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Thursday, September 10 • 11:30 - 12:45
SMEs and Human Rights in the build back better endeavor

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Session organized by the International Organization of Employers (IOE)  

Brief description

Session description:
SMEs are the backbone of basically all economies around the world. According to the World Bank estimations, they represent about 90% of businesses and more than 50% of employment worldwide. In emerging markets, most formal jobs are generated by SMEs, which create 7 out of 10 jobs. They contribute to economic growth, spur innovation and economic diversification, and provide livelihoods. Moreover, SMEs are also part of Global Supply Chains as buyers and as suppliers.
SMEs have a crucial role to build back better in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Latin American region, as the most affected region by restrictions on workers and workplaces closures, needs jobs and to overcome health, social and economic inclusion needs. In order to better understand the challenges, concerns and opportunities with regards to realizing responsible business conduct in difficult times, this session aims to identify innovative approaches to support SMEs in their efforts to contribute to build back better along with a reinvigorated effort to translate UNGP’s into meaningful business responses to strengthen frameworks and to better include them in the relevant debates at national and international level.
The session is not a once off event but is part of a larger IOE SME engagement. The IOE and its 150 members independent business organizations worldwide, representing more than 50 million companies, will follow-up, together with other stakeholders and business partners, the outcomes of this session and will directly contribute to their implementation. The outcomes of this session will be also integrated into the IOE`s project on strengthening the UN Resident Coordinators engagement with the private sector as well as the IOE`s engagement within the G20 and G7.

Moderators
avatar for Matthias Thorns

Matthias Thorns

Deputy Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
As Deputy Secretary-General, Matthias Thorns has a part in the overall responsibility for the management of the IOE Secretariat in its work to support the global business community in its representation vis-a-vis the UN institutions, as well as G20, G7 and other international initiatives... Read More →

Speakers
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Dante Pesce

Founder and Executive Director, Vincular Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
Mr. Dante Pesce was a member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights 2015-2021.Mr. Pesce holds a Masters in Political Science from the Catholic University of Chile and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. He is the Founder and Executive Director... Read More →
avatar for Pablo Dragún

Pablo Dragún

Director CEU, UIA
Director del Centro de Estudios de la Unión Industrial Argentina (CEU-UIA).Director de Relaciones Internacionales de la Unión Industrial Argentina Miembro del Consejo de Administración de la OIT por el sector empleador de Argentina.Licenciado en Economía de la Universidad de... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Fingal

Stephanie Fingal

CEO, ECATT (trinidad y Tobago)
Stephanie’s professional experience spans both the private and state enterprise sectors - locally and regionally and includes thirty (30) years in Human Resources and Industrial Relations with specific experience in collective bargaining, policy development, organisational restructuring... Read More →
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Santiago Uribe

CEO, Azimut Energia
avatar for Julio Roberto Gómez Esguerra

Julio Roberto Gómez Esguerra

President, Alternativa Democrática Sindical
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José Luís Viveros Añorve

Economist, ILO-ACTEMP
Applied economist specialized in sustainable enterprise development, productivity, business climate, and the informal economy in Latin America and the Caribbean at the Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACTEMP) of the International Labour Organization. He holds a PhD with major in... Read More →


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Thursday September 10, 2020 11:30 - 12:45 EDT
Sala 2