Calendar of Events - November, 2019

A Forum on Corporate Responsibility of Businesses: Prevention of Labour Exploitation

02.05.2019

Representatives of the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Member States are cordially invited to participate at a Forum on Corporate Responsibility of Businesses: Prevention of Labour Exploitation which will focus on awareness raising of the employers by focusing on trafficking in human beings in a forced labour perspective and discussing exploitation of labour workers, and difference between unsatisfactory working conditions and being a victim of human trafficking by introducing concrete cases from the Nordic and Baltic countries and North-West Russia as well as from other Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The Forum will take place at the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia in Riga on 6 – 7 June 2019.

The aim of the Forum is to:

- encourage companies and businesses to integrate respect of human rights and corporate responsibility, to develop policies and appropriate processes in the companies in order to fulfil the responsibility for good working conditions according to national laws and international conventions.

- discuss prevention of labour exploitation as an indicator of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and how employers (industry), trade unions and authorities (labour inspection) can be supported to cooperate already during the recruitment processes to guarantee working conditions in line with the legislation.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will contribute to the Forum by organizing a panel on how public procurement practices could be leveraged to combat trafficking in human beings in supply chains. Governments should ensure that goods purchased and services contracted by state institutions are not being made through exploitation of people. The panel will discuss why it is important to use public procurement to prevent human trafficking, existing policies and practices adopted by countries in the OSCE area in this space, efforts by international actors to harmonize policies across different jurisdictions and how governments should cooperate with the private sector to combat human trafficking in supply chains.

A Programme of the Riga Forum is availbale: Riga Forum Agenda

National experts (governmental anti-trafficking coordinators, National Rapporteurs, public procurement specialists, judges, prosecutors, police officers, labour inspectors) and businesses from the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), North-West Russia, Germany and Poland are considered as a target group of the Forum.

Travel and accommodation expenses of representatives of the Nordic and Baltic countries and North-West Russia will be covered by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia. Please register your participation sending an e-mail to Ms Daina Mežecka, Advisor of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia daina@norden.lv. Transfers from the hotel to/from the event will be arranged.

The Ministry of the Interior of Latvia will provide coffee breaks and lunches.

We are looking forward to your participation!

For more information, please contact:

Ms Lāsma Stabiņa, National Anti-Trafficking Coordinator of the Republic of Latvia, +37167829674, +37129382033; lasma.stabina@iem.gov.lv.