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Mary Robinson Speaker Series

Our flagship annual event, founded in 2010, provides a platform for advocates working in business and human rights. Every year we convene a panel of experts from across the field, who are led in discussion by Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

An Introduction

Each year the Mary Robinson Speaker Series spotlights emerging issues in the field of business & human rights. It looks to move forward the debate, by bringing together people from business, investment, legislative and human rights communities, as well as voices speaking on behalf of those most impacted by egregious human rights abuse.

Power Switch: Centering human rights in the clean energy transition in Africa

The 2022 Mary Robinson Speaker Series will highlight how a human rights-centred approach is essential to an equitable clean energy transition in Africa - a crucial discussion ahead of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Previous Events

Building a Just Recovery: Strategies for Change (2021)

Our panel explored the unique challenges at the intersection of labour rights and technology rights, focusing on gig economy workers and the frameworks required to ensure companies respect their human rights.

Building a Just Recovery: Workers' views on the post-pandemic economy (2020)

The first digital Mary Robinson Speaker Series welcomed labour voices from communities hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, along with other global thinkers, who together discussed the path to a just recovery.

Turning up the Heat (2019)

With keynote speaker Ikal Angelei, Director of Friends of Lake Turkana in Kenya, panellists discuss solutions from indigenous peoples and progressive business to drive the transition to a low-carbon economy.