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50th Anniversary Event, Brussels

Holding multinational corporations accountable for labour standards and human rights? The Bangladesh Accord, the Ruggie Framework and the Modern Slavery Act

Roundtable Event in Brussels, June 2015


As part of a GRP International event programme for the University's 50th anniversary celebrations, the Global Governance GRP held a roundtable event in Brussels which discussed emerging trends in transnational governance to regulate labour and human rights violations in global supply chains.

By focusing on three novel initiatives which range from public to private, voluntary to binding and reporting to collective auditing mechanisms, the aim was to stimulate reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of new approaches.

Professor Juliane Reinecke & Professor Jimmy Donaghey

Professor Juliane Reinecke and Professor Jimmy Donaghey presentation examined the global governance response to the 2013 Rana Plaza disasters, with a particular focus on the Bangladesh Accord for Building and Fire Safety. View Presentation(PDF Document) 

Professor Ann Stewart

Professor Ann Stewart considered the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 and its provisions on transparency in supply chains which require companies ‘to make a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year to set out the steps the organisation has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its supply chains’. View Presentation(PDF Document)

Dr James Harrison

Dr James Harrison considered the UN Framework and Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on Business and Human Rights, created by former UN Special Representative, Prof. John Ruggie. View Presentation(PDF Document)

These presentations were followed by discussion. View Event Summary (PDF Document)