2018 program


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 13-14, 2018

The Coca-Cola Company’s World Headquarters
One Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia

The Engaging Business Forum series 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. At this year’s forum, participants will come away with a deeper understanding of collaboration through partnerships to address business and human rights trends and developments. A variety of cutting-edge issues in this important field will be covered from different viewpoints.



September 13- AGENDA
8:00 – 8:30 Participant Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:35Welcome, Conference Objectives and Agenda
  • Jennifer Mann, Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  • 8:35 – 9:15Keynote speech "Collaboration for a fairer Globalization
  • Guy Ryder, CBE, Director-General of the International Labor Organization
  • Introduction by James Quincey, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  • 9:15-10:30Ten years "protect-respect-remedy" framework: What impact has it had so far? What needs to change? Where is stronger collaboration necessary?

    Brent Wilton, Director Global Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State
  • Mthunzi Mdwaba, Chair of the IOE Policy Working Group on Human Rights and Responsible Business Conduct
  • Abby Maxman, President Oxfam America

  • Q&A
    10:45-11:45Partnerships and Collaborations to increase leverage and address business and human rights trends and developments- what works and what doesn't?

    Laura Chapman Rubbo, Director of Responsible Governance & Supply Chain Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company
  • Dan Rees, Director of Better Work, ILO
  • Didier Bergeret, Director, Global Social Compliance Programme, CGF
  • Jeff Rice, Vice President Responsible Sourcing, Walmart
  • David Lawrence, Chairman, AIM-Progress

  • Q&A
    11:45-12:45Human Rights Defenders. What business can and should do- alone and in partnerships

    Adam Smith-Anthony, Head of Business & Human Rights, Omnia Strategy LLP
  • Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Vanessa Zimmerman, Human Rights Advisor, Rio Tinto (pending)
  • Bennett Freeman, Principal, Bennett Freeman Associates LLC
  • Margaret Jungk, Managing Director, Human Rights, BSR

  • Q&A
    1:30-2:30Access to Remedy- Practical and concrete steps to make it real

    Heidi Koester Oliveira, Senior Manager Global Human Rights, MARS
  • Anita Ramasastry, Member of the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights and University of Washington School of Law Professor and Faculty Director, International, Transnational and Comparative Law Programs
  • Stefan Marculewicz, International Labor Lawyer, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Amol Mehra, Managing Director, North America, Freedom Fund
  • Jack Scott, VP Head of Sustainability and RS, Nestle North America

  • Q&A
    2:30-3:30Round Table Discussion and Report Out on practical experiences and approaches to improve access to remedy in the supply chain
    3:45-4:45Driving inclusion and addressing discrimination

    Dan Bross, Senior Advisor, Article One
  • Andrew Davis, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Audra Jenkins, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Randstad North America
  • Andre du Plessis, Executive Director, The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)

  • Q&A
    4:45-5:30Human Rights and Sustainability
  • Bea Perez, Senior Vice President, Chief Public Affairs and Communications & Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

  • Concluding Remarks
  • John Morrison, Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • 5:30-7:00Cocktail Reception at TCCC's headquarters


    September 14- AGENDA
    8:00-8:30Participant Check-in and Continental Breakfast
    8:30-8:35Welcome, Meeting Objectives and Agenda

    Shauna Byrnes, Global Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company
    8:35-9:45Wages and livelihood in the supply chain- coming to grips with the Gordian knot

    Rachel Davis, Managing Director of Shift
  • Cecilia Tiblad Berntsson, Social Sustainability Manager, H&M
  • Peter McAllister, Executive Director, ETI
  • Rutger Goethart, Manager International Labour Relations, Heineken
  • Benjamin Gatland, Executive Director, Partner Africa

  • Q&A
    10:00-11:00Understanding the Supply Chain- How to harness the potential of cutting edge technology

    Jay Celorie, Human Rights Officer, HP, Inc.
  • Shally Pannikode, Vice President of Information Technology, Anthem
  • Alan Wild, Vice President Human Resources; Employee and Labor Relations, IBM
  • Antoine Heuty, Founder & CEO, Ulula

  • Q&A
    11:00-11:15Gideon Maltz: Executive Director of the Tent Partnership for Refugees
    11:15-12:00Up-date on key initiatives on business and human rights at national and international level

  • Matthias Thorns, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, International Organization of Employers
  • Gabriella Rigg Herzog, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs, USCIB
  • Stefan J. Marculewicz, Co-Chair, International Labor Law Policy Subcommittee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

  • Q&A

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