Business and Human Rights in the Media: Conversations for Change
17:00 – 18:30 (Bangkok time, GMT+7), 2 June 2021
Organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
For as long as businesses have existed, they have created both value for society and caused adverse impacts on people. Some of the first corporations in history, such as the British East India Company and the Dutch East India Company, could often operate with impunity. Nevertheless, even in this point at time, businesses have been subject to criticism. Indeed, it has been well recorded that in some instances, consumers in European countries boycotted colonial corporations for child and slave labour in their supply chains. More recently, from the 1970s to the present, globalization and modern forms of communication have enabled civil society actors, consumers and the general public to become aware of and criticize malpractices by businesses. While such scrutiny has been an important driver for responsible business discourse, much more can be done to raise awareness about the adverse impacts of businesses on people and planed among the consumers and the general public.
This session will focus broadly on the role of media and communications in driving responsible business discourse by highlighting positive and negative business-related impacts on people and planet. Panelists and participants will discuss the roles of traditional and modern media actors and professionals, with a specific focus on Asia-Pacific.
The key objectives of this session are to:
Discuss how the media can raise awareness among the general public on responsible business;
Outline advocacy tools to run campaigns, and the role of the media in supporting these;
Discuss the role of consumers and citizens to demand accountability from businesses and governments;
Question what needs to be done to make BHR a beat for the media houses.