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67830898-p-590_450FLORIAN WETTSTEIN

(University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)
Florian Wettstein is professor and chair of business ethics and director of the Institute for Business Ethics at University of St. Gallen. Previously, Wettstein was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethics and Business Law at Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul). He is a past fellow of the “Program on Human Rights and Justice” at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Wettstein’s research focuses on normative theory, the political role and responsibility of multinational corporations, as well  as on the intersection between business ethics and human rights. Wettstein is the author of Multinational Corporations and Global Justice: Human Rights Obligations of a Quasi-Governmental Institution, published by Stanford University Press in 2009. Florian Wettstein is a member of the executive committee of the International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics (ISBEE) and Editor-in-Chief of the Business and Human Rights Journal (BHRJ), published by Cambridge University Press.

 

Flaviano-2FLAVIANO BIANCHINI

(Founder and Director of Source International)
Flaviano Bianchini (Fabriano, Italy) is an environmentalist and naturalist. Ashoka Fellow from 2012. He is specialized in Valorization and Management of Natural Resources and he holds a Master Degree in Human Rights and Conflict Management at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. For several years he has been dealing with violations of Human Rights and health damages related to the extractive industries, especially in Latin America. His studies on the impact of extractive industries on environment and health have led to changes in the mining law in Honduras, the adoption of precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in Guatemala and the adoption of laws on the welfare for the city of Cerro de Pasco in Peru. From 2007 to 2009 he promoted  a campaign on the impact of mining activity together with Amnesty International. Candidate environmentalist of the year by the magazine The New Ecology in 2008 received the social worker prize from the San Carlos University of Guatemala in 2006 and the Chatwin prize in 2012 for his book “In Tibet un viaggio clandestino”. He is the founder of Source International, a non-governmental organization that works with communities dealing with environmental pollution and health problems principally caused by extractive industries. Source was named as a laureate of The Tech Awards 2014, one of 10 global innovators recognized each year for applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change.