2019 Program

2019 Engaging Business Forum

11th Annual Atlanta Business & Human Rights Conference

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.

September 12-13, 2019

The Coca-Cola World Headquarters

One Coca-Cola Plaza

Atlanta, GA

There is no fee to attend the forum; however, all participants must register in advance. Seating is limited for this forum, so you are strongly encouraged to register earlyIf you would like to attend, please register here. 

If you have any questions please contact Kendall Thibeadeau at kthibeadeau@uscib.org.

Draft Agenda

September 12th 2019
8:00 – 8:30 Participant Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:35 Welcome, Conference Objectives and Agenda

Lisa Chang – CPO The Coca-Cola Company
8:35 – 9:15 Key note address

• Jill Savitt- President and CEO, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights
9:15 – 10:15CEO Discussion – The importance of Human Rights and the Social License to Operate for Business

Moderator – Brent Wilton, Global Director Human and Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company

• James Quincey – CEO and Chairman, The Coca-Cola Company
• Jill Savitt- President and CEO, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights
• Hala Moddelmog -President and CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Q&A
10:15 – 10:30Networking Break
10:30-11:45The Future of Work and Human Rights – What does that mean for how business needs to look to operate moving forward?

Moderator – Peter Robinson - president and CEO of USCIB
• Mthunzi Mdwaba - Chair of the IOE Policy Working Group on Human Rights and Responsible Business Conduct

• David Barnes – IBM, Vice President Global Workforce Policy

• Nes Parker- Senior Manager, Deloitte

Q&A
11:45-12:0011:45 -12:00 Kate Gilmore – Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations
12:00-1:30Networking Lunch
1:30-2:45Business relationships and responsibilities- Sports and Human Rights.

Moderator – Mary Harvey- CEO, Centre for Sports and Human Rights

• HRH Prince Ali bin al Hussein - Founder and President of AFDP Global, President of West Asia Football Federation and Jordan Football Association

• Francis West- Business Learning Program Director, Shift

• Brent Wilton- Global Director Workplace and Human Rights, The Coca-Cola Company
Additional panelists TBC

Q&A

2:45-4:00Successful partnerships -Civil Society, Government and Business. What does the ideal partnership look like?

Moderator – Minky Warden- Director of Global Initiatives, Human Rights Watch

• Lynn Sicade- Director for the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State

• Ron Popper- Chief Executive Officer, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights-

• Kate Gilmore – Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations

• Shubha Sekhar- Director Workplace Accountability, The Coca-Cola Company

Q&A
4:00-4:15Networking Break
4:15-5:30Forced Labor and child labor in global supply chains

Moderator – Gabriella Rigg Herzog - Vice President, Labor Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, USCIB


• Beate Andrees- Chief of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, International Labour Organization

• Didier Bergeret, Director Global Social Compliance Programme, Consumer Goods Forum-

• Shubha Chandra Associate, Human Rights GBCAT

• Caroline Meledo, Senior Manager Corporate Responsibility, Hilton

Q&A
5:30-7:00 Cocktail Reception at TCCC`s headquarters
September 13th 2019
8:00-8:30Participant Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:35Welcome, Meeting Objectives and Agenda
8:35 – 9:50Human Rights Benchmarking – Where to From Here?

Moderator – Marti Flacks- Deputy Director & Head of North America Office
, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre-

• Kilian Moote- Project Director, Know the Chain-

• Anna Pot, Manager Responsible Investments, APG

• Lauren Compere- Managing Director/Director of Shareowner Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management

• Matthias Thorns - Deputy Secretary-General, IOE

Q&A
9:50 – 10:00Networking Break
10:00 – 11:15Investing in the future – The growing importance of human rights to the investing community

Moderator – John Morrison -Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Business


• David Schilling – Senior Program Director - Human Rights & Resources, ICCR

• Gabriella Rigg Herzog - Vice President, Labor Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, USCIB

• Ariel Meyerstein – Senior VP, Corporate Sustainability Citi

Q&A
11:15-11:45Ken J.F. Kennedy- Senior Policy Advisor, Forced Labor Programs, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
11:45 – 12:10IOE
USCIB
US Chamber of Commerce
12:10 – 12:15Wrap-up
Brent Wilton, Global Workplace and Human Rights Director, The Coca-Cola Company

12:15 – 1:30GbCAT and Lunch