United Nations’ Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum

The annual United Nations Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum will this year be held online, June 9 – 12, 2020.


What: The Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum brings together representatives from government, business, workers organisations and the international community for wide-ranging discussions on maximising the positive contribution of business to human rights and developmental goals in Asia.

With the theme ‘New Challenges. New Approaches’, this year’s event will focus on the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis and discuss ways in which policies and practice can strengthen institutions and build a fairer, more resilient economy in Asia as the region recovers. To date, more than 3800 delegates have signed up for the forum.

The programme includes, among other subjects, discussions on implementing national action plans on business and human rights, international trade, mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on workers and their communities, tackling gender bias and women’s burden of care in recovery plans, and assessing policy responses for migrant workers. The Forum will also see businesses from around the region share their experiences in goal setting and driving action on climate change.

Hosts of the event include the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (UNWG), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The event is being financially supported by the EU and the Swedish government. A full agenda, including side events, and list of speakers can be found here.

Registration: Mandatory for all participants. Click below to register: https://www.rbhrforum.com

When: June 9 – 12, 2020 [Event begins at 10.00 am (Bangkok time, GMT+7)]

Where: Online

Webcast: Journalists are invited to register and view the event on our dedicated platform

Social Media: Follow the hashtags #RBHRF2020 and #WeEmpowerAsia for live updates on our Facebook and Twitter channels @unwomenasia

Note to Editors: Interviews by print, web or broadcast media can be scheduled via the communications representatives: ILO – Pete Forster f[ Click to reveal ]; UNICEF – Shima Islam [ Click to reveal ]; UN Women – Bovornpong Vathanathanakul [ Click to reveal ].  Media accreditation is not required for this event, but all media are requested to send notification of their intention to participate to the above.