Event Details

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre cordially invite you to a convening on “the Role of Business in the Protection of Fundamental Freedoms, Civic Space, and Human Rights Defenders Worldwide” on February 12 from 1-4 p.m. at the Washington, DC offices of DLA Piper.

Fundamental freedoms are under pressure around the world. As concerned governments, institutions, and individuals look for effective responses, they are finding that, in many cases, economic actors are well placed to use their influence and leverage to address these challenges. Various studies show these restrictions harm the economic environment and companies’ ability to conduct business in a responsible way. As a result, a number of recent initiatives have emerged to mobilize the power of business to respond to challenges to fundamental freedoms.

The Chatham House-rules convening will include a discussion of: case studies and action plans to address on-going challenges in three different sectors; new guidance for business on how they can respond to these challenges and help protect defenders; and how other actors including governments, multi-stakeholder initiatives, and investors can enhance protections of human rights defenders by business.

An agenda will be shared closer to the date. Spaces are limited so please RSVP by Friday, 2nd of February. We look forward to an interesting discussion!


  • Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of DRL, U.S. Department of State

  • Phil Bloomer, Executive Director of the BHR Resource Centre

Light refreshments will be provided. Thank you to DLA Piper for hosting the convening at its Washington, D.C. offices.

  • When: Mon Feb. 12
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Address: 500 8th St. NW,
    Washington, DC 20004 ,US

  • Web: Visit Website