Conference Business ethics, due diligence in the value chain. Implementation,

Soft regulation, Compatibility and consistency with International rules.


by Michael H. Posner.


Wednesday 16 November 2016 at 17:45

 at Forum Genève, Credit Suisse, 11-19 rue de Lausanne, 1201 Geneva.

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Investors, consumers, governments, and the media all are looking for ways to assess and differentiate companies on the basis of their performance on a wide range of sustainability factors, including human rights. In the last decade, a number of initiatives have emerged to address this need by collecting and reporting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data.   A growing number of investment firms now have staff dedicated to ESG evaluation and are making greater commitments to sustainable investing. Among ESG factors, the “social” aspect remains the least well defined. And within social, human rights is perhaps the most difficult to evaluate, especially when it comes to measuring outcomes.     Most efforts to evaluate the human rights aspect of “social” in ESG focus on companies’ policies and commitments on human rights. Some initiatives also seek to take into account reports of human rights violations committed by a company in their assessments.   Many people now recognize that there is a need for a next level of evaluation that focuses on the human rights outcomes of companies’ business practices.


2pm-7:30pm including a cocktail reception

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Swiss Research Institute on Commodities

The Swiss Research Institute on Commodities Foundation (SRIC) aims at providing a solid basis for decision-making both in the public and in the private sector through the promotion of research in the area of commodity trading, trade finance and shipping. The SRIC also focuses on disseminating knowledge and at providing a platform for discussion.

The genesis of the SRIC Foundation was the establishment of a ‘centre of excellence in commodities’ at the University of Geneva in 2007 to provide knowledge and skills to young professionals in the area of commodity trading and serve as a forum for discussion between key actors. The main knowledge providers were initially professionals and local authorities in the field of commodities but this was progressively broadened to facilitate input from International Organizations and civil society.

This process was formalised on September 22, 2015 with the launch of the Swiss Research Institute on Commodities by its founding members, the University of Geneva, the Geneva Canton (Department of Security and Economy), the Swiss Confederation (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs), the International Trade Centre, Swisscontact, the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association and the Swiss Coffee Trade Association.

The Swiss Research Institute on Commodities is currently hosted by the University of Geneva.