Conference “Business and Human Rights”

General information

Event date:
22/10/2019 @ 17:00 - 20:00
Event location:
Chambre de Commerce - 7, rue Alcide de Gasperi L-2981 Luxembourg
UEL / INDR / Ministère de l’Economie
Organizer website:

The conference is part of the concrete actions set by the first National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights 2018-2019, initiated by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and to which UEL and INDR have actively contributed. It follows a first conferences held by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs on 7 June 2019.

The conference will present the international and national contexts of the issue, as well as host a panel of economic actors. These will debate on the respect of human rights within companies, the implementation of a due diligence policy and the problems encountered, he means put into place, the remedies in case of incidents, the access to grievance and remedy mechanisms, the companies’ commitment to meeting their responsibilities etc. Best practices will help companies who are less aware of the issue.


  • 4.30 pm: Welcome
  • 5.00 pm: Welcome Address
    • Nicolas Buck, Chairman of UEL and INDR
  • 5.10 pm: Keynote Address – The International Context
    • Dr Başak Bağlayan,
  • 5.40 pm: The National Context
    • Marc Bichler, Ambassador-at-Large for Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign
      and European Affairs
  • 5.55 pm: Address
    • Tom Theves, First government counsellor, Chief of Staff to Minister Etienne Schneider, Ministry of Economy
  • 6.15 pm: Panel « Human Rights at the Heart of Business »              
    • Participants :
      • Laetitia Hamon, Senior manager KPMG, certified INDR expert
      • Claude Lanners, Head of Group Strategic Purchasing, CERATIZIT Luxembourg
      • Hakan Lucius, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society Division, European Investment Bank
      • Jean-François Orban, CEO, Maâ-oui!
      • Christian Schuller, National Contact Point for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, Ministry of Economy
      • Michel Wurth, Chairman of the Board, ArcelorMittal Luxembourg
    • Moderation :
      • Norman Fisch, Secretary general of INDR

Some honorary guests from the public sector and civil society will have the floor to present their role and position in business and human rights.

  • 7.15 pm: Questions & Answers
  • 7.25 pm: Closing Word
    • Jean-Paul Olinger, Director of UEL and INDR
  • 7.30 pm: Reception
  • 8.00 pm: End of programme

Practical information

Working languages will be English and French. Simultneous translation will be provided in both languages.
Participation is free of charge but registration is compulsory via the dedicated website.

Contact :



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