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Business Talks about Human Rights

26 June в 09:30 - 13:30

The Bulgarian Foundation for Business and Human Rights is pleased to invite you to the first-ever event dedicated to the topic of business and human rights.

The event will take place on 26 June at 9.30 – 13.30 at The Steps (12 Bratya Miladinovi Street, Sofia) and is organised with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bulgaria as part of the project “Business and Human Rights: The Dutch Experience”.  

Join us for the first in a series of special events "Business Talks about Human Rights", dedicated to the intersection between business and human rights.

The main goal of the event is to raise awareness and expand the knowledge in Bulgaria on the intersection of business and human rights. Internationally recognised experts such as Ron Popper, Beata Faracik and Olena Uvarova will participate in the discussion to share their experiences. A special focus of the event will be the exchange of information and sharing of best practices on business and human rights from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The working languages of the event are English and Bulgarian.

Business and Human Rights

During the event: "Business Talks about Human Rights", you will have the opportunity to learn more about:

How does the subject of business and human rights apply in large international companies?

How are the EU policies changing and what impact will they have on Eastern Europe and Bulgaria in particular?

Could diversity and inclusion initiatives be an opportunity to improve understanding of the topic?

How is the topic of business and human rights applied in Bulgaria?

What is the experience in the Netherlands and how do companies in the Netherlands effectively implement business and human rights rules in their business activities?

The participation in the event is free, but registration is required

Please note that participation in the event is free, but registration is required. The seats are limited.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Olya Penevа at info@bfbhr.org.
The

Experts

Beata Faracik

Business and human rights expert, co-founder, and President of the board of the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business. A lawyer with over 20 years of substantive experience in academic and policy-oriented research, training, and consultancy services in the area of human rights and business, due diligence standards and CSR/RBC/ESG, and developing and delivering training on human rights due diligence, stakeholder engagement, human rights policies, etc. Regional advisor Central and Eastern Europe for the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI).

Беата Фарасик
Д-р Олена Уварова

Olena Uvarova

Dr. Olena Uvarova, Associate Professor, since 2018, leads the International Lab on Business and Human Rights at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Kharkiv, Ukraine). In June 2022, she joined Wageningen University (the Netherlands), Law Group, as a Researcher on business and human rights and Research Coordinator. Since March 2023, Olena has been an MSCA4UKRAINE Postdoc. For more than 8 years,  Olena has been focusing her work on business and human rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She is a guest Co-Editor of the Special Issue on BHR in Eastern Europe for the ‘Business and Human Rights Journal’. She is also a member of the Editorial board of the journal. Since May 2023, co-president of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association.

Ron Popper

Ron Popper has been working on the business and human rights agenda as a practitioner and advisor in multinational companies for nearly 20 years in different parts of the world. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights which groups more than 20 multinationals, and a member of several Boards, including the Institute for Human Rights and Business. For 10 years he was Head of Corporate Responsibility at the Swiss-based multinational ABB. He is a regular lecturer teaching business and human rights courses at institutes and universities in Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Poland, and the United Kingdom. In the first part of his working life, he was a newspaper and radio journalist in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Switzerland covering international politics and diplomacy.

Рон Попър
Оля Пенева

Olya Peneva

А business and human rights specialist who believes that placing people at the center is the key to solving global problems. She founded the Bulgarian Foundation for Business and Human Rights as the first expert organisation in Bulgaria. In her work, she aims to apply an interdisciplinary approach when addressing issues related to the impact of business on human rights. She completed her law degree at Monash University, Australia, and specialised in business and human rights as part of her master’s course at the EMA Global Campus in Venice, Italy.

Marina Stefanova

Vice-dean “Sustainable development, support and engagement”, Director of the Master‘s program “Responsible and Sustainable Governance“ and the Executive Director of ESG Lab and ESG Academy. Chairman of the Association of Sustainable Specialists and Executive Director of FEB Foundation. Founder and Director of the multimedia information-educational program “CSR AdviceBox“ of “Kauzi“ Foundation.

Марина Стефанова
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Presenters

2nd Panel

Ivana Tsvetkova

Ivana Tsvetkova is the SDG Programs Manager at the Bulgarian Network of the United Nations Global Compact. She is with expertise in international law, project management, human rights, social accountability and ethical business conduct. Ivana gained her BA in International Relations and Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK and graduated LLM International Law and international Relations at the University of Kent, Brussels, Belgium. In the last 10 years her professional experience was honed as Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for “Arla International” Middle East region, where she had responsibilities for the human rights impact assessment, due diligence process, compliance, supply chain sustainability and others.

Ивана Цветкова
Камелия Славейкова

3rd Panel

Kamelia Slaveykova

Kamelia Slaveykova is a Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shell Bulgaria. Her professional career is mostly linked to Shell. With her about 30 years tenure at Shell where she went through different positions including the role of a Country Chair of Shell Bulgaria in the period 2008 – 2021. An active participant in the local business community, Kamelia Slaveykova has been a member of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum since 2010. In December 2023 she was elected as a Vice Chair of the ESG Committee at KRIB. She was also a member of the Bulgarian office of the European Council on Foreign Relations in the period 2016 – 2022. She has received numerous awards such as “Woman of the Decade”; a special prize for 30 years leadership on the Bulgarian market at the official ceremony of “Mr. and Mrs. Economy” 2021. In the period 2016 – 2019, Forbes Woman ranked her as one of the 20 most influential business leaders in Bulgaria.

Business Talks about Human Rights

Program

26 June 2024 г., The Steps

9:30 - 10:00

Registration

10:00 - 10:10

Official Opening representatives from the Bulgarian Foundation for Business and Human Rights and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

10:10 - 10:30

Opening Keynote Speaker “Why respecting human rights is good for business?" Ron Popper, CEO of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

10:30 - 10:40

Q & A with Marina Stefanova, Ph.D., ESG Lab, Faculty of Business and Economics, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"

10:40 - 11:20

1st Panel The development of business and human rights: European and regional perspective

    Speakers:
  • Regional Perspective Eastern Europe and Central Asia:
    Beata Faracik, Co-founder and Director, Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Overview of the Netherlands Developments on Business and Human Rights:
    Olena Uvarova Ph.D., Research Coordinator in the Law Group, Wageningen University and Leader of the International Lab on Business and Human Rights, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University
Moderator: Olya Peneva, Director, Bulgarian Foundation for Business and Human Rights

11:20 - 11:50

Coffee break

11:50 - 12:00

Special topic Diversity and Inclusion in Bulgaria. An Opportunity to Advance the Business and Human Rights Agenda

12:00 - 12:30

2nd Panel The implementation of the business and human rights agenda in Bulgaria

    Speakers:
  • Representatives from the public sector and NGOs working in sustainability, ESG and responsible business conduct
Moderator: Marina Stefanova, Ph.D., ESG Lab, Faculty of Business and Economics, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"

12:35 - 13:15

3rd Panel Dutch companies sharing best practices

  • Discussion: Representatives from companies from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will present good practices.
Moderator: Marina Stefanova, Ph.D., ESG Lab, Faculty of Business and Economics, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"

13:15 - 13:30

Q & A with Marina Stefanova, Ph.D., ESG Lab, Faculty of Business and Economics, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"

13:30

Closing

Event Partners

With the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bulgaria
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26 June @ 09:30 - 13:30
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Organizer

BFBHR

Venue

The Steps
ул. Братя Миладинови 12
София, София 1000