Businesses, governments and civil society descended on Geneva last week for the2014 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, the largest global gathering in the business and human rights field. There were lofty statements of high ambition but the pervasive tone and success of the Forum was more prosaic: nitty-gritty implementation.
As we celebrate Human Rights Day and 64 years since the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, I believe that now is an ideal moment to reflect upon both the achievements of the past and the future path of human rights.
Boris Johnson, Cherie Blair QC, Lionel Barber, Trevor Manuel and Aung San Suu Kyi to speak at the Global Law Summit.
The Global Law Summit (“GLS”), the world-class international legal and business event being held in London, 23 – 25 February 2015, has announced today that Boris Johnson, current Mayor of London; Cherie Blair QC, Founder and Chair of Omnia Strategy LLP;Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times; and Trevor Manuel, senior adviser to the Rothschild Group worldwide and former Cabinet Minister for South Africa from 1994 to 2014, will all be taking part in the programme.
Cherie Blair makes arbitration a focus
Cherie Blair QC is to leave Matrix Chambers, the London barristers’ set she co-founded 14 years ago, to focus on international legal and advisory work and to sit as an international arbitrator.
Blair – the wife of former UK prime minister Tony Blair – will conduct her work through Omnia Strategy, “a pioneering multi disciplinary law firm” that she founded in 2011, with offices in London and Washington, DC.
Cherie Blair leaves human rights’ barristers’ practice
Cherie Blair, wife of former UK premier Tony Blair, has stepped down from the human rights
barristers’ practice she co-founded to focus on her consultancy – advising governments,
multinationals and private clients.
Cherie Blair QC leaves Matrix Chambers
Blair has left the chambers in order to take up a full-time role at Omnia, which she currently chairs. The move comes months after Omnia launched an office in Washington DC.
Omnia was founded by Blair in 2011 and now has offices in London and Washington as well as having Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) approval for its alternative business structure licence last year.
How can companies operating in Africa contribute to long term social and economic returns for its people?
Four African leaders are meeting in London today with a very clear common agenda: promoting Africa as a land of opportunity and investment potential for international corporations and investors. As a barrister and an adviser to businesses on the implementation of Good Global Corporate Citizenship, I believe this gathering needs to be viewed as far more than just a commercial forum for investors to diversify their portfolios but also as a unique opportunity to foster long term value-adding partnerships on the continent.
How better business practices can drive both market and social returns
Integrating human rights and sustainability principles into business strategies goes beyond reputation management. A stimulating discussion on how investors can encourage companies to adopt better business practices in order to mitigate risks, become global corporate citizens and increase profitability.
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