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Voices - Conversations on Business and Human Rights from Around the World
36 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
Eli Friedman on the Urbanization of People
China has seen large-scale migration of workers from rural into urban areas. While the phenomenon of “left behind children” in rural areas has been widely reported, many children travel with their parents to cities. Given barriers to accessing public services that rest on a residency-status policy known as “hukou”, many of these migrant worker children are educated in privately-run migrant schools outside of the main public school system. A lack of investment means that these schools are often poorly constructed, with limited protection against excessive heat, cold, rain and air pollution. The students experience continuous disruption and turmoil: widespread school demolitions and closures take place as a combined result of government policy and rising land values.
12 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
Adriano Nuvunga on Being an Anti-Corruption Human Rights Defender
Adriano Nuvunga is a courageous anti-corruption activist from Mozambique who has played a leading role in building civil society institutions in Mozambique. At the Centre for Public Integrity, he raised many challenging questions about corruption in Mozambique. A keen critic of the extractive sector and how it affects political systems, he has been threatened personally but he continues to advocate for transparency and integrity.
22 minutes | Jul 8, 2022
Anton Mifsud-Bonnici on the Role of Business in Conflict
Anton Mifsud-Bonnici is a Mediterranean-based independent business advocate. He specialises in ESG master strategy related to the low carbon energy transition. He is a thought leader on governance and an expert in stakeholder management and relationship building. He serves as a Commissioner overseeing the ongoing review of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights multi-stakeholder initiative. He has earlier worked with the UN and BP. He advises on peace making in Mozambique and gender fairness in Sierra Leone.
15 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
Egbert Wesselink on Corporate Crime and Sudan
Egbert Wesselink is a historian by training and serves as Senior Advisor with PAX, the Dutch peace movement. Before joining PAX he worked at the Dutch parliament, as a teacher in a French Lycée d’État, as Human Rights officer with UNTAC, and as a Russia/Caucasus expert with the UNHCR. He has been deeply involved with civil society in Russia and continues to be so today. At PAX, he leads the programme on Natural Resources, Conflict and Human Rights, focussing on the impacts of business enterprises on the rights and interests of communities in general and in Sudan, South Sudan, DRC and Colombia in particular. He has been actively involved in multi-stakeholder initiatives, including the Dutch Coal Dialogue and Bettercoal, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. His report Unpaid Debt instigated a Swedish war crimes investigation into the oil company Lundin Energy AB that led to the indictment of two executive managers and is expected to go to court in 2022. in Toronto on the sidelines of the Voluntary Principles Plenary Meeting in May,
44 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
Mark Dickinson on the Updated Maritime Labour Convention
Mark Dickinson began his maritime career at age 16 and has been advocating for seafarers for several decades. He was instrumental in the original drafting of the Maritime Labour Convention, and leads the seafarers' representatives delegation at the STC in pushing for improvements to the convention.
14 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
SO8E20 Spenser Bomholt Fain on the Digital Training Platform Quizrr
In this Voices Podcast Neill Wilkins from IHRB talks to Spenser Bomholt Fain, Global Programme Manager at Quizrr a digital training platform which is used in the supply chains of a growing number of International Brands. Jump-to points: (1:00) What is Quizrr? (3:34) How does Quizrr work? (5:20) User centricity in Quizrr’s work (6:00) Suppliers gain from Quizrr (9:00) Quizrr and Responsible Recruitment (11:00) Sectors covered by Quizrr
20 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
SO8E19 Transparentem on Social Audit Deception
Jump-to: (00:45) The case of labour rights in the apparel industry (1:30) What is Transparentem? (2:50) What does the Transparentum report cover? (4:35) Audits beyond the apparel industry (7:00) Suppliers and their methods to conceal labour abuses (8:00) Why would workers lie during audits? (11:10) Concerning examples of recruitment agencies methods for extortion (15:30) Do legislations on supply chains impact audit practices? (18:40) Next steps for Transparentem
29 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
S08E18 Saul Díaz on the Reintegration of Returning Migrants
19 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
S08E17 On Utopias and the Climate Crisis with Danilo Palazzo
The dystopian mood music surrounding the United Nations 26th annual climate change conference (COP26) is stark. Government and business leaders are not meeting the targets set in the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, and humanity is quickly running out of time to correct course. In this special episode of Voices, IHRB’s Haley St. Dennis and John Morrison unpack the concept and study of dystopian and utopian thinking throughout history, in search of guidance for how to think about and tackle the climate crisis. Feeding into the discussion is Dr. Danilo Palazzo, an academic expert on the subject of utopias, who emphasises the usefulness of utopian thinking as a response to dystopian realities, particularly their value in crafting blue-sky solutions and forcing problem-solvers to think beyond present generations’ needs.
16 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
S08E16 Archana Kotecha on Access to Remedy for Migrant Workers
16 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
S08E15 Sophia Kagan on Technology for Responsible Recruitment
18 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
S08E14 Nissara Spence on Employer Obligations and Cultural Sensitivity
31 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
S08E13 Sumitha Shaanthinni Kishna on Malaysia, Migrants, and the Pandemic
Jump-to points: (03:20) The work of Our Journey in Malaysia (4:40) The impact of the pandemic on migrant workers in Malaysia (07:00) The additional burden on women (8:44) The risks for businesses in the absence of effective enforcement of migrant workers' rights (12:00) The active role of businesses and what businesses should do to avoid unethical recruiting (24:45) The need to strengthen the collaboration between civil society and business
44 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
S08E12 Marketing Students on Reframing Negative Portrayals of Migrant Workers
PART I: #InvisibleHeroes Team (02:46) Why Singapore? (07:23) A pronged strategy: Social media + cultural fairs + employee engagement (09:34) Scaling migrant workers stories on social media (12:50) The power of cultural fairs in making human connection (16:04) Breaking down silo’s across employees through mentoring (20:15) The importance of branding and messaging to tell stories effectively PART II: #NFTs Team (24:29) What are non-fungible tokens (NFTs)? (26:13) How to connect NFTs, art, and migrant workers (27:45) The disruptive potential of NFTs (29:55) Artists uptake of NFTs (33:36) Using NFTs to elevate migrants’ stories (35:52) A London showcase - an arts and migrant hub
19 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
S08E11 Andrew Stephens and Simon Bennett on Delivering on Seafarers’ Rights
This Day of the Seafarer podcast brings together Andrew Stephens of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), and Simon Bennett of Swire Shipping to reflect on the ongoing maritime crew change crisis and wider human rights issues among the world’s 1.6 million seafarers. In conversation with IHRB's Francesca Fairbairn, they discuss the impact on seafarers of being unable to disembark ships, sometimes for many months beyond the end of their contract, due to national government-imposed COVID port restrictions.
18 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
S08E10 Emily Kenway on The Truth About Modern Slavery
Emily Kenway is an activist and author who was involved with the establishment of the office of the UK and slavery, Commissioner, where she was responsible for private sector engagement and has also worked for a number of organisations focused on Labor rights in both the UK and abroad. Find out more about the book
40 minutes | May 25, 2021
S08E09 Chrik Poortman and Maria da Graça Prado on Corruption in Infrastructure
Chrik Poortman has chaired the CoST Board since 2011. In addition to his role with CoST, he is Senior Adviser at Transparency International, where he was Director of Global Programmes for the International Secretariat until 2010. Prior to TI, Chrik worked for the World Bank in many regions. Maria da Graça Prado is CoST’s Senior Policy & Research Adviser. She is a legal professional whose experience has focused on construction and infrastructure, and has advised on contract management, compliance and dispute resolution.
16 minutes | May 18, 2021
S08E08 Felicitas Weber on Benchmarking Responsible Recruitment
Know the Chain is a resource for companies and investors that ranks the 180 largest global ICT, food, and apparel companies on their efforts to address forced labour in their supply chains.
17 minutes | May 10, 2021
S08E07 Francesca Mangano on Addressing the Crew Change Crisis
Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are still stranded at sea due to port restrictions. The global crew change crisis, one of the Top 10 Business and Human Rights Issues for 2021, is now well into its second year.About Francesca Mangano and TFG London Francesca Mangano is the CSR and Sustainability Executive at TFG London. As head of the CSR and Sustainability Department, and with over 15 years' experience in human rights, ethical trading and sustainability, she is leading the development of TFG London corporate social and environmental responsibility strategy aimed at guiding the business to work within its sphere of influence towards human rights, labour rights and environmental responsibility. TFG London is part of The Foschini Group Limited (TFG), a South African retail business. TFG entered the UK market in 2015 with the acquisition of Phase Eight, since then adding additional womenswear brands Whistles, Hobbs, Studio 8 and Damsel in a Dress to its portfolio. TFG London global supply chains are distributed across approximately 20 countries.
17 minutes | May 5, 2021
S08E06 James Cockayne on The Sustainable Development Case for Ending Modern Slavery
A new report Developing Freedom from the UN University suggests a new way of understanding and addressing slavery may be helpful. If slavery is a systemic issue deeply embedded in economic models which deny people any agency, how could improved development outcomes and the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals be used to understand the drivers and leverage better responses to prevent exploitation?About James Cockayne James Cockayne is Professor of Global Politics and Anti-Slavery at the University of Nottingham in the UK, and a Senior Fellow at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research. He currently chairs the US Council on Foreign Relations Study Group on Trafficking in Persons and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council for the New Agenda on Equity and Social Justice.
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