ECCJ celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. To mark this important milestone, we organised a debate forum on 24 May, drawing lessons and inspiration from past success, and imagining what the next decade will be like for the corporate accountability movement.
The event kicked off with a session moderated by ECCJ Coordinator Jerome Chaplier, featuring panellists Makbule Sahan (ITUC), Joris Oldenziel (Bangladesh Accord), Donal McCarthy (RSPB, UK) and Sandra Cossart (SHERPA, France).
The discussions focused on examples of current and future developments from the areas of corporate accountability and business and human rights.
The mixed panel of trade union, legal experts and civil society representatives talked about different pathways to enhance corporate responsibility: from ways to support the ILO convention on supply chains, to the specifics of the French duty of vigilance bill and the progress achieved through initiatives like the Bangladesh Accord.
Donal McCarthy presented a RSPB study on the difference between voluntary and binding regulation, highlighting the much improved efficiency of binding measures.
The Forum continued with a dynamic, interview-style session, featuring experienced civil society speakers: Paul de Clerck (Friends of the Earth Europe), Marilyn Croser (CORE, UK) and Nele Meyer, (Amnesty International EU Office).
The panellists covered a wide range of issues, including a critical comparison between the current corporate accountability agenda and that of ten years ago, highlighting the key milestones that brought us here, and the role European civil society played in pushing the agenda forward.
The closing panel looked at corporate accountability from a broader angle. The three speakers, Lora Verheecke (CEO), Beate Sjafjell (University of Oslo) and Maryant Fernández (EDRi) talked about issues related to human rights protection from business-related impacts, but outside ECCJ’s direct work-spectrum. Undergoing this exercise gave ECCJ members and partners a better idea of the diversity of civil society organisations and academic projects promoting better corporate accountability in Europe.
The event was followed by a reception, giving participants the opportunity to network, relax and celebrate a decade of ECCJ.
Check-out what the day looked like on Twitter: #ECCJis10 !
You can browse through some snapshots from the ECCJ + 10 Reception in the image gallery below.