The Democratic Republic of Congo has vast natural resource wealth. But too often, the extraction of these resources fuels conflict, dispossession, forced and child labor, and harmful pollution. How can companies working there avoid human rights abuses and help ensure that the benefits of the country’s natural resources extend to all?
Hosted by the Ford Foundation, on Friday, October 31, the fifth annual event in the Business & Human Rights Resource Center’s Mary Robinson Speaker Series will explore how business affects the lives of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo and consider how civil society, business, and governments can work together to advance human rights.
After an introduction by former president of Ireland and UN high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson, Emmanuel Umpula Nkumba, executive director of African Resources Watch (AFREWATCH) in the Democratic Republic of Congo will deliver keynote remarks.
Following his remarks, he and Robinson will take part in a panel discussion and Q&A, joined by Patrick Alley, co-founder and director of Global Witness; Aliou Diouf, francophone Africa researcher and representative with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre; Holly Dranginis, policy analyst with Enough Project; Elizabeth Keefe, economic development officer in the US State Department’s Africa bureau; and Michael Loch, director of supply chain corporate responsibility at Motorola Solutions.
A grantee of our Strengthening Human Rights Worldwide initiative, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has become the main global source of information on business and human rights, enabling it to help shape and move forward this important new field of human rights work. The Resource Centre draws attention to the human rights impact of more than 5,000 companies worldwide, with a focus on transparency and accountability. And it supports local NGOs and community groups by giving prominence to their concerns and seeking responses from companies, playing an important bridge-builder role and often fostering real improvements on the ground.