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, 2018

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 – 10:30CEO Discussion – The importance of Human Rights and the Social License to Operate for Business

Moderator –

• James Quincey – CEO and Chairman, The Coca-Cola Company
• Additional panelists TBC
10:30 – 10:45Networking Break
10:45-12:00The 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

• Sharan Burrow - General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

• 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
12:00-1:30Networking Lunch
1:30-2:45Business relationships and responsibilities- Sports and Human Rights.

Moderator – Mary Harvey

Confirmation of panelists pending

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

• Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary 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

• Genevieve Taft- Global Director Workplace Accountability, The Coca-Cola Company

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, Ineternational 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

5:30-7:00 Cocktail Reception at TCCC`s headquarters


September 13th 2019
8:00 – 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-

• Ana Pot, Manager Responsible Investments, APG

• Matthias Thorns - Deputy Secretary-General, IOE
Confirmation of one panelist pending
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

Confirmation of 2 panelists pending

11:15 – 12:00IOE
US Chamber of Commerce
12:00 – 12:15Wrap-up
Brent Wilton, Global Workplace and Human Rights Director, The Coca-Cola Company

12:15 – 1:30Lunch