2014 Program

2014 ENGAGING BUSINESS:

INTEGRATING RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN BUSINESS:  LEARNING FROM BEST PRACTICES OF LEADING COMPANIES

Thursday September 18, 2014
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN ATLANTA
55 IVAN ALLEN JR. BLVD
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30313
WWW.CIVILANDHUMANRIGHTS.ORG

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

Overview

On behalf of the U.S. Council for International Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Organization of Employers, we hope you will join us for the special international business forum on “Engaging Business – Integrating Respect for Human Rights in Business” on September 18, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 5:15 PM.  This is the seventh human rights forum hosted by The Coca-Cola Company and will be held at the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.

The forum will include a frank and open discussion on the importance and challenges of integrating human rights in business. It will provide a unique opportunity to engage with business leaders and other experts in this emerging field, and participants will come away with a better understanding of how to integrate human rights as part of their overall corporate responsibility to respect human rights.  Progress made at the global level will be discussed, based on guidance provided in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The integration of respect for human rights will be considered from a variety of viewpoints as outlined in the agenda below.Click here for printable PDF version of the 2014 Program.

There is no fee to attend the forum; however, all participants must be registered in advanced as space is limited. Please register here by August 22, 2014.

AGENDA
8:00 - 9:15 Tours of the Center for Civil and Human Rights

  • Tour information provided during Conference Check-In
  • Tours are self-guided with information provided by Center Docents at each exhibit
  • Note that the Center is not open to the public during this time frame
  • 9:15 - 9:30 Welcome and Opening Comments from The Coca-Cola Company
  • Cindy Sawyer, Work Environment and Workplace Rights Director


  • Presentation on the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Doug Shipman, National Center Chief Executive Officer
  • 9:30 - 9:40 Meeting Overview and Objectives

  • Brent Wilton, Secretary-General, International Organization of Employers (IOE)

  • 9:40 - 10:40 Panel Discussion — Global View: Status and Trends of the Integration of Respect for Human Rights in Business
    Moderator: Brent Wilton, Secretary-General, International Organization of Employers (IOE)

  • Alexandra Guáqueta, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • John Morrison, Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Kathy Mulvey, Director Conflict Risk Network
  • Arvind Ganesan, Business and Human Rights Director, Human Rights Watch
  • 10:40 - 10:5010 Minute Break
    10:50 - 11:20Board of Director View: Governance and Expectations on Respect for Human Rights

  • Alexis M. Herman, Chair and Chief Executive Officer New Ventures, LLC and Director of The Coca-Cola Company since 2007
  • Conversation facilitated by: Ed Potter, Director, Global Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company
  • 11:20 - 11:30 10 Minute Break
    11:30 - 12:30Panel Discussion — Executive View: Frank Discussion regarding the Challenges of Integrating Respect for Human Rights in Business
    Moderator: Cindy Sawyer, Work Environment and Workplace Rights Director, The Coca-Cola Company

    Senior Corporate Leader Viewpoint:
  • Marcela Manubens, Global Vice President for Social Impact, Unilever
  • Ron Popper, Head of Corporate Responsibility, ABB


  • Investor Viewpoint:
  • Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert Investments

  • 12:30 - 1:30Lunch (One Hour)

  • Participants are welcome to view the Martin Luther King papers on the first floor of the Center for Civil and Human Rights and return to the Center exhibits on floors 2 and 3
  • Note that the Center is open to the public during this time frame
  • 1:30 - 2:30Panel Discussion — Business Function View and Best Practices: Integrating Respect for Human Rights
    Moderator: Mark Hodge, Executive Director, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

  • Procurement Leader viewpoint — Melissa S. Kim, Global Team Lead - Local Content, Supplier Diversity, Sustainable Supply Chain, ExxonMobil Global Services Company
  • M&A Viewpoint — Mark Nordstrom, Sr. Corporate Counsel, Labor and Employment Law, GE
  • Operations Viewpoint — Zoe McMahon, Director, Global Social & Environmental Responsibility, Hewlett-Packard
  • Industry Program Center Viewpoint — Gabriella Rigg Herzog, Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hess Corporation
  • 2:30 - 3:30Panel Discussion — Supply Chain View: Identification and mitigation of potential Human Rights impacts across a global supply chains
    Moderator: Ariel Meyerstein, Vice President for Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Governance, U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)

  • Business and Human Rights Organization viewpoint — Caroline Rees, President, Shift
  • Company Viewpoint — Laura Rubbo, Director, International Labor Standards, The Walt Disney
  • NGO Viewpoint — Michael Lufkin, Attorney, Land Tenure Specialist, Landesa

  • 3:30 - 3:4515 Minute Break
    3:45 - 4:45Panel Discussion — Best Practice Communication Strategies and Tools: Human Rights Due Diligence, Human Rights Impact Assessments, Human Rights Accountability, etc.
    Moderator: James Plunkett, Director of Labor Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Impact Assessments in High Risk Countries — Christian Frutiger or Yann Wyss, Nestlé
  • Best Practice Insights from SRI — David Schilling, Senior Program Director, Human Rights and Resources
  • Multifaceted Due Diligence Tools / “Beyond Audits” — Andrew Vickers, Vice President, NGO and Stakeholder Relations —, Shell International B.V.
  • Grievance Mechanism Processes — Stuart Kyle, Workplace Accountability Director, The Coca-Cola Company
  • 4:45 - 5:15Next Steps and Closing Comments

  • Brent Wilton, International Organization of Employers
  • Ariel Meyerstein, Vice President for Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Governance, U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)
  • James Plunkett, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Ed Potter, The Coca-Cola Company

  • 5:15Conference Adjourns

  • Taxis available outside of the Center doors on the first floor
  • Participants are welcome to make their own arrangements directly via Uber https://www.uber.com/cities/atlanta
  • Additional transportation guidance provided by the onsite logistics team