Spotlight on Climate Change, Human Rights & Sustainable Development – The Role of Business

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 10:30 to 12:00


EU Pavilion
Parc des expositions du Bourget Place Charles Lindbergh
93350 Le Bourget
Le Bourget (Badge required)

This event is jointly organized by GRI, UNICEF, UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights, Gold Standard Foundation and CliMates. The event will discuss how businesses can address the critical and interconnected sustainability issues of human rights and climate change through transparency ultimately contributing to sustainable development. The panel discussions will draw on different perspectives and experience and will highlight best practice, main challenges and opportunities.



10.30 – 10.35 Welcome: Clement Bultheel; Program Director - Global Climate Politics, CliMates 

10.35 – 10.45 Keynote Speech: Richard Howitt, Member of the European Parliament

10.45 – 11.35 Panel Discussion 


  • Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre 


  • Sébastian Lyon, Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Office, Ikea Group 
  • Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Chief Executive, GRI
  • Dante Pesce, Member, UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights 
  • Marion Verles, CEO, Gold Standard Foundation

11.35 – 11.45 Q&A  

11.45 – 11.50 Wrap up by the moderator

11.50 – 12.00 Closing speech, Michael Meehan, Chief Executive, GRI