Responsible Business, Human Rights and Decent Work in Asia

Harnessing synergies between human rights and inclusive growth


The objective of this event is to promote recognition among partner countries that resilient, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth, on the one hand, and respect for human rights and decent work for all, on the other, are interrelated elements that create synergies.
The event also aims at sharing country-specific experiences and approaches to boost efforts to respect human rights, including decent work for all, focusing on national ownership while recognising each country’s context.  
To achieve the above objectives, the event will, in particular:
  • Showcase initiatives aimed at promoting responsible business conduct and decent work in supply chains, in line with the UN, OECD and ILO instruments and frameworks at corporate, industry and national levels.
  • Strengthen the discussion among governments, workers’ and employers’ organisations and other supply chain actors, encouraging further cooperation and promotion of shared values based on international standards, including international labour standards.
  • Discuss the role of skills development and human capital investments in supporting responsible business, decent work and sustainable economic growth in Asia.

Date and Time

Monday 18 September 2023
8:30 am - 5:40 pm (Jakarta time)

Registration for Online participation
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*Please see the detailed programme here.
 Programme Speakers
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Opening remarks Mr Shin Hosaka, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI)
Mr Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Indonesia (Delivered by Mr. Rudy Salahuddin)
Keynote speeches: How can we foster synergies between human rights and inclusive growth to contribute to a sustainable future? Ms Pichamon Yeophantong, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr Dan Rees, ILO
Session 1: Unlocking Sustainable Growth through Responsible Business and Labour Practices: G7 and Asian Approaches Mr Yasuhiko Yoshida, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI)
Mr A K M Rezaur Rahman, Ministry of Labour and Employment of Bangladesh
Dr Carsten Stender, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany
Mr Ukrish Kanchanaketu, Employers Confederation of Thailand (ECOT)
Atty Allan Sablon Montaño, Federation of Free Workers, the Philippines
Ms Githa Roelans, ILO (facilitator)
Closed sessions for constituent groups 
Session 2: Skills Development as a Contribution to the Synergies between Human Rights, Decent Work and Inclusive Growth Ms Akiko Sakamoto, ILO
Ms Elly Rosita Silaban, KSBSI/The Confederation of
Indonesia Prosperity Trade Union
Mr Robert Maronilla, Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP)
Mr Matt Downing, UK Mission to Indonesia and Timor Leste
Mr Yunus Triyonggo, Bridgestone Indonesia
Mr Eric Roeder, ILO (facilitator)
Session 3: Responsible Business Conduct: Initiatives at the Enterprise Level Mr Susumu Tanaka, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Mr Chad Salitan, U.S. Embassy in Vietnam
Mr Chea Sopheak, Cambodia Labour Confederation (CLC)
Ms Myra M Hanartani, APINDO(Asosiasi Pengusaha Indonesia, The Employers' Association of Indonesia)
Ms Yukako Kinoshita, Panasonic Holdings Corporation
Mr Yoshihiko Ono, Japan Federation of labour and social security attorney’s Associations
Ms Yuki Kobayashi, ILO (facilitator)
Closing remarks