Why Should Companies Care About Human Rights?

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Why Should Companies Care About Human Rights?

  • Why Should Companies Care About Human Rights? Speaking with Malaysian Lawyer Edmund Bon and Simon Lord from Sime Darby.
  • Date: Feb 22, 2019
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An increasing number of companies and governments worldwide are strengthening policies to protect human rights, following high-profile incidents such as slavery in the Thai seafood supply chain. But what is the landscape like in Malaysia? What are the key human rights risks Malaysian companies need to be aware of?

We speak to Edmund Bon, former Representative of Malaysia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and Head of Chambers (Civil) at AmerBon Associates, to learn about the legal risks associated with human rights, as well as Simon Lord, Chief Sustainability Officer of Sime Darby Plantation, to learn about their approach to managing these risks.

Issues discussed:

  1. What are some of the most common issues within human rights that Malaysian companies often encounter?
  2. Is respecting human rights purely a voluntary exercise, or can it actually be an issue of legal compliance? What are the legal risks associated with human rights?
  3. What is the status of Malaysia’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights? What progress has been made and what can we expect as the next steps?
  4. How did Sime Darby get started on its human rights journey? What was the most crucial component of its journey?
  5. What key human rights issues does Sime Darby focus on?
  6. What is Sime Darby’s approach to remediation?
  7. What tips can you offer Malaysian companies on human rights?
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