Business: A powerful force for
interfaith understanding & peace


EU Parliament – 6 Sept. – Religion, Business & Human Rights

23 Aug, 2017

Wednesday 6th September 2017 from 2-4 pm
at the European Parliament (Room A5E-2)

Freedom of Religion or Belief is close to the core of every human being. Therefore, one might argue, religious freedom is first and foremost a private issue. So, what has the business world to do with religious freedom? Well, more than you might think!

Every day, businesses around the world bring together people from different backgrounds and religions to accomplish a shared purpose – producing a product or service for others.

At the same time, societies are becoming more and more religiously diverse. The Sustainable Development Goals 2030 include several references to diversity and inclusion, and it is widely accepted that diversity will increasingly impact employees and markets. Facilitating this diversity is one component of a company’s overall strategy to value their employees and increase their loyalty for the benefit of customers and shareholders. How do such business initiatives on religious diversity and inclusion – which result in defending and promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief in the workplace – relate to Europe’s policy to improve human rights? Join us to examine all these issues.

Speakers include:
Dr Brian Grim, President, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation,
Dr Ján Figel’, Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the EU,
Amarjit Singh, Ernst & Young LLP,
Michael Wakelin, University of Cambridge,
Merete Bilde , European External Action Service (tbc)
and other EU representatives

Please, join us and register using this form if you do not have access to the EU premises in Brussels!

Organizers: The European Platform against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination (EPRID) & Quê Me: Vietnam Committee on Human Rights, in collaboration with the office of Ramon Tremosa i Balcells MEP.