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NO SEATS LEFT: Investing in Challenging Country Contexts – Human Rights in Focus Investor Sessions

21. januar @ 9:30 - 11:00

Format: Online. As the number of participants is capped at 30, we reserve the right to limit the number of participants per organization. If there is a great demand, the session will be held again at a later date.
Registration: Please register at

Through their investments, Danish investors are connected to numerous businesses with actual or potential negative human rights impacts. Both investors and investee companies have a responsibility to respect human rights as outlined in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
In April 2021, the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and Dansif organised a Human Rights in Investment training to maintain and extend the human rights capacity amongst Danish ESG professionals.
Building on that experience, a series of follow up Human Rights In Focus Investor Sessions will be organised in 2021-2022. These sessions will act as building blocks that take a closer look at specific human rights related challenges, themes or practices with an aim of developing concrete and actionable pathways for action.  The first two sessions are introduced below with the potential to add more sessions in 2022.


This session discusses the dilemmas associated with investing, including through sovereign bonds, in challenging country contexts such as conflict-affected areas and/or regions, countries targeted by international sanctions and countries/regions with serious and systematic human rights abuses such as forced labour. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights expect companies and investors to exercise heightened human rights due diligence in such contexts and be aware of the risk of potential complicity in serious human rights abuses. The session will equip participants with an overview of ‘challenging country context’ scenarios using current examples (e.g. Myanmar, Xinjiang, Palestine) and discuss some of the dilemmas, leverage and escalation options facing investors committed to meeting their human rights responsibility.
Facilitators: Signe Andreasen Lysgaard and Ioana Tuta, Danish Institute for Human Rights

Target audience
The sessions aim primarily at ESG Professionals and in particular those who joined the April 2021 Human Rights in Investment training or have already worked actively with human rights in an investment context. Where possible and relevant from a learning perspective DIHR, in coordination with Dansif, will seek the active engagement of select investors directly in sessions, to bring case examples and ‘real life dilemmas’ into play.




21. januar
9:30 - 11:00