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Engagement and Remedy Forum 2023​
for Responsible Business Conduct

-A Way Forward-


Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 14:00-17:30 (JST)
Place: Zoom Online

Language: Simultaneous Translation Provided

Registration: Please register from here
Co-hosts: Japan Center for Engagement and Remedy on Business and Human Rights (JaCER), Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ), Business and Human Rights Lawyers Network Japan (BHR Lawyers), Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

“Access to Remedy” is one of the main pillars of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and yet, it has been most neglected. This Forum was first launched in February 2020 with the aim of pushing this pillar to the fore. The special feature of the Forum has been the establishment of a new grievance mechanism, inspired by the Engagement & Remedy Guidelines. The Forum has been acting as a venue to deliver a progress of this new mechanism, among others, such as discussing and learning the latest developments on business and human rights – in particular, access to remedy, within and outside of Japan. Thanks to all relevant stakeholders which contributed to this important project, a launch of “Japan Center for Engagement and Remedy on Business and Human Rights(JaCER)”, a non-judicial platform to support and promote redress of grievances by member companies, was finally announced at the last year’s Forum, and began its work in October 2022.

The theme of this year’s Forum is “A Way Forward”. The establishment of JaCER was commemorative, but it is not the end of the story - it is the beginning instead. As one panelist puts it last year, “JaCER is still a baby”. It should learn a great deal to become a truly effective mechanism. It should also be seen in a larger context. JaCER is not alone in this undertaking. Japanese Governments has been providing the National Action Plan and Guidelines. UN, EU, ILO, OECD, and other international organizations has also been very active. Civil organizations, and business enterprises are all struggling to move the agenda forward, and collaboration among different stakeholders is a prerequisite. 

In this Forum, key actors and experts both inside and outside Japan will address how to move forward "Access to Remedy" agenda. We hope that many of you will join us for this Forum.

Tentative Program

Opening Remarks

-    Mr. Keiichi UJIIE, Deputy Director-General, GCNJ

Keynote Speeches

-    Mr. Gen NAKATANI, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for international human rights issues
-    Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), tbc.
-    Mr. Sakon KURAMOTO, Representative Director, JaCER
-    Mr. Nicholas Hachez, Head of Access to Remedy, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct (video message)

1st Session:  “HRDD Guidelines and Access to Remedy – Progress and Challenges in Japan” (15:00JST-)
Moderator: Mr. Daisuke TAKAHASHI, Representative Director, JaCER and Mr. Keiichi UJIIE, Deputy Director-General, GCNJ


-    Toshio SHIKATA, Advisor, JaCER / Former Senior Manager, Fuji Oil Holdings Group Inc.
-    Prof. Emi SUGAWARA, Professor, Osaka University of Economics and Law
-    Mr. Hideki WAKABAYASHI, Chair, Civil Society Platform on Business and Human Rights
-    Mr. Ryusuke TANAKA, Program Officer, ILO Office for Japan


2nd Session: “The Current Landscape and Future Challenges on Responsible Business and Grievance Mechanisms – Views from Experts Overseas” (16:15JST-)
Moderator: Dr. Akihiro Ueda, Program Officer, SPF


-    Professor Aishah BIDIN, the Malaysian Representative to the AICHR

-    Dr. Sriprapha PETCHARAMESREE, Senior Researcher, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
-    Ms. Elise GROULX, Convenor of the Advisory Board of the Business and Human Rights Project, American Bar Association (ABA) 
-    Mr. Shankar VENKATESWARAN, Chairperson, Oxfam India and CSR Trust for SDGs in India
-    Mr. Hidemi TOMITA, Representative Director, JaCER
-    Ms. Akiko SATO, Liaison Officer, UNDP


Closing Remarks 

-    Mr. Itsu ADACHI, Executive Director, SPF


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