ASEAN Economic Integration

Attending the ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN People’s Forum Malaysia 2015: Reclaiming the ASEAN Community for the People

Background – For its tenth anniversary, the ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN People’s (ACSC/APF) gathered around 1,500 representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) from 11 countries (the ten ASEAN countries plus Timor-Leste) on 21-24 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The purpose of the ACSC/APF is to deliver a joint statement and recommendations for the ASEAN Leaders regarding the ASEAN Summit which are submitted to the ASEAN Secretariat and the government representatives even if these recommendations could not be delivered during open spaces for dialogue scheduled with ASEAN Leaders. Malaysia, as ASEAN Chair country for 2015, decides to focus this year talks on a “people oriented and people centered ASEAN”. This theme carried a lot of questions during the ACSC/APF...

Nestlé and human rights due diligence: Implications for company risk and impacts in LDC’s

Executive Summary: Nestlé’s white paper on human rights, produced in November 2013 represents the first time a company has publicly commented upon the assessment of its impact on human rights in its operations and supply chain.  It has, in places, given an appraisal of the difficulties they have had in adhering to human rights norms, and how they plan to address these actual and potential risks of violations. However the paper is mostly a commentary on the methodology of their human rights impact assessment, rather than a discussion of the impacts themselves. I plan to use this piece, to describe the white paper itself, with analysis, and then go on to discuss the implications of this paper in the way companies will interact with human rights in the future, and the positive impact human ri...