STSA Business and Human Rights Certificate

Since 6 June, face-to-face trainings are again allowed by the FSEA (Swiss Federation for Adult Learning).

All courses scheduled for this fall will be maintained and STSA Learning has taken all necessary steps
to respect the required safety instructions.

Dates to be confirmed


In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Drafted by Prof. John Ruggie (University of Harvard), UN Special Representative, brought a new internationally recognized framework for companies to respect human rights. The UNGPs are also integrated in the OECD Guidelines on Responsible Business Conduct for a variety of supply chains.

As a pioneer worldwide, the commodity trading and shipping community in Switzerland, under the auspices of the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA) worked in a multistakeholder group to develop a sector specific guidance for the implementation of the UNGPs.

To accompany the sector specific guidance, a new training programme for the implementation of the UNGPs and the OECD Guidelines, specifically tailored for companies active in commodity trading will be launched in November 2018 by STSA.

Requirements for Human Rights Due diligence are increasing. Countries are starting to introduce binding measures like the French law on the Corporate Duty of Vigilance or as foreseen by the German National Action Plan. Switzerland is currently considering introducing binding measures in the framework of the Responsible Business Initiative. In this context, the challenge for companies lies in the implementation of these expectations.


3 Modules / October-November-December

The course will follow the structure of the sector-specific guidance for the implementation of the UNGPs

Module 1: Expectations towards companies and Benchmarks

Module 2: Building a Human Rights Policy

Module 3: Tracking Human Rights Performance and Communicating

Course Structure

The Modules will use a blended learning approach with mandatory readings, videos, practical exercises, webinars and face-to-face teaching. Each module will be subject to an evaluation and a final assignment will be requested at the end of the programme.

Diploma awarded

Students who successfully complete the whole programme will be awarded the STSA Business and Human Rights Certificate. STSA as a trade association is recognized by companies in commodity trading for the quality of its trainings and their adequacy to the needs of the commodity trading activity.


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Objectives of the Programme

This practice-oriented certificate provides participants with essential tools to implement the UNGP for B&HR and the OECD Guidelines:

  • Identifying and assessing human rights risks,
  • Developing a policy commitment and embedding respect for human rights into management systems,
  • Preventing and mitigating adverse impacts,
  • Communicating and tracking performance,
  • Providing for or cooperating in remediation when appropriate


Legal, compliance, CSR, management and any person interested in how to integrate HR principles in companies. Specifically targeted for SMEs.

Course Lecturers

Meet the course lecturers who make the programme a success
Dr. Erol Baruh
Dr. Erol Baruh
Legal Counsel, Regulatory & Compliance
Dr. Nina Eggert - Prog. Dir.
Dr. Nina Eggert - Prog. Dir.
Professional Development and Sustainability Officer
Gerald Pachoud
Gerald Pachoud
Managing Partner
Pluto & Associates
Marie-Gabrielle Cajoly
Marie-Gabrielle Cajoly
Executive Director


Course Schedule and Location


STSA, 11 rue de Chantepoulet, 1201 Geneva



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Program Director

Dr. Nina Eggert, FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations)

Contact / +41(0)22 715 29 90

The Swiss Trading & Shipping Association is a non-profit, non-political Swiss association representing companies active in commodity trading and shipping activities, trade finance and related services.

Rue de Chantepoulet 11
P.O. Box 1565
CH-1201 Geneva

+41 22 715 29 90