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What did Rio + 20 mean for CSR? Githa Roelans, ILO is our speaker

Githa Roelans

Senior Specialist, Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy

Multinational Enterprises Programme, International Labour Office (ILO), Geneva

The Multinational Enterprises Programme is the lead unit promoting the ILO “Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy” among governments, enterprises and organizations of employers and of workers. Within the unit, Githa’s responsibilities comprise capacity building and outreach activities on the MNE Declaration, including through the ILO Helpdesk for Business ( and in collaboration with other international organizations - UN Global Compact, OHCHR, OECD,UNCTAD,.. ; analysis of public and private “CSR” policies and their impact on decent work; country-level tripartite plus dialogues on contribution of MNEs to socio economic development. She also held positions in the ILO Bureau for Gender Equality and the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). Prior to joining the ILO, she was an Advisor and Research Fellow on Corporate Social Responsibility in the UNIDO Beijing Office (China) and held senior advisory positions in strategic communication consultancies in Brussels, focusing on CSR and social/labour issues.

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  • Juan L.

    A very interesting topic. I think that it deserves more attention and to have other views represented in a future meeting. What did Rio+20 meant not only for CSR, but for the big worrying challenges we are facing worldwide?
    Thank you Michael, and the speakers.

    September 16, 2012

  • Juan L.

    Missing some new directions. A rather conservative approach. For the rest, very good.

    September 16, 2012

  • Michael H.

    Githa covered a difficult topic with great clarity, humour and wry observations. Sustainable Development now means the economy and social aspects as well as the long held view that it is all about the natural environment. Given that CSR is about treating all key stakeholders responsibly with the aim to achieve sustainable development (, Rio+20 was aligned with current thinking on CSR. Still preferring to call the UN Global Compact the UN's CSR, Rio+20 did miss the mark (see by not paying adequate attention to the ILO principles on corporations. The ILO could do much more to promote their principles by publicising their core content in bite sized pieces and doing analysis on their take-up. Maybe this will come out in an ILO+40 in 2016, 40 years after ILO's much heralded World Employment Conference in 1976? Well, let me first propose such an event here!!!

    September 13, 2012

  • Shea G.

    Githa was an excellent speaker! Great presentation, very articulate and very insightful comments......

    September 12, 2012

  • Lichia S.

    Hi, Michael, Hi, everybody!
    I am sorry that I won't able to join you on the 12th. I am on mission then. However, one member of CSEND, Ms. Yvonne Lin, will be happy to join.

    September 4, 2012

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