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2021 Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture
Annual Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture
by Professor Erika George, Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved without private sector participation. The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights call on business enterprises to respect human rights by addressing adverse environmental and human rights impacts related to business operations. When natural resources are managed responsibly the resulting economic development can help to eradicate poverty and promote prosperity; but, when resources are managed poorly—without incorporating respect for human rights—industry sector practices can generate or exacerbate environmental degradation, corruption, and conflict. In particular, certain practices of the agricultural and extractives industry sectors and our current patterns of consumption are implicated in adverse social impacts and environmental injustices associated with the changing climate. My lecture will provide examples of how human rights and environmental challenges are connected and will present ways investors and advocates could leverage corporate and securities laws to promote climate action and accountability for human rights abuses.

Nov 15, 2021 12:45 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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