Friday, 2 December 2022

Event Details

Jeannie McCann,Trócaire, Deborah Stockdlae and Roberta Bacic, Conflict Textiles, in the process of assembling the collective 'Threads for Corporate Justice' banner; the outcome of 3 workshops facilitated by Deborah and Roberta.  (Photo: Clem McCartney)

Jeannie McCann,Trócaire, Deborah Stockdlae and Roberta Bacic, Conflict Textiles, in the process of assembling the collective 'Threads for Corporate Justice' banner; the outcome of 3 workshops facilitated by Deborah and Roberta. (Photo: Clem McCartney)

 

Workshops and launch:Threads for Corporate Justice workshop programme
Description: Many of the common items we use in our daily lives are made as part of global supply chains which often end in marginalised communities in the Global South. Trócaire is gravely concerned about the reports from its partners of increasing human rights violations and environmental harms by some big businesses in the communities where it works. Activists who defend communities’ rights face intimidation, criminalisation and even murder. In response, Trócaire is part of a global campaign which calls for stronger corporate regulation. This includes urging Ireland and the UK to introduce a new law to hold Irish/UK companies to account for harming people and the planet. This would be a vital step in ending corporate abuse.

This collaboration with Conflict Textiles will create a collective textile which will portray this campaign in all its complexity. Conflict Textiles, in a series of three workshops facilitated by Fabric Artist Deborah Stockdale, will work alongside Trócaire volunteers from across the island of Ireland to create the textile. As the volunteers collectively thread for corporate justice, they will stand in solidarity with impacted communities around the world.

The collective textile, as part of the exhibition Threads for Corporate Justice will be launched at a public event in Belfast at 3pm, Tuesday, 11th October (launch invitation). The textile launch is part of the One World Festival 2022, 10-14 October (Call for Events information pack). It will then tour around Ireland to engage more people and encourage action for this new law to help ensure people and the planet are prioritised over profit.

Resources supporting Trócaire’s corporate accountability campaign
1. Learn more about Trócaire’s corporate accountability campaign
2. Watch this 15 minute documentary about women human rights defenders in Honduras, Women in their Place
3. Never Waste A Crisis - 20 min documentary about the impact of COVID-19 on the communities where Trocaire work, with a focus on Business and Human Rights.
4. Massive Clearance installation - this is for exhibitions and galleries and seeks to make the connection between the local and the global aspects of the campaign
5. OWF Festival event this is a 1 hour long discussion which goes into more detail on the campaign.
6. Blog – Why Ireland Needs Corporate Accountability Legislation - this is equally relevant to the UK.
7. Trócaire project blog Trócaire volunteers to create artwork to portray harm done by some big businesses (Catherine Devine 4 May 2022).
Commissioned by: Trócaire
Date(s): 4th May 2022 - 31st August 2022
Venue: Online
Curator: Roberta Bacic and Conflict Textiles team
Facilitator: Jeannie McCann, Advocacy and Campaigns Officer NI Trócaire
Outcome: It is anticipated that the completed banner Threads for Corporate Justice, reflecting different elements of Trócaire’s corporate accountability campaign, will encourage more people to take action.




Documents: • Intro session with volunteers, 30 March 2022 - view
• Land and human rights defenders - view
• Overview of workshops - view
• "Make It Your Business", ICBHR report - view
• Invitation: Textile launch, 11 Oct. 2022 - view