ABN AMRO organises International Human Rights Conference

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ABN AMRO is organising an International Human Rights Conference on 9 December 2015. The conference will focus on issues such as human trafficking, slavery and child labour, chain responsibility and corporate transparency on human rights. Politicians, government representatives, NGOs, and national and international businesses and financial institutions, and ABN AMRO employees are being invited to the event.

Caroline Princen, member of the ABN AMRO Managing Board and responsible for the bank’s sustainability policy: “ABN AMRO wants to contribute to a better world. Awareness of human rights is a priority in our policy. By working together with the parties involved, we are exploring ways to achieve a change for the better. We are organising this International Human Rights Conference for the second time because we believe that only by pooling our strengths can we make progress. I’m very proud that we have found such inspiring speakers who are willing to help make our conference a success.”


Kailash Satyarthi, Founder of Global March against Child Labour, is the keynote speaker. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 in recognition of his efforts to safeguard human rights. Corinne Dettmeijer, National Reporter of Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children, will shed light on human trafficking in relationship to financial institutions in the Netherlands. Caroline Rees, President of Shift, will conclude with a presentation on the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights and the importance of organisations introducing these principles into their day-to-day operations.

UN guidelines

ABN AMRO is the world’s first financial institution to apply the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework to its reporting on 2015, which will be published in the spring of 2016. At that time, the bank will report on its efforts to promote human rights.

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