Business Responsibility for Human Rights – Dr Owen Boyle, Northumbria University
Join Dr Owen Boyle for the first in the academic year’s Responsible Business Seminars, this year taking
place entirely online.
About the Seminar
In 2011, the United Nations published the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights which outlined the State duty to protect human rights, the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and the need for access to effective remedy. All business enterprises therefore have to ‘respect’ human rights throughout the course of their operations and help ensure access to effective remedy when negative impacts take place. But what does it mean to respect human rights and how can a business provide an effective remedy?
About the Speaker
Owen has been working on corporate social responsibility (CSR) for almost ten years. During this period, he completed his PhD at the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen and wrote on the subject of business responsibility for human rights. Owen focused on how business enterprises can respect human rights through the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Following completion of his PhD, he worked as a consultant across Scandinavia and northern Europe. In this capacity, Owen has advised a number of large corporations on how to implement various aspects of the UNGPs across their organisations. He has written human rights policies for international organisations and worked on a project with the United Nations that aims to provide operational guidance for companies as to how they can create effective grievance mechanisms to help ensure access to remedy in a business and human rights context.”