However, it is clear that more work needs to be done. Among the themes that were discussed during the conference (which I want to use this space to explore in coming weeks) are: the implementation of the BHR framework in specific sectors (such as the financial services arena) and the need to promote the Guiding principles among small and medium enterprises (which make up the bulk of businesses around the world). Another major topic of discussion was the challenges created for TNCs by supply chain relationships. This issue is at the heart of my scholarship since it brings the need for a bystander paradigm into stark relief. Also, it dovetails well with another theme that was brought up again and again, by stakeholders at the conference – the current lack of accountability mechanisms for corporations who are a part of human rights abuses. To that end, I was heartened by the words of others who spoke during the two day conference stating that the Guiding Principles were a first step and more needed to be done.
Once again, a clear example of understatement at work.
A Lady Gaga Conference – UN style