In this ongoing series, activists, business executives, government officials, lawyers, academics, and other experts from around the world share topical and current stories of businesses impacting people in their everyday lives. Developed by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), this series elevates the range of voices – governments, businesses, and civil society – in the discussion on how to make human rights part of everyday business.
Bibek Dhakal on Supporting Migrant Workers in the Gulf
The economy of Nepal is heavily dependent on remittances from Nepalese migrant workers working around the world. Many Nepalese choose to work in the Gulf employed in a variety of sectors from construction to hospitality.
In this episode of Voices IHRB’s Head of Migrant Workers Programme Neill Wilkins talks to Bibek Dhakal a Nepalese migrant worker employed in the hospitality industry in UAE. Bibek is a leading member of the Nepalese migrant worker support network Shramik Sanjal and has been involved in supporting migrant workers from all countries working in the region.
Deep Dive: Miranda Sissons on Facebook's New Human Rights Policy
In March 2021, social media giant Facebook released its first human rights policy. In this wide-ranging interview, IHRB's Salil Tripathi interviews Facebook's first Director of Human Rights, Miranda Sissons, about why the company has developed the new policy, what it means, and how it will be implemented
Rosey Hurst on Repaying Recruitment Fees
In this episode of Voices, IHRB’s Head of Migrant Workers programme Neill Wilkins speaks with Rosey Hurst, Chief Executive of Impactt, about the need to increase focus and action on the repayment of migrant workers' recruitment fees.
Hurst highlights the work Impactt has done on 206 specific cases, which have informed the repayment of over a hundred million US dollars to 75,000 workers - a drop in the ocean of the overall amount of recruitment fees charged, and never reimbursed, to migrant workers.
Kate Pike on the Mental Health of Stranded Seafarers
Hundreds of thousands of sea farers have been stranded at sea since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020.
In this episode of Voices, maritime expert Kate Pike speaks with IHRB's Francesca Fairbairn about urgent efforts to address mental health of seafarers still trapped at sea. Over 500 organisations have now signed the Neptune Declaration, calling for key worker status and priority vaccination for seafarers, collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes, and air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers, but it remains to be seen whether this will finally bring this crisis to an end.
Mairead Lavery on Export Finance and Just Transitions
In this episode of Voices, Mairead Lavery, CEO and President of Export Development Canada, talks about the role of overseas credit, insurance, and guarantees in the transition to a net-zero economy.
In discussion with IHRB’s CEO John Morrison, Lavery discusses the importance of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) to inform investment, credit, and insurance decisions throughout the finance sector. The challenge being to align human rights considerations with net-zero ambitions in order to enable energy transitions that benefit the workers and communities most affected.
Lavery and Morrison also look ahead to the upcoming UN Climate Conference in Glasgow (COP26) in November 2021, and what role they forsee for ESG approaches in the deliberations.
Deep Dive: Halina Ward on Just Transitions
Climate action needs to happen fast. But it also needs to be participatory and fair. This is where the growing agenda around a ‘just’ transition to a zero-carbon future comes in.
In this episode of Voices, IHRB CEO John Morrison speaks with Halina Ward, author of IHRB's latest report, about the ways that business and human rights good practice can strengthen implementation of just transitions.