One of the most important and urgent opportunities for responsible business is to support basic human rights and those who defend them. How can companies take concrete actions to protect human rights defenders and the 'shared space' in which both operate? 

Bennett Freeman, board member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, USA, presents the new guidance "Shared space under pressure: business support for civic freedoms and human rights defenders" (published by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and the International Service for Human Rights in September 2018) and discusses corporate support for human rights.

Phil Bloomer, Executive Director of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, will discuss the report in the context of their work to support civic freedoms and human rights defenders.