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EPRID Event in the European Parliament on

Religious Freedom and Business

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 – 14.00-16.00 h
European Parliament, Room A5E-2

The European Platform against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination (EPRID),
in cooperation with MEP Ramon Tremosa i Balcells
is organising an event in the European Parliament with
Dr. Brian J. Grim, CEO of the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation,
Dr. Ján Figel’
, Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, business leaders and representatives of EU institutions to examine the relationship between business, human rights and particularly freedom of religion or belief.

Please register your interest or confirm your participation using the form below. In both cases, updates on the agenda and the speakers will be sent to you as they become available.

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.