On 11 May 2016, decision makers, politicians, business leaders, NGOs, trade unions, and researchers met in Amsterdam to discuss ways to advance the implementation of the Business and Human Rights agenda of the European Union.

The pan-European multistakeholder conference was jointly organised by European civil society and the Kingdom of the Netherlands during the Dutch presidency of the EU in spring 2016 to advance the implementation of the Business and Human Rights agenda of the European Union and its member states.

Around 240 people participated in the conference, of whom approximately 20% were academics and representatives of the National Human Rights Institutions, 25% were business, investor and law firm representatives, 25% were member states and EU representatives and 30% were civil society, including trade unions, representatives.

The participants discussed how the European Union can realize its potential to be an international game-changer when it comes to business and human rights. The hosts of the conference published joint conclusions on what steps should be taken next.

During the opening session a film by Kim van Haaster on business related human rights abuses made from the perspective of the victims was shown. You can view the film by clicking on the image on the right.

The tree plenary sessions of the conference were recorded. The recordings can be accessed here.

All background information that was used to organize the several parallel sessions and plenary sessions can still be found here. An extensive report and the presentations used by the panellists will be published on the site shortly.


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  • Address
  • Marine Etablissement Amsterdam (MEA)
    Kattenburgerstraat 7
    1018 JA Amsterdam
  • Phone
  • +31 20 520 2203


For more information, contact the main organizer of the conference: MVO Platform at