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Presentation - Business Roundtable on UN Global Compact Human Rights Principles
Ms. Angela Joo-Hyun Kang, Founder and CEO of GCEF (Global Competitiveness Empowerment Forum) was invited as a presenter to talk about "Implications of Human Rights in Business Management of non-Korean corporations and Prospect of Human Rights Friendly Practices of Korean Corporations" at the Business Roundtable co-hosted by National Human Rights Commission of Korea, Global Compact Korea Network and Korea Human Rights Foundation. CEOs and representatives from CSR, Business Ethics, Compliance, Sustainable Management divisions of various industries - electronics, consumer goods, manufacturing, construction, engineering and socially responsible investment - attended.

<Business Roundtable on the Human Rights Principles of UN Global Compact and Business Management Integrated with Human Rights>

Date: Monday, September 14, 2009 (2 pm ~ 5:30 pm)
Venue: Conference Room of National Human Rights Commission of Korea
Co-hosts: National Human Rights Commission of Korea, Global Compact Korea Network and Korea Human Rights Foundation
Sponsor: UNDP Korea

Program:

1:30 ~ 2:00 Registration

2:00 ~ 2:20 (20 min.) Welcome and opening speeches

- Hyun, Byung-Chul, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission of Korea
- Ju, Chul-Ki, VP and Secretary General of Global Compact Korea Network
- Park, Eun-Jeong, Chairwoman, Korea Human Rights Foundation

2:20 ~ 2:50 (30 min.)

Session 1: “The Human Rights Principles of UN Global Compact and Trends of Business Management Integrated with Human Rights”

- Ursula Wynhoven, Head, Policy & Legal of Global Compact Office

2:50 ~ 3:10 (20 min.)

Session 2: “Implications of Human Rights in Business Management of non-Korean corporations and Prospect of Human Rights Friendly Practices of Korean Corporations”

- Angela Joo-Hyun Kang, Founder and CEO of G-CEF (Global Competitiveness Empowerment Forum) & Advisor of Business and Human Rights of Korea Human Rights Foundation

3:10 ~ 3:40 (30 min.) Coffee break

3:40 ~ 4:20 (40 min.)

Session 3: “Future of Korean Business Management Integrated with Human Rights;Case Introductions of Korean Corporations”

- HP Korea, Kim, Jung-Hyun, Director of Human Resources (20 min.)
- An aloe production & marketing company: Univera, Jo, Bok-Hee, Head of Marketing (20 min.)

4:20 ~ 5:30 (70 min.)

<Interactive dialogue>

Moderator: Jeong, Sun-Ae, Managing Director, Korea Human Rights Foundation

- Q & A
- Discussion of all Korean and non-Korean presenters and business participants

5:30 Adjourn

<Background and Purpose>

- Launched in 2000, UN Global Compact has over 6.200 corporate participants and stakeholders from over 130 countries as signatory members. More than 4,700 members are corporations. It has been expanding its social responsibility awareness continuously and reinforced as one of major agenda of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after 2006.

- UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. It is currently the largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative in global community.

- However, Korean corporations tend to think business management integrated with human rights very difficult, not realizing many of their existing activities are already related with areas of economic, social and cultural rights.

- Many advanced non-Korean corporations have started business management integrated with human rights from a small but basic step. They try to find human rights related components from their existing business activities based on human rights related principle 1 and 2 of UN Global Compact and to expand their recognition and activities in business and human rights arena.

- The 2007 publication of “Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice II” issued by UN Global Compact and United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights explains best practices of business management integrated with human rights in the areas of business strategy, policy, process and procedures, communication, training, evaluation and measurement and reporting.

- Thus, the upcoming business roundtable on business and human rights aims to have in-depth dialogue by inviting the limited number of business people who are interested in starting business management integrated with human rights. Its main purpose is to share awareness and recognition that the human rights principles of UN Global Compact are not restricting business activities, but enabling business to utilize strategic frameworks in business management, which are universally acceptable and adaptable to all stakeholders in spheres of corporate influence.

- The upcoming business roundtable is aimed to have in-depth and interactive dialogue of business people focusing on human rights principles of UN Global Compact by inviting an international expert on business and human rights.

<Short bio of Ursula Wynhoven>

Ursula Wynhoven is the Head, Policy & Legal and Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact Office. UN Global Compact is the UN’s voluntary corporate responsibility initiative focused on the areas of human rights, workplace, the environment and anti-corruption.

In addition to handling the Global Compact Office’s legal affairs and policy matters, Ursula leads the Global Compact Office’s work programmes on the human rights and labour principles.

She began working with the Global Compact Office in 2002. A lawyer by background, Ursula worked in private practice and government human rights agencies in both Australia and the United States before joining the United Nations. Ursula has also worked for the Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the OECD’s corporate responsibility initiative.

Among other academic qualifications, Ursula has two Masters of Law degrees - one from Columbia Law School, where she was also a Human Rights Fellow, and the other from Monash University Law School in Australia. She is an Adjunct Professor in Business and Human Rights at Fordham Law School in New York. She is admitted to practice law in jurisdictions in Australia, United States (California), and England and Wales.

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