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Tuesday, November 29 • 10:00am - 11:20am
The importance of rights holder perspectives in the design of remedial mechanisms

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Interpretation provided in English, French and Spanish

Session organized by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Brief description of the session
This session will focus on the importance of meaningful engagement with rights holders in the development and operation of non-judicial remedial systems. Taking the Fair Food Program (FFP) as a case study, the session will explore the role of rights holders in the development of the FFP, the FFP’s model for addressing accountability and remedy, how the model has influenced developments in other sectors and countries, and how rights holders have been instrumental in this expansion. Panelists will discuss the benefits of this approach for rights holders and companies, as well as how to replicate this approach in other contexts.

Key objectives of the session
  • Enhance rights holders´ ability to engage in the design and development of remedial mechanisms.
  • Share good practices regarding the design of non-State-based grievance mechanisms.
  • Explore the benefits of worker-driven grievance mechanisms, including for companies.
  • Discuss how worker-driven models have been and can be adopted in different sectors and contexts.

Background to the discussion
Since 2014, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has led the Accountability and Remedy Project (ARP) to strengthen implementation of the "Access to Remedy" pillar of the UNGPs. Through its work on non-State-based grievance mechanisms (ARP III), OHCHR found that such remedial systems tend to be most effective when those who will ultimately be using those systems have been meaningfully involved in the development of them. Thus, OHCHR has recommended that those developing and operating such mechanisms should give much greater emphasis to the needs, expectations and perspectives of the people for whose use these mechanisms are intended. Further, OHCHR has called for business enterprises to engage proactively with those seeking to develop and implement worker-driven grievance mechanisms.
Of the worker-driven models currently in existence, the Fair Food Program is one of the most long-standing, and is also widely regarded as being one of the most advanced. That program was built upon farmworker community organizing led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who pioneered a worker-led, market-enforced approach to the protection of human rights in corporate supply chains. Over the past several years, this so-called Worker-driven Social Responsibility paradigm has begun being replicated in other countries and contexts. This session will examine the drivers behind the success of the FFP and the latest global developments in their remedial model.

Additional background documents

avatar for Fernanda Hopenhaym

Fernanda Hopenhaym

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Fernanda Hopenhaym is Co-Executive Director at Project on Organizing, Development, Education and Research (PODER), an organization in Latin America dedicated to corporate accountability. For twenty years, Ms. Hopenhaym has worked on economic, social and gender justice. Since 2006... Read More →

avatar for Graham Givens

Graham Givens

Sr. Sustainability Manager, Foodbuy USA
Graham Givens holds the position of Senior Sustainability Manager at Foodbuy USA. He is responsible for verifying whether suppliers meet customer sustainability criteria, managing sustainability reporting and compliance, and project managing customer sustainability request and goal... Read More →
avatar for Greg Asbed

Greg Asbed

Cofounder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Greg Asbed, a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, is a co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and a principal architect of the Fair Food Program and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model, a breakthrough approach to verifiable corporate accountability recognized by observers... Read More →
avatar for Lucas Benitez

Lucas Benitez

Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Lucas Benitez is an organizational leader and member of the Fair Food Program worker education team at Coalition of Immokalee Workers. He played a critical role in the investigation of several slavery cases, and works with consumer allies to organize national campaigns. Lucas is “one... Read More →
avatar for Angelini, Antonella

Angelini, Antonella

Postdoctoral fellow
Antonella Angelini is a Senior (postdoc) Research Fellow at the Institute for Business Ethics, St. Gallen University. She conducts a project on labour agency and worker-driven regulatory initiatives in global supply chains. Before joining the Institute, she was a visiting postdoctoral... Read More →

Tuesday November 29, 2022 10:00am - 11:20am CET
Room XX