A NEW EU BUSINESS MODEL?
Responsible and sustainable value chains are moving up the EU policy agenda. With its Green Deal adopted in 2019 the EU aims at a more sustainable growth model and in early 2021 the EU put forward a more assertive international trade policy. Where does the mHRDD Directive fit in this flurry of EU regulations and policies? Is the EU likely to succeed in its attempt to connect trade and values? What are businesses doing or could do to support the EU? Is the EU approach to regulating supply chains and trade overly ambitious, misguided or problematic in other ways?
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Morten Kjærum, moderator, is Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund, Sweden and Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. He was the first director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, and Executive Director at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.
He was member of the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination from 2002-08. He is Chair of The Board of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and Chairs the Board of Trustees for the UN Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the field of Human Rights appointed by the UN Secretary General. He has consistently written on human rights issues.
Radu Mares is senior researcher at Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights. He has Doctor of Law (2006) and Associate Professor (Reader/Docent) (2012) degrees from the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden. He is specialised in the area of business and human rights, with a focus on multinational enterprises and global supply chains. His work combines transnational law, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility perspectives.
Axel Marx is Deputy Director Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven. His research interests include voluntary sustainability standards, sustainable development, business and human rights, global governance, EU trade policy and comparative case methods. He has conducted research projects for the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, UN agencies, the OECD, the Belgian, Dutch and German Governments and private organizations. He has published extensively on trade, business and labour rights.
Malin Oud is Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s Stockholm Office, and also heads the Institute’s China Programme as well as its thematic work on Economic Globalisation and Human Rights. Malin has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of human rights and sustainable development, and has worked as a programme manager and advisor with international organisations, government agencies, multinational corporations, as well as non-governmental organisations.
Åsa Beckius currently holds the position as Senior policy Advisor on the private sector at Diakonia, working to promote transparency, accountability and empowerment of human rights in relation to business. She holds a BSc in Business administration and Human Rights from Stockholm University and Enskilda Högskolan, and studies at the Master program at Uppsala University. Åsa have more than 20 years of experience working on Business and Human Rights, within private sector and civil society. She’s been on the board of Amnesty Business group Sweden and Swedwatch, and is a recurring guest lecturer at universities.