: a comprehensive child rights-based approach to corporate due diligence – why is this necessary and how does it work?
Chris Kip, Child Rights and Business Specialist, Programme Group Leadership Team, UNICEF Headquarters

Deepdive 1: Child Labour

Preventive action: implementing holistic child rights-based approaches against child labour

10.20 – 11.00h
Insights from research: Child labour and other child rights violations in a business context
Juliane Kippenberg, Associate Director of the Children’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch

System strengthening and local approaches to fighting child labour: UNICEF’s Country Office’s work and perspective from Cote d’Ivoire
Emanuele Biraghi, Chief of Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation at UNICEF Country Office Côte d’Ivoire

Preventing child labour in the supply chain: The practical example of living wages
Julia Kirschner, Senior Social Impact Manager, ARMEDANGELS

Multi-stakeholder approaches to preventing and tackling child labour
Fanny Frémont, Executive Director, Responsible Mica Initiative

11.00 – 11.20h
Moderated discussion with speakers
Meaningfully tackling child labour and fulfilling mandatory human rights due diligence obligations: how are these related and what should be considered when putting them into practice? What is the role of the international community in supporting companies?

11.20 – 11.45h
BREAK

Deepdive 2: Children’s rights and their realisation in business practice

A comprehensive child rights-based approach to corporate sustainability due diligence: practical examples and guidance for companies

11.45 – 12.20h
Impulses from representatives of the Junior Advisory Board of the German National Committee for UNICEF
Marisol Ferreira Lopes, Junior Advisory Board of the German National Committee for UNICEF
Gloria Dargatz, Junior Advisory Board of the German National Committee for UNICEF

Understanding and Implementation of Child Rights Measures in Corporate Practice – Identified successes and challenges
Dr. Berit Knaak, Postdoctoral Researcher, Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights

Ensuring access to effective legal protection: grievance mechanisms and children’s rights
Oliver Winter, Senior Regional Compliance Manager China, Head of CoC Human Rights Management, BMW Group

Reporting & effectiveness monitoring: integrating children’s rights into corporate reporting and process standards
Dave Reubzaet, Director Global Advisory, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

12.20 – 12.50h
Moderated final discussion with speakers & audience

Conclusion & Outlook

12.50 – 13.00h
Children’s rights on the path to sustainability
Laura Curtze, Independent Consultant on Business and Human Rights

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