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Investing Responsibly: Democracy & ESG in Emerging Markets


The rise of ESG highlights the need for companies to prioritize stakeholders beyond profit. However, the current ESG debate often overlooks human rights and democracy concerns. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has sparked discussions on democratic countries' investment in authoritarian regimes and their potential role in human rights abuses. How should businesses, individuals, and democratic governments approach investing in emerging markets, where there is a high number of autocratic regimes? What steps can be taken to ensure compliance with human rights in business operations at home and abroad?

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  1. Raise awareness of the large number of countries ruled by authoritarian regimes among emerging markets.
  2. Understand the risks of investing in autocracies and the importance of democratic institutions for doing business.
  3. Explain how we can more effectively include human rights and democracy concerns when investing globally.



Alvaro Piaggio, Senoir Policy Officer, Human Rights Foundation

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government & Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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