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The Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum, a major regional conference on ethical business practices and development, Bangkok, June 12 - 13

News | 03 June 2019
June 12-13 UN Conference Centre, Bangkok

The ILO, OECD, UNDP, United Nations ESCAP, and the Royal Government of Thailand are, with funding support from the EU and Swedish government, hosting a high level forum on responsible business practices. This two-day event brings together representatives from government, business, workers organisations and the international community for wide ranging discussions on maximising the positive contribution of business to human rights and developmental goals in Asia. The programme includes discussions on shaping global policy; tools to address climate change; human rights considerations in global investment; addressing gender inequality in global supply chains; and the future of work. The Forum will also conduct a series of discussions on applying ‘due diligence’ in key industry sectors.

Link to the full agenda, including side events, and list of speakers can be found here.


High level guests
  • H.E. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand (TBC)
  • Hilde Hardeman, Head, European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instruments
  • Masamichi Kono Deputy Secretary General, OECD
  • Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary General & UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific
  • Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum
Available for Interviews

  • EU - Hilde Hardeman, Head, European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, Sarah Gondy, Policy Officer for Trade and Sustainable Development
  • ILO - Graeme Buckley, Director of the ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao’s People’s Democratic Republic; Emily Sims , Senior Specialist on International Labour Standards
  • OECD - Masamichi Kono, Deputy Secretary General; Christine Kaufmann, Chair, OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct; Mathilde Mesnard, OECD Deputy Director of Financial and Enterprise Affairs
  • UNDP – Jaco Cilliers, Director of Policy and Programmes, UNDP Asia & Pacific; Livio Sarandrea, Business and Human Rights Advisor, UNDP Asia & Pacific, 
Interviews by print, web or broadcast media can be scheduled via the communications representatives: ILO - forsterw@iloguest.org; OECD – Elodie Pierre elodie.pierre@oecd.org; UNDP - CostanzaPauchulo constanza.pauchulo@undp.org

The event also welcomes requests for interviews with guest speakers not listed above. Please contact the relevant organisation’s communications representative to facilitate these meetings.

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Media accreditation

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