The symposium discussed community representation in business and human rights advocacy, litigating transnational corporate accountability claims, and developments in business and human rights governance at the corporate, domestic, and international levels.
As a panelist, Ms. Wisniak joined a distinguished group of practitioners to discuss recent developments in business and human rights governance. Together with Emily Holland, Senior Associate at Freshfields, John Sherman, General Counsel and Senior Advisor at Shift and Komala Ramachandra, Senior Researcher at Human Rights Watch, Marlena touched upon the nuts and bolts of doing business with respect to human rights.
Net Impact, Impact Summit 2018, 'Social Impact Consulting”' February 9, 2018, Boston, MA,
The Impact Summit brings together local professionals and graduate students from the greater Boston area interested in positive social or environmental impact. The Impact Summit featured speakers and exhibitors from the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.
Touching upon the challenges and opportunities of social impact consulting, Ms. Wisniak focused on presenting the work that Isosceles' business and human rights team does to prevent company activities from having an adverse impact on human rights. Marlena spoke on a panel alongside Donald Reed, Managing Director at PwC, and Stacy Neal, Director of Programs at FSG.
The STRT Development Committee, part of the Social Responsibility Alliance (SRA) Initiative
The Isosceles Group is proud to announce that Marlena Wisniak, has joined the Slavery & Trafficking Risk Template (STRT) Development Committee. Operating under the Social Responsibility Alliance (SRA) Initiative, the Committee is a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based consortium of organizations working together to support companies in their efforts to ensure respect for human rights. The Committee is focused on the eradication of human trafficking and modern slavery from supply chains around the world, and developed the STRT to help companies achieve this goal.
To ensure they meet the robust needs of a broad variety of stakeholders, the Committee consults with external industry experts for their valuable insight when developing data collection tools such as the STRT. The Development Committee actively maintains and updates the STRT. More news about the Committee at Isosceles' work can be found at https://www.socialresponsibilityalliance.org/news/.
The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights is the global platform for yearly stock-taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice. The central theme of the 2017 Forum was “Realizing Access to Effective Remedy”.
Ms. Wisniak, is honored to have assisted the Forum, and to have actively engaged in the development of business and human rights. Isosceles values the relationships built during this event, and looks forward to future opportunities to collaborate.
The focus of the World Bank Group's highly anticipated 2017 'Law, Justice and Development Week' focused on exploring how law and justice can create an enabling environment for gender equality and women empowerment. It was held on November 6-9, 2017 at the World Bank Headquarters, in Washington D.C. The Week provided opportunities to hear from 185 experts and thought-leaders in more than 60 sessions.
Ms. Wisniak, and Samuel Cogolati, PhD researcher at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, presented their groundbreaking research on the intersection between women's rights and the commons. Speaking on a panel alongside Dubravka Simonovic, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Professor Susan Dell Ross, Founder and Director of the International Women’s Rights Clinic at Georgetown Law and Emily Bove, Executive Director of Women Thrive Alliance, the panelists posited that the privatization of these resources, which are neither publicly nor privately own, have adverse impacts on communities human rights. What's more, the 'commodification' of the commons disproportionately affect women.