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Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights Policy of Universities

Presentation of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2014


Press Release 08-12-2014

Every year Tilburg University organizes an event dedicated to World Human Rights Day, during which the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award for the best PhD thesis and the best Master’s thesis on human rights is presented. On December 9 the presentation will be preceded by a lecture on the human rights policy of the universities by Dr. Koen Becking, President of Tilburg University’s Executive Board.

In December last year, the Dutch government presented its National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. With the plan, the Netherlands wants to “prevent companies from abusing human rights either directly or within supply chains”. One example is the textile industry in Bangladesh. The Dutch Action Plan takes as a guiding principle that “businesses have a social responsibility to apply the same human rights norms both in the Netherlands and elsewhere”. This reasoning also applies to other ‘non-state actors’ such as universities.

Academic Human Rights Policies

President of the Tilburg University Executive Board, Dr. Koen Becking: 'Tilburg University is already committed to human rights, for example, as part of the Professors for Development project, to education, and to defending the interests of Rwandese rape victims with legal assistance and publicity. Another positive result of this commitment is that other people also become actively involved and want to commit to CSR, because we can and want to do more as a university.' Becking will give a presentation on the corporate social responsibility and human rights policy of universities. His presentation will be followed by a debate with Professor Nicola Jägers and two MA students of International Human Rights Law: Veronica Perozo Alberti and Lucas Hartog.

Human Rights Award

In the second half of the program, the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2014 will be presented for the best PhD thesis and the best Master’s thesis on human rights. Max van der Stoel served as OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and as a UN Human Rights Rapporteur.

Program on December 9, 2014, Dante Building, DZ1

15:00  Reception with coffee/tea in the foyer of Dante building

15:30 

  • Introduction by Willem van Genugten, Professor of International Law
  • Presentation by Dr. Koen Becking, President of the Executive Board of Tilburg University, on corporate social responsibility and human rights policies of universities
  • Debate between Dr. Koen Becking, Professor Nicola Jägers, and two MA students of International Human Rights Law: Veronica Perozo Alberti and Lucas Hartog
  • Questions and discussion: Explanation of the Jury report and presentation of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Awards by the chairman of the Jury, Professor Pieter Boeles

17:00  Reception in the foyer of Dante Building.

 

Note for the press

For more information, please contact spokesperson Tineke Bennema, e-mail: Persvoorlichters@tilburguniversity.edu, phone 0031 6 19678521