Webinar: Tackling the intersection of human rights, technology, and investment
On March 19, 2020 we hosted a webinar on the intersection of human rights, technology, and investment.
Listen to the webinar here.
The growing influence of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector has reconfigured every aspect of our lives, increasingly exposing people to human rights risks that converge with risks to business.
Global investors are starting to take notice. In 2019, the Financial Times reported that "digital human rights are fast becoming the latest front in the debate around fund managers’ ethical investments efforts." Since then, investors have called on the some of the world's most powerful technology companies to strengthen their human rights governance and performance, including Alphabet, Amazon, and Apple.
Our panel of experts discussed the latest research on the societal impact of ICT companies and leading examples of investor action aimed at addressing this. Speakers included:
Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, Stanford University psychiatrist and leading expert on the intersection of psychology and technology. His research includes Internet and video game "addiction," cyberbullying, online impulsivity, and online extremism and polarization.
Emil Lindblad Kernell, Human Rights and Business Advisor, Danish Institute for Human Rights.
Dr. Christine Chow, Director - Head of Asia & Global Emerging Markets Stewardship, EOS at Federated Hermes
Danielle Essink, Engagement Specialist, Active Ownership team, Robeco