October 24 at the D.C. office of the Human Rights Campaign. Please register here before October 18 as space is limited.

The Global Network Initiative invites you to join our 2019 Learning Forum at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Center in Washington DC for a half-day discussion on human rights due diligence in the technology sector. Experts from industry, human rights organizations, investment firms, and academia will discuss how proactive due diligence enables ICT companies to identify and address the risks to freedom of expression and privacy that emerge from their services, products, and business operations.

Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, companies are expected to conduct such human rights due diligence, and the GNI Principles and Implementation Guidelines offer specific guidance for companies in the ICT sector. The practice is gaining traction across the wider ICT sector, but there is a need for reflection and guidance on how companies can engage in these processes, with channels for insight from other stakeholders. This event will bring together practitioners and experts to reflect on lessons learned from the first decade of digital rights due diligence and to offer thoughts on the road ahead.


9:30-10:00 Registration

10:00–10:15 Welcome

  • Mark Stephens CBE, Partner, Howard Kennedy, GNI Independent Chair

10:15–11:30 A Ten-Year Retrospective: How Have ICT Companies Engaged in Human Rights Due Diligence and What Role Have Other Stakeholders Played?

  • Carolina Botero, Fundación Karisma
  • Nicole Karlebach, Verizon Media
  • Laura Okkonen, Vodafone Group
  • Michael Samway, Georgetown University
  • Moderated by Bennett Freeman, GNI Board Secretary

11:30–11:45 Coffee Break

11:45–1:00 Looking Ahead: In the Face of Emerging Technologies and Increasing Government Pressures, Where Does the Industry Go from Here?

  • Chinmayi Arun, Yale Law School
  • Dunstan Allison-Hope, BSR
  • Théo Jaekel, Ericsson
  • Nathalie Maréchal, Ranking Digital Rights
  • Gbenga Sesan, Paradigm Initiative
  • Moderated by David Sullivan, GNI

1:00–1:15 Concluding Remarks

  • Jason Pielemeier, GNI

1:15–2:00 Networking Lunch

About the GNI Annual Public Learning Forum

Since 2012, GNI has held an annual public learning forum to debate contemporary issues for freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector. The forum brings experts and interested observers together to engage with the collective intellectual and practical experience of GNI’s diverse membership, offering a window into GNI’s shared learning program.