2013 ENGAGING BUSINESS: IMPLEMENTING RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Addressing the Hard Issues: Myanmar, Human Trafficking, Conflict Minerals, Supply Chain, Guiding Principles Best Practice
Sponsored by the U.S. Council for International Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the International Organization of Employers
Hosted by The Coca-Cola Company
One Coca-Cola Plaza
May 9, 2013
This human rights conference took place 23 months after the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights on June 16, 2011. The Guiding Principles address the intersection of the State Duty to Protect and the Corporate Responsibility to Respect human rights. Under the Guiding Principles, to demonstrate its responsibility to respect human rights, a business should have in place (1) a policy commitment to respect human rights; (2) a human rights due diligence process to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how it addresses its human rights impacts; and (3) processes to enable the remediation of any adverse human rights impacts it causes or which it may contribute. This is easier said than done in some instances.
Previous Atlanta human rights conferences have addressed in general terms how a business can implement respect for human rights. This conference focused on current best practice and tools across a company’s value chain, and addresses several of the difficult implementation issues that have emerged. These included human trafficking in a company’s business and supply chain, human rights due diligence and transparency in business investment in Myanmar, addressing human rights issues in the conflict minerals supply chain, and the challenges of traceability and mapping of supply chains.
In a collaborative environment with leaders in the field and companies from a range of sectors, the meeting offered a unique opportunity to better understand emerging best practice and to gain a perspective on resolving the tough respect for human rights issues. Participants came away from the conference with a better understanding of how to help their company implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and mitigate potential and actual human rights impacts.
|8:00 - 8:30||Continental Breakfast|
|8:30 - 8:45||Welcome and Opening Comments from the Coca-Cola Company
Meeting Overview and Objectives
|8:45 - 10:00||Panel Discussion—Business and Human Rights Guiding Principles Best Practice
Moderator: Clifford Henry, Associate Director, Global Sustainability, Proctor & Gamble
|10:00 - 10:15||BREAK|
|10:15 - 11:30||Panel Discussion — The Business Role in Eliminating Forced Labor and Human Trafficking
Moderator: Brent Wilton, Secretary-General, International Organization of Employers
|11:30 - 12:00||The UN Working Group View of Implementing the Business and Human Rights Guiding Principles
Moderator: James Plunkett, Senior Manager, Labor Law Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
|12:00 - 12:40||LUNCH|
|12:40 - 1:00||Luncheon Speaker: The View from Myanmar
Moderator: Brent Wilton, ILO
|1:00 - 2:15||Panel Discussion — Business Investment in Myanmar: How Much Due Diligence is Enough?
Moderator: Steve Marshall, ILO, (TBC)
|2:15 - 2:30||BREAK|
|2:30 - 3:45||Addressing the Hard Supply Chain Issues
Moderator: Adam Greene, Labor Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, U.S. Council for International Business
|3:45 - 5:00||Panel Discussion—Supply Chain Human Right Due Diligence Tools and Best Practice
Moderator: Ronnie Goldberg, Senior Counsel, U.S. Council for International Business
|5:00-5:30||Next Steps and Closing Comments