Responsible business in Iran
– challenges and opportunities

Stockholm Roundtable Discussion

Hosts: ICC Sweden, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Iran Business Responsibility (IBR) 

Iran, resource-rich and with significant investment needs, is attracting investor interest. Responsible business practices can achieve mutually beneficial goals. It helps companies accomplish their (re-) entry into a high-exposure market and facilitate the long-term success of their investment by maximising the benefits that they can bring to the people. Thus, it contributes to sustainable development and improvement of human rights in the country.

The discussion will provide an opportunity for the Iran Business Responsibility (IBR) project to present the results of an exclusive poll exploring attitudes of Iranians on responsible business. The aim of the Roundtable is to gather interested private sector and government representatives in a closed-door, off-the-record session to present and discuss challenges and opportunities for responsible business in Iran.


9:30 Arrivals and registration

10:00 Welcome and Introduction
Lena Johansson, Secretary-General, ICC Sweden

Morten Kjaerum, Director, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI)

10:20 Human rights and business in challenging environments
Malin Oud, Head of Stockholm Office/Economic Globalisation Team Leader, RWI

10:40 Introduction to Iran Business Responsibility Project (IBR Project)
Andrea Shemberg, co-Director IBR Project

10:50 Responsible Business Due Diligence in Iran
Nadia Novibi, Special Iran Advisor, IBR Project

11:10 Health and Safety and Migrant worker exploitation in Iran
Andrea Saldarriaga, co-Director IBR Project

11:30 Attitudes in Iran regarding responsible business
Andrea Shemberg, co-Director IBR Project

12:00 Discussion

Lunch will be served after the discussion is concluded.