What's on the agenda at the 2014 Global Forum for Responsible Business Conduct?

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The 2nd Global Forum for Responsible Business Conduct takes place on 26-27 June 2014 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France. …

The 2nd Global Forum for Responsible Business Conduct takes place on 26-27 June 2014 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France.

Find out more or register your participation at: http://mneguidelines.oecd.org/globalforumonresponsiblebusinessconduct/

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  • 1. DRAFT PROGRAMME OUTLINE Thursday, 26 June 2014 08:00 – 09:00 Registration 09:30 – 10:00 Welcoming Remarks and Opening Address 10:00 – 12:00 Reinforcing the Ecosystem of Responsibility In this opening plenary, panellists will take stock of the advances in the global Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) field since the inaugural meeting of the Global Forum in June 2013. Particular focus will be given to developments in emerging economies and challenging investment environments. Approaches to RBC in Southeast Asia will be featured in light of the launch of the new OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme. 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Special presentations:  UNCTAD 2014 World Investment Report  Update of the Policy Framework for Investment: Chapter on Responsible Business Conduct 13:30 – 15:30 Grievance Mechanism of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises Special Event: Responsible Business Conduct in Myanmar This session will focus on how to make the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises unique grievance mechanism more effective. Discussed will be the practical experience with good offices, the added value of mediation, and the contribution of the National Contact Points in resolving human rights issues. This special event will focus on why responsible investment is essential for Myanmar’s continued development. The findings of the new OECD Investment Policy Review and the recent RBC- specific initiatives in Myanmar will be presented. 15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break 16:00 – 18:30 Rana Plaza Aftermath: Responsible Supply Chains in the Textiles and Garment Sector Special Event: Responsible Business Conduct in Central Asia and South Caucasus This session will feature the global efforts undertaken to build responsible supply chains in the textile and garment sector principally since the April 2013 Rana Plaza accident. It will include discussion of initiatives taken by government, business and civil society, particularly in relation to the June 2013 Declaration of National Contact Points. This session will also be an opportunity to have preliminary discussions that could feed into the joint OECD/ILO Roundtable planned for the fall of 2014. This special event will focus on the role of RBC in building healthy business environments in Central Asia and South Caucasus and the role investors can play in sustainable and inclusive development. A new OECD publication series, featuring Kazakhstan and Georgia, on the challenges and opportunities investors face in translating RBC principles and standards into practice will be presented. 18:30 – 20:00 Cocktail Reception
  • 2. Friday, 27 June 2014 08:00 – 09:00 Registration 09:30 – 12:00 Stakeholder Engagement and Due Diligence in the Extractive Sector Special Event: ISO Sustainable Procurement This session will feature the progress achieved on development of a due diligence guide on stakeholder engagement in the extractive industry. This special event will focus on the efforts to develop a new ISO standard on sustainable procurement. It will assess the interests of businesses and consumers in the development of such a norm and will consider the next steps. 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Special presentations:  International Trade Centre: Demonstrating Convergence in RBC through Standards Map Tool  OECD Watch: Toolkit for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprise 13:30 – 15:00 Responsible Business Conduct along Agricultural Supply Chains This session will bring together high-level participants to discuss the major risks faced by agri-business investors and the ways of mitigating them to ensure that agricultural investment brings benefits to host countries and societies. While agricultural investment can create employment and bring expertise and financing capacities for enhancing global food security, investors may be confronted with ethical dilemmas and risks of infringing internationally agreed standards of responsible business conduct, particularly in contexts of weak governance or insecure land rights. The conclusions will feed into the joint FAO-OECD work on responsible business conduct. 15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break 15:15 – 16:45 Responsible Business Conduct in the Financial Sector The session will explore practical approaches to due diligence in various real-life scenarios and across the range of financial sector products and services, drawing from the recent discussions within the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, United Nations and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the application of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises to the financial sector. 16:45 – 17:15 Closing Plenary: Moving Forward