2015 ENGAGING BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Addressing the Challenges of Demonstrating Respect for Human Rights
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
Thursday September 17, 2015
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Coca-Cola Company’s World Headquarters
One Coca-Cola Plaza
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 International Engaging Business Forum on Addressing the Challenges of Demonstrating Respect for Human Rights onSeptember 17, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This is the eighth human rights forum hosted by The Coca-Cola Company.
The forum provides a unique opportunity for a candid discussion between business leaders and other experts on the importance of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and the challenges faced by business in demonstrating respect for human rights in their business operations.
Participants will come away with an appreciation for the progress made by different companies at integrating respect for human rights, based on guidance provided in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. A variety of cutting-edge issues in this important field will be covered from different viewpoints as outlined in the agenda below.
There is no fee to attend the forum; however, all participants must register in advance. Please note that seating is limited for this forum, so you are strongly encouraged to register early. Please register here by August 21, 2015.
To read about the Access to Remedy Briefing, which was held on Wednesday September 16, 2015 at The Coca-Cola Company’s World Headquarters, please click here.
|8:00 – 8:30||Participant Check-in and Continental Breakfast|
|8:30 – 8:35||Welcome, Meeting Objectives and Agenda
|8:35 – 9:00||Overview of the challenging issues impacting Respect for Human Rights in Business today
Includes a discussion of the cumulative impact of the “Engaging Business” conferences held to date and the most challenging issues, which will be addressed in this Engaging Business Conference:
|9:00 – 10:00||Panel Discussion — Supply Chain Impacts, including Forced Labor and Land Rights
Moderator: John Morrison, Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Business
|10:00 – 10:15||Break|
|10:15 – 11:15||Panel Discussion — Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, including linkage to human rights
Moderator: Ariel Meyerstein, Vice President for Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Governance, U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)
|11:15 – 12:00||Round Table Discussion on:
Round Table Discussion – Process:
|12:00 – 12:45||Lunch|
|12:45 – 1:15|| Table Discussion Report Outs on
Table Discussion Report Outs – Process:
|1:15 – 2:15||Panel Discussion — Human Rights Due Diligence, including how to do it, the importance of transparency and understanding stakeholder expectations
Moderator: James Plunkett, Director of Labor Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
|2:15 – 2:30||Break|
|2:30 – 3:30||Panel Discussion — Human Rights Remedy, including a discussion of business’ accountability for remedy and what effective remedies look like
Moderator: Catie Shavin, Programme Director, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
|3:30 – 4:00||Round Table Discussions on
|4:00 – 4:30||Table Discussion Report Outs on
|4:30 – 5:00||Reflections, Insights and Next Steps