Responsible Management Lectures: Human Rights Management in the Context of the ESG debate

October 17, 2022
Categories: TransformS, Uncategorized

With the lecture series “Responsible Management Lectures”, we want to initiate an interdisciplinary discourse about the future of our economic system with a particular focus on economic, sustainability and business ethical aspects. Since the winter semester of 2012, we have been organizing a lecture series on business ethics and sustainability topics on a regular basis. For the winter semester of 2022/2023, we have chosen Supply Chains and Human Rights as the overarching topic for the lecture series.

We are delighted that Dr. Cordula Meckenstock, Chief Responsibility Officer at Grünenthal Group, Senior Vice President Compliance & Ethics / ESG & Corporate Responsibility / Data Privacy / Internal Audit, will give a lecture in English.

Human Rights Management in the Context of the ESG debate


In this lecture, I would like to provide you with insights on human rights management from the perspective of corporations. I will embed the foregoing into the broader context of the ESG debate.

Corporations are more and more expected to align their strategy and decision making not only with financially driven ambitions and targets, but also along the lines of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) considerations.

I will start the lecture by explaining the concept of ESG in its different dimensions, followed by a practical example of implementing an ESG Program in a pharma corporation.  On this basis, I will zoom into the topic of human rights and where they get relevant in our value vain, i.e. from sourcing to production over marketing to sales.

We will explore the different stages of a value chain and at which stages of a value chain which human rights get relevant. We will look at how the various affected human rights aspects at the different stages can be managed and that an integrated approach to human rights management seems most efficient.

Aim of this lecture is to explain how human rights management is embedded in a corporation’s ESG/Sustainability Program, that it is a business critical topic and needs to be managed in an integrated highly strategic way.

Registration here is requested.
We are looking forward to your participation!