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Conference

Responsible Business

Incentives, imperatives, implementation

The British Academy, London

Public interest in business conduct has increased significantly in recent years. This has in part been driven by profound shifts in awareness due to the availability and diffusion of information, emphasized by recent well-publicized incidences of corporate malfeasance, and has been accompanied by an evolving set of expectations, values and norms relating to responsible practice and the role of businesses as public as well as private actors.

With public perceptions an ever more critical component to corporate success and maximizing shareholder value, it is critical to examine the extent to which changing expectations are reshaping corporate governance and business practice. State and private actors must also determine the most effective regulatory and economic avenues for achieving greater convergence between principles and practice in corporate social responsibility (CSR).

This conference will bring together policy-makers, business leaders and industry experts to consider key questions on the responsible business agenda, including:

  • The responsible business case: what are the incentives that are driving, or constraining, the trend towards more responsible business practices? What is the role of consumers and investors in this regard?
  • Operational integration: How can business look to integrate responsible business behaviours across all operations, as opposed to isolated CSR programmes and initiatives?
  •  Private companies as public actors: what are the societal expectations for responsible business practice and how are these likely to change? To what extent do these diverge from existing practices? 
  • Regulatory frameworks: what are the most significant ongoing legislative and judicial developments? Is regulation the key to incentivizing responsible behaviour?
  • The level playing field: does the adoption of responsible business principles put countries and corporations at an economic disadvantage? Is there a trade-off between responsibility and competitiveness?
  • Cooperative governance: what are the respective roles of government, business and civil society actors in fostering good governance? What are the barriers to increased cooperation? 

The Chatham House Rule 
To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Twitter 
Suggested hashtag: #CHBusiness

Pricing

For any questions about which rate applies to you, please contact Dora Rencoret on
+44 (0)20 7314 2785

 

RATE (+VAT)
 

  
Major corporate members  
All organizations£595
Standard corporate members 
Commercial organizations£1,180
Government departments£700
NGOs and academics£460
Non-members 
Commercial organizations£1,295
Government departments£750
NGOs and academics£510

Monday 21 November
0920

Session One | The Responsible Business Case
09:20 - 11:15

This session will examine the development of values and norms governing business conduct, assess the business case for improving corporate responsibility practices, and scrutinize the effectiveness of existing regulatory frameworks as a means of promoting better behaviour.

  • What are the public expectations for responsible business behaviour and how are they changing? To what extent do consumers and investors increasingly expect ‘private actors to adopt a public role’?
  • How critical is investor behaviour in driving responsible business practices?  
  • Where have these expectations translated into regulatory action, and in what areas have they not been met with regulatory intervention? Are responsible business practices necessarily more effective if underpinned by regulation, and how critical is ‘soft law’ in this space?
  • How has increased public awareness (via social and traditional media) transformed the role of the consumer? What are the implications of the increasingly powerful ‘court of public opinion’?
  • What does the experience of companies at the perceived vanguard of responsible conduct demonstrate about the commercial benefits of responsible business practices?
  • What concerns arise when assigning public service responsibilities to private actors? What tensions have emerged between competing private and public interest objectives?

Welcome and chair’s opening remarks
Bennett Freeman, Chair, Advisory Board, Global Witness; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, United States (1999-2001) 

Opening address
Janet Love, Commissioner, Electoral Commission of South Africa; Commissioner, South African Human Rights Commission (2009-16)​

Questions and Discussion

Speakers
Ole Lund Hansen, Chief of Business of Tomorrow, United Nations Global Compact
Jon Pender, Vice President, Government Affairs, Global Health, GSK​
Amol Mehra, Director, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable 

Questions and Discussion

UK Ministerial address
Margot James MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers, and Corporate Responsibility, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK

Questions and Discussion

11:15 – 11:45 Refreshments

Session Two | Business Operations and Human Rights
11:45 - 13:15

This session will look at the role of business in human rights internationally, evaluate ongoing regulatory developments, and assess effective avenues for further implementation.

  • How have recent international incidents concerning business operations and human rights, and their fallout, demonstrated a changing set of global values and norms, such as in relation to access to remedy? How will these continue to change?
  • What steps are required to implement a coherent and cohesive set of standards for business and human rights? How can fragmentation be avoided?  
  • What trends are emerging in national legislation concerning business and human rights, such as the Modern Slavery Act and ongoing National Action Plans? What are their implications?   
  • Does the proliferation of regulatory initiatives increase the risk of companies ‘picking and choosing’ those that they follow? 
  • To what extent have the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals been implemented by states and businesses? Which particular industries and sectors have been especially active, and what is preventing further implementation? 
  • How can the successes and failures of existing regulatory frameworks inform strategies for establishing future national action plans? 
  • To what extent have divergent levels of observance created concerns about establishing a level playing field between OECD and non-OECD countries?

Chair
Sally Uren, CEO, Forum for the Future

Keynote speaker
Prof Dr Aung Tun Thet, Presidential Economic Adviser, Myanmar

Questions and Discussion

Speakers
Stephen Lowe, Team Leader Human Rights and Democracy Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office 
Michael Posner, Co-Director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (2009-2013)
Christian Frutiger, Vice President, Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestlé  

Questions and Discussion

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch

Session Three | Business Transparency
14:15 - 15:25

This session will explore how recent events have increased the emphasis on the need for transparency as a fundamental expectation across different businesses, and scrutinize the key areas that merit attention.

  • To what extent have recent incidents revealed a gap between public expectations and business practices in relation to transparency?  
  • Where have transparency expectations been met? What measures or incentives have been successful in encouraging greater transparency and performance?
  • Does transparency increase consumer and investor trust? If so, in what ways does it achieve this? 
  • To what degree has supply chain transparency been a key area of focus? Where else has there been pressure to ‘narrow the governance gap’, and how do companies decide where to focus? 
  • What has been the effectiveness of existing regulatory frameworks aimed at encouraging transparency? What are the trade-offs of utilizing regulation in this way?
  • What are the drivers and implications of increased transparency for both business-to-business and customer transactions? How, if at all, should this be incentivized?

Chair
Leo Martin, Director and Co-founder, Good Corporation 

Speakers
Matthew Kirk, Group External Affairs Director, Vodafone​
James Ensor, Executive Director, BHP Billiton Foundation
Robert Barrington, Executive Director, Transparency International UK
Mairead Keigher, Advisor, Business and Human Rights, Shift​

Questions and Discussion

15:25 – 15:55 Refreshments

Session Four | Responsible Trade and Investment
15:55 - 17:20

This session will examine standards, values and perceptions regarding trade and investment practices, and evaluate whether existing rules encourage responsible behaviours.

  • How do sustainability and other responsible business concerns impact investment performance, and how is ‘social value’ linked to investment value? 
  • What norms and principles have emerged regarding international trade and investment, and to what extent have these been translated into practice?
  • What issues have emerged regarding dispute resolution and access to remedy from ongoing multilateral trade negotiations such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? 
  • What are the perceived compromises between competitiveness and responsibility in trade? How do they vary from region to region?
  • What criteria and measurements should be utilized when determining whether an investment is ‘responsible’? What additional criteria should be considered when investing in fragile or post-conflict states?

Chair
Elaine Moore, Capital Markets Correspondent, Financial Times

Speakers
Dr Ursina Krumpholz, Head of Division, Foreign Investments, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Sandra Gallina, Director for Sustainable Development, DG Trade, European Commission
Michael Gidney, CEO, Fairtrade Foundation 
Andrea Shemberg, Lead Investment and Human Rights Project, London School of Economics and Political Science 

Questions and Discussion

1720 End of conference and reception hosted by Chatham House


© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2016

 

 

Keynote Speakers

Speakers

Robert Barrington to speak at Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Robert Barrington

Executive Director, Transparency International UK

James Ensor to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

James Ensor

Executive Director, BHP Billiton Foundation

Bennett Freeman to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Bennett Freeman

Chair, Advisory Board, Global Witness; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, United States (1999-2001)

Christian Frutiger to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Christian Frutiger

Vice President, Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestlé

Sandra Gallina to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Sandra Gallina

Director for Sustainable Development; EPA, ACP, Agrifood and Fisheries, DG Trade, European Commission

Michael Gidney to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Michael Gidney

CEO, Fairtrade Foundation

Ole Lund Hansen to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Ole Lund Hansen

Chief, Business of Tomorrow, United Nations Global Compact

Mairead Keigher to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Mairead Keigher

Advisor, Business and Human Rights, Shift

Matthew Kirk to speak at the Chatham House Cyber 2016 conference

Matthew Kirk

Group External Affairs Director, Vodafone Group plc

Dr Ursina Krumpholz to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Dr Ursina Krumpholz

Head of Division, Foreign Investments, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Stephen Lowe

Team Leader Human Rights and Democracy Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Leo Martin to speak at Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Leo Martin

Director & Co-Founder, GoodCorporation

Amol Mehra to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Amol Mehra

Director, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

Elaine Moore to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Elaine Moore

Capital Markets Correspondent, Financial Times

Jon Pender to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Jon Pender

Vice President, Government Affairs, Global Health, GSK

Professor Mike Posner to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business conference

Professor Michael H. Posner

Co-Director, Center for Business and Human Rights, Stern School of Business, NYU and Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy (2009-13)

Andrea Shemberg to speak at Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Andrea Shemberg

Lead Investment and Human Rights Project, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr Sally Uren to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Dr Sally Uren

CEO, Forum for the Future

Sponsors

BHP Billiton to sponsor the Chatham House Responsible Business conference


GSK to sponsor the Responsible Business 2016 conference
 

Nestle to sponsor Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Vodafone to sponsor the Chatham House Cyber 2016 conference

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Ben Cumming on
+44 (0) 20 7957 5729

Professor Michael H. Posner

Co-Director, Center for Business and Human Rights, Stern School of Business, NYU and Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy (2009-13) 

Professor Mike Posner to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business conference

See interview here

Lindiwe Mokate

Commissioner, South African Human Rights Commission

Lindiwe Mokate to speak at Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

See interview here

Robert Barrington

Executive Director, Transparency International UK

Robert Barrington to speak at Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

See interview here

Sandra Gallina

Director for Sustainable Development; EPA, ACP, Agrifood and Fisheries, DG Trade, European Commission

Sandra Gallina to speak at the Responsible Business 2016 conference

See interview here

Michael Gidney

CEO, Fairtrade Foundation

Michael Gidney to speak at the Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

See interview here

Media partners

CBI media partner of Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference

Food Drink Europe to partner with Chatham House on A Sustainable Food Future 2016 conference
Forum for the Future to partner with Chatham House on the Responsible Business 2016 conference

GoodCorporation to partner with Chatham House on the Responsible Business 2016 conference

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to partner with Chatham House on the Global Trade 2016 conference

ICRS media partner of Chatham House Responsible Business 2016 conference


If you are interested in becoming a media partner for this event, please contact Amy Smith on
+44 (0)20 7957 5755

Venue

The British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AH 

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Due to refurbishment works at Chatham House in the summer, please note that this conference will not be held at Chatham House and will take place at the above venue.

Accommodation
Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at the hotels below, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability and that these hotels are situated near Chatham House rather than the conference venue.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London - W1J 7BH

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817

Standard Single from £195 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London - SW1Y 6JF

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125

Standard Single £205 + VAT

Book The Cavendish online

The Stafford London 
St James's Place
London - SW1A 1NJ

Tel: 020 7518 1125
Fax: 020 7493 7121

Standard Single £235 +VAT

The Savoy London
Strand
London - WC2R 0EU

Tel: 020 7836 4343
Fax: 020 7240 6040 

Standard Single from £250 +VAT

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