Ethics Talk Live: Human rights in practice

JANUARY 31 · Virtual from HELSINKI

 15-16 EEST

In Janyary’s Ethics Talk Live we will continue the discussion around human rights. We will have the experts from the field to share experiences and lessons learned on how to really work with human rights issues.

How to desing a human rights compliance program? How to make sure that our human rights program has a real impact? How to make sure we don’t become part of the problem?

What is the role of regulation? Is putting more responsibility on companies the right way forward to improve human rights? How can companies collaborate with human rights issues? Is delegating the responsibility to audit service providers the right way forward?

Join us to discuss the above and many more practical questions to learn how your organization can make an impact on human rights. We will throw some dilemma case studies for our guests and ask them to provide us some practical solutions.

AGENDA

14:45    Registration to the virtual seminar

15:00    Welcome from the moderators – Anna Romberg & Niina Ratsula, NBE Founders

A few words to dive into the topic and introducing the Ethics Talk LIVE partners and guests

15:10   Discussion – Human rights

The moderators will also take in questions from the audience, which can be presented during the Ethics Talk via chat.

15:45   Q&A with the audience

16:00   Closing

Time zone is on EET (Helsinki)


PARUL SHARMA, CEO
ACADEMY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN BUSINESS

Parul has many years’ experience in the area of sustainability, human rights  and anti-corruption in high risk markets. Parul is the CEO at the Academy for Human Rights in Business since 2013, which has provided training  and advise on sustainable development related issues to more than 550 companies mainly multinational corporations around the world. She has also worked at the EU Commission DG Aid, Human Rights Law Network, Amnesty Business Group Sweden, Sandvik AB, Stora Enso and as Counsel and Head of CSR Compliance at Swedish Law Firm Vinge. Parul was appointed the Chairperson of the Ethical Council for the Swedish Construction Sector in January 2018. Between 2016 and January 2018, Parul chaired the Swedish governmental Agenda 2030 Delegation. Today she is the Chairperson of Amnesty International Sweden.

She is one of the most influential sustainability experts in Sweden, and is regularly interviewed by media and news channels. In 2017 she was ranked the second most influential sustainability leaders, right after the Minister of Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs. In 2018 she topped the ranking as most influential opinion leader in Sweden. Parul Sharma has written numerous articles and books on topics of sustainable development and human rights. Her most recent book on Agenda 2030 was published by Sanoma publishers in 2021. 

Annika Ramsköld, VP Corporate sustainability at vattenfall

Annika, Vice President of Vattenfall’s Corporate Sustainability department since January 1st 2014. Main task for unit is to coordinate the strategy work related to sustainability within the company on all levels and throughout the valuechain. This includes target setting, monitoring progress, consolidated sustainability reporting and running stakeholder dialogue,

Annika Ramsköld has worked in Vattenfall  for 30 years with a wide range of assignments from R&D and business development to sales, trading, marketing and strategy. Her more recent positions are as VP Market Strategy and Business Development, VP CEO Office. As VP Market Strategy and Business Development, she initiated and ran two major business development programs; e-mobility and sustainable cities

Annika has a Master of Science degree from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.  She is chairman of the Joint Venture “Volvo-Vattenfall Plug-in-hybrid company” and Gasnätet Stockholm, and a board member of CSR Sweden and Klimatum.

greg priest, head of human rights and social impact at inter ikea group

Greg has over 20 years experience working the development and execution of business sustainability and human rights, with both a consumer facing and supply chain focus.  He has been a key figure in the development of the IKEA sustainability strategy, “People and Planet Positive”.

In his current role he oversees the development of strategy and initiatives to support human rights integration into business practices while also supporting advocacy to influence positive change through legislation, regulation, standard setting and industry influence. 

Ongoing priorities are a group wide human rights baseline assessment, a responsible wage practices framework and an equality approach. He is also responsible for Inter IKEA’s external stakeholder engagement on human rights.

ANNA ROMBERG & NIINA RATSULA, THE FOUNDERS OF NBE WILL MODERATE THE EVENT
SAlla tuominen, Partner at DLA piper

Salla advises clients on capital markets, public takeovers and other domestic and cross-border M&A transactions involving both public and private corporations. She is also experienced in advising on and negotiating venture capital and private equity transactions. Salla actively participates in the startup ecosystem and advises both startups and investors. She also has experience of a wide variety of banking and finance work and financial regulatory issues. Salla has in-depth knowledge of corporate governance and compliance. Salla represents DLA Piper Nordic offices in the firm’s Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance steering group. She is also Iris representative of the firm’s Helsinki office. 

Salla acts as the corporate secretary in marketing service provider and marketing automation company Avidly Plc, operating in the Nordic countries and listed on Nasdaq First North marketplace operated by Nasdaq Helsinki.

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