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ACTIVITIES 2017

Best legal monograph of the year

The Foundation’s publication El papel del abogado en la implantación de los principios Ruggie: 8 buenas prácticas para abogados de negocio (which translates as ‘The lawyer’s role in the implementation of the Ruggie principles: 8 best practices for business lawyers’) has been awarded the Barcelona Bar Association’s Premio jurídico Memorial Degá Roda i Ventura for the best legal monograph of the year, a distinction that constitutes further acknowledgment of our legal innovation and public interest lawyering work towards the advancement and advocacy of justice, the rule of law and human rights. The book is the outcome of several years of research in this new field of interest for law and business, where the Foundation pioneers a legal analysis of the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.


 
ACTIVITIES 2016

¿Es suficiente la actual justicia internacional en derechos humanos y empresas?

Cristina Puigdengolas y Rafael Merino, abogada y economista de la Fundación respectivamente, publican en número 122 de la revista Tiempo de Paz, dedicado a Derechos Humanos y Empresas. La Revista, publicada ininterrumpidamente desde 1984, es una de las revistas españolas con mayor trayectoria en el ámbito de las relaciones internacionales y los Derechos Humanos. El número 122, monográfico coordinado por el europarlamentario D. Ramón Jáuregui, reflexiona sobre las luces y las sombras de la relación entre las empresas y los derechos humanos. El asunto abordado por la Fundación tiene por título ¿Es suficiente la actual justicia internacional en derechos humanos y empresas? Seguir leyendo.



 

La Fundación debate sobre “Derechos Humanos y empresas” por segunda vez en el Foro Europeo del Pro Bono

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La Fundación intervino como ponente en la sesión “Practicing Law With Respect for Human Rights” que tuvo lugar en el Foro Europeo del Pro Bono 2016. Es la segunda vez que en este foro se aborda este tema en una sesión, y también la segunda en que Carmen Pombo participa como ponente invitada para esta materia.

Los abogados desempeñan un papel crucial en el asesoramiento a sus clientes sobre sus impactos en los derechos humanos, cumplimiento y los riesgos por incumplimiento, pero ¿hasta dónde van sus obligaciones legales, contractuales y obligaciones éticas? Los ponentes en la sesión de 2016 discutieron sobre el progreso que los despachos de abogados están haciendo en la aplicación de los Principios Rectores sobre las Empresas y los Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas, tanto en su asesoramiento a clientes como en su propia actividad empresarial. También se reflexionó sobre los retos para incorporar un enfoque de derechos humanos a la práctica jurídica y sus operaciones con clientes y en otras relaciones comerciales, y explorar cómo el trabajo pro bono puede contribuir a ello.

Yasmin Batliwala, directora de Advocates for International Development moderó la sesión. Jo Weiss del Despacho White &Case, Tom Dunn del Despacho Clifford Chance, Susan Hazledine de International Senior Lawyers Project, Elodie Aba de Business & Human Rights Resource Centre y Carmen Pombo de la Fundación fueron los ponentes.

Más información sobre nuestra participación en este Foro AQUÍ.


 

La Fundación en el 4º Foro anual de las Naciones Unidas sobre las empresas y los derechos humanos

La Fundación Fernando Pombo participad en el Foro anual de las Naciones Unidas sobre las Empresas y los Derechos Humanos que ha tenido lugar en Ginebra, entre el 16 y el 18 de noviembre.

El foro es un espacio de diálogo para los representantes y profesionales de la sociedad civil, empresas, Estados, los mecanismos y órganos de las Naciones Unidas y grupos afectados para reflexionar y debatir sobre los desafíos para implementar los Principios Rectores sobre las empresas y los derechos humanos.

En este sentido, la Fundación ha acudido a este foro como agente jurídico especializado y pionero en la implementación de los Principios Rectores en el mundo de la abogacía, con su proyecto “Derechos Humano y Empresas: el papel de la abogacía“.

Más información sobre este proyecto de la Fundación AQUÍ.


 

Derechos Humanos y Empresas en la Conferencia Anual de la Asociación Mundial de la Abogacía

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La IBA ha identificado como estratégica la involucración de la abogacía de negocio en el impulso del cumplimiento de los Derechos Humanos por parte de las Empresas.

En 2015 y 2016, la IBA aprobó dos guías prácticas: la Guía sobre empresas y derechos humanos para colegios de abogados y la Guía sobre empresas y derechos humanos para abogados de negocio. Esta última fue acompañada por el Anexo de referencia para ayudar a los abogados a su comprensión y puesta en práctica, que fue aprobado en septiembre de 2016. Carmen Pombo es miembro del IBA Business & Human Rights Working Group y ha colaborado en la elaboración de dichas guías.

En la Conferencia Anual de la IBA 2016 se organizaron varias sesiones sobre este tema, abordando aspectos prácticos para abogados de negocio, entre otras:

  • «Human rights due diligence: preparing for a legal obligation». Cristina Puigdengolas fue ponente en esta sesión. Explicó cómo los abogados de empresa pueden incorporar el respeto de los derechos humanos en las operaciones de fusiones y adquisiciones, a través de procesos de due diligence.

 

  • Charla en Georgetown University en la jornada «The Fundamentals of International Legal Business Practice» organizado por el comité de abogados jóvenes de la IBA: Carmen Pombo participó en la mesa redonda “Corporate lawyers 2.0 – specialised in sustainability and human rights”, donde se abordaron los principales retos de la abogacía del futuro y su capacidad de impacto en el desarrollo sostenible y justo de las sociedades.

Por último, destacar que de forma transversal la Fundación ha llevado a estudio en el marco de la Clínica Jurídica UNIR-Fundación Fernando Pombo, un caso sobre la implantación de los Principios Rectores de Naciones Unidas sobre las Empresas y los Derechos Humanos en un sector productivo concreto. El objetivo de este caso clínico ha sido sembrar entre los futuros abogados un conocimiento específico y mayor conciencia sobre la realidad de los derechos humanos en el mundo empresarial.


 

Carmen Pombo, coauthor of the Guides published by the International Bar Association (IBA) for law firms and bar associations on Business and Human Rights

Carmen Pombo, Director of the Foundation, is a member of the IBA Business & Human Rights Working Group, where she has collaborated in the creation of the following guides, which have been passed by the IBA in 2015 and 2016 respectively:

«The IBA practical guides on Business and Human Rights for lawyers and bar associations are a very important milestone for the global protection of human rights. The legal profession has a huge influence in the governing bodies and corporate executives». John Ruggie, author of the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Multinationals.


 

Business Ethics course for future lawyers at the McGeorge School of Law (University of the Pacific)

The Fernando Pombo Foundation has conveyed the course “Business ethics: the new role of Corporate Lawyers” within the framework of the summer courses this prestigious university organizes every year in Salzburg, Austria, from July 19 to the 29.

The course proposed a profound analysis on the new challenges the legal profession has in the current globalization scenario, especially focusing on new trends related to ethics, professional deontology and the social role of the lawyer, human rights and multinationals. Moreover, the course also paid special attention to business sustainability and the main international initiatives regarding responsible corporate behavior when dealing with investors, clients, employees, shareholders, insurance companies and the community as a whole.

This activity contributes to the Fernando Pombo Foundation main objective of encouraging a future legal profession committed with the strengthening of the rule of law and the human rights.

For more information about the course, please visit http://tinyurl.com/jo6sopl


 

The Foundation presents a book on “Business and Human Rights: the role of the legal profession”

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On July 15, 2016 Fernando Pombo Foundation presented its book “The role of the lawyer in the implementation of the Ruggie principles: 8 good practices for corporate lawyers”.

Many well-known lawyers and experts in innovation in the legal profession area have participated in this book, which is the result of our project “Business and Human Rights: the role of the legal profession.”

After years of work and conversations with national and international leaders about the law global trends and the Sustainable Development Goals – SDG 2030 -, the Foundation is promoting different initiatives for the reinforcement of the legal profession as a multiplier agent regarding social transformation and innovation. Lawyers as social leaders.


ACTIVITIES 2015 

Symposium: “Business and Human Rights: the role of the legal profession”

Madrid, June 3rd 2015. The symposium “Business and Human Rights: the role of the legal profession”, organized by the Fernando Pombo Foundation with the support of the Human Rights Office of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, took place on the last 3rd of June. This symposium is a landmark in the foundation’s activities and particularly in the accomplishment of its goals.

The symposium was recorded with all the interventions. The Fernando Pombo Foundation will provide shortly the possibility to display these videos (both in Spanish and English) together with other relevant information of the symposium on the oficial web site created for the event.


The role of bar associations in Business and Human Rights

Prague, May 21st 2015. (During the IBA’s Annual Bar Leaders’ Conference).

The Fernando Pombo Foundation participated in the IBA’s “Bar Leaders Conference” which was organized in Prague, May 2015 under the title: “Controversy, credibility and a crisis. All in a day’s work for a Bar Association?”.

The Fernando Pombo Foundation has collaborated with the Spanish Bar Association, as part of the IBA’s Business and Human Rights working group. This working group is preparing two guides of recommendations on Business and Human Rights, one for bar associations, the other for law firms.

Precisely, the Fernando Pombo Foundation took part in the round table: Credibility: The role of bar associations in business and human rights.

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 ACTIVITIES 2014 

Eliminating poverty: what can lawyers do?

Tokyo, October 21st 2014. (During the IBA’s Annual Conference)

The Fernando Pombo Foundation, as member of the “Poverty, Empowerment and the Rule of Law Working Group“, oversaw this panel discussion in whose organization also participated the “Human Rights Law Working Group”, the “Law Firm Management Committee” and the “Young Lawyers’ Committee”.

The session analyzed the responsibilities and obligations of lawyers, law firms and bar associations in the building of prosper societies, based on the rule of law, where no one lacks a basic healthcare, no one suffers from malnutrition, no one is homeless or without education, no one is denied from economic empowerment and social opportunity.

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Course: “Globalization, competitiveness and guarantees of human rights”

14 and 15 July 2014, Banco Santander Ciudad Financiera, Boadilla del Monte (Madrid).

 The foundation participated in this course as a speaker at the roundtable discussion on “Companies and human rights: current issues and trends”.

This course, which was organised by the Corporate Social Responsibility Chair of the Universidad de Alcalá together with the Universidad Complutense and Banco Santander’s Network of CSR Chairs, brought together important figures and representatives of government ministries, embassies, companies and NGOs, in order to study possible actions to foster respect and protection of human rights as an essential instrument for achieving socially responsible competitiveness in global business activity. In this regard, the participants analysed the implications of the UN principles on social and economic policies in our country and on the social responsibility commitments of companies.

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Conference on Guiding Principles, the National Business Plan and Human Rights from the CEOE

March 10, 2014, CEOE offices in Madrid.

The CEOE, through its Commission of Social Responsibility in Business, has carried out a conference on the UN’s Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. The Fernando Pombo Foundation was invited to explain the main implications, both legal and otherwise, of these principles.

Read letter stating the stance of the CEOE on the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights


 ACTIVITIES 2013 

Second annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

2 to 4, December, 2013. Ginebra, Switzerland.

The Fundación Fernando Pombo will participated in the second annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights will be held in Geneva on 2–4 December.

The Forum was established by the Human Rights Council and is under the guidance of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. The Forum provides a global platform for the promotion and implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These Principles, unanimously endorsed in 2011 by the Council, are the first globally accepted standards on the responsibilities of States and businesses for preventing and addressing business-related human rights abuse.

The first Forum in 2012 focused on progress in the implementation of the Guiding Principles, highlighting the emerging challenges for States, business, and civil society, and identifying and discussing good practices. The 2013 forum will be held in Geneva on 2-4 December. A draft programme overview is now available, with a more extensive agenda to be posted in advance of the event. Online registration has opened.


International Meeting: The implementation of the un guiding principles on business and human rights in Spain

4 to 6 november, 2013. Seville, Spain

The  Fernando Pombo Foundation was invited to the first international meeting on  implementation of the un guiding principles on business and human rights in Spain.

The foundation participated in the PANEL 4: The implementation of Spain’s obligations in the area of business and human rights,  speaking about “Business and Human Rights. The role of business lawyers”.

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VII European Pro Bono Forum

October 24th to 25th, 2013. Warsaw, Poland.


The Fernando Pombo Foundation will participate once again in the European Pro Bono Fórum organized by Pilnet, The Global Network for Public Interest Law.

This year Fundación Fernando Pombo will participate in the panel “Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice”, speaking about the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights (Ruggie Principles).

Panel: Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice.

Sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Moderator:
• Yasmin Batliwala l Advocates for International Development l U.K.

 Speakers:
• Andrew Denny l Allen & Overy l U.K.
• Janet Love l Legal Resources Centre l South Africa
• Carmen Pombo l Fundacion Fernando Pombo l Spain
• Ken Resnick l GE Oil & Gas l Italy
• Anna Triponel l Shift l U.K.

VII EUROPEAN PRO BONO FORUM – AGENDA 2013