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Human Rights in Investments – Online Workshop in Three Parts

12. april @ 10:00 - 16. april @ 12:00

Through their investments, Danish investors are connected to several businesses and business activities with actual or potential negative human rights impacts. The aim of these online sessions is to support Danish investors in being aware of and able to act on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. The course aims to capacitate individual ESG professionals on business and human rights.

The Danish Institute for Human Rights will present and facilitate the sessions.

Investors will be better able to understand and apply existing standards, tools and resources on business and human rights in their investments.

The training is aimed at ESG Professionals and in particular those who have already worked with the agenda in an investment context but would like to brush up on human rights substance and process standards and to be better able to operationalise them in their day-to-day work.

The number of participants is capped at 30. The three sessions are connected as one evolving trainings and hence participants are expected to join all three sessions. The sessions will be held on 12, 14 and 16 April from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon.

Free of charge for members of Dansif.

Please register at


SESSION 1 – HUMAN RIGHTS IN INVESTMENT (12 April at 10.00-12.00 hrs)

10.00-10.15: Welcome and tour de table
– Agenda outline and expectations for the day

10.15-11.00: Introduction to business and human rights in an investment context
– Introduction to the role and responsibility of investors vis-à-vis human rights. Key concepts: adverse impacts, impact involvement framework, severity and leverage
– Scope of expectations and responsibilities: Outline of standards and expected conduct (UNGPs, IFC, OECD, UNGC, etc.).

11.00-11.45: Emerging practices and implementation pathways
– From principles and standards to practice: introduction to ways of aligning practices with business and human rights standards at the institutional as well as the investment levels
– Examples of available guidance, tools and emerging practice

11.45-12.00: Round off and a look to the next sessions



10.00-10.15: Welcome and recap

10.15-10.30: Introduction to case study
– The case study will be designed by DIHR in a fictitious format but mirror actual realities of companies and projects/activities members typically invest in.

10.30-11.30: Case study exercise 1: Identifying impacts and stakeholders
– Introduction to human rights impacts and potentially affected stakeholder identification
– Group work in break out rooms: 1) What human rights are at risk? 2) How to assess severity? 3) Who is the rights-holder and who is the duty-bearer?

11.30-12.00: Report back and reflections in plenary


SESSION 3 – ACTING ON HUMAN RIGHTS (16 April at 10.00-12.00 hrs)

10.00-10.30: Welcome and recap

10.30-11.30: Case study exercise 2: Identifying involvement in impacts and leverage
– Introduction to involvement in impacts, corresponding responsibilities and leverage options
– Group work in break out rooms: 1) Mapping the involvement of various actors in an impact scenario: Cause, contribute and linked to? 2) What is the responsibility of different stakeholders and what does the concept of leverage mean in ‘a directly linked to’ scenario? 3) Reflection on using and building leverage across different asset classes.

11.30-12.00: Report back and reflections in plenary


12. april @ 10:00
16. april @ 12:00
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