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2014 Global Forum on
Responsible Business Conduct
SG“As we have seen from recent
tragic examples of
irresponsible business conduct,
competing on the least
common denominator has
resulted in failure to provide
even the most basic safety
conditions for workers. This is
not an acceptable status quo.
Society’s expectations of
responsible business conduct
cannot be ignored.”
Angel Gurría
OECD Secretary-General
“We see a glimpse of a better
future here. To engage or not
to engage is one of the true
dilemmas for the business
community. But we now have a
starting point for solving this
dilemma: The OECD Guidelines
for Multinational Enterprises
on Responsible Business
Conduct and the UN Guiding
Principles on Business and
Human Rights…. They provide
the framework for new efforts
to improve corporate ethics.”
Lilianne Ploumen
Minister for Foreign Trade and
Development Cooperation
Netherlands
“The OECD’s Guidelines for Responsible
Business Conduct provide a framework
that companies around the world can use
to help manage how they operate in local
markets. At The Coca-Cola Company, we
have incorporated the ideals of the
Guidelines into both our Supplier Guiding
Principles and Sustainable Agriculture
Guiding Principles. Why? Because we
understand that the future strength and
vitality of our business will be directly
proportional to the strength and vitality
of the communities we proudly serve. By
acting responsibly across our own
business and collaborating with others to
address the key priorities of women,
water and wellbeing, we believe we have
a significant and growing opportunity to
create value not only for our shareowners
and business partners but for an ever-
expanding group of individuals, families
and communities.”
Muhtar Kent
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
Howitt
“After the attention last
year to the fatal
Bangladesh factory
disaster, it's important
not only to focus on what
is fashionable - especially
with the grim irony that
abuses took place in the
fashion industry itself.”
Richard Howitt
European Parliament
Rapporteur on Corporate
Social Responsibility
European Union
“We need to move beyond
rhetoric. Consensus at a policy
level does not automatically
translate into successful
implementation on the
ground. For that we need
leaders from all sectors of
society who are ready to
champion responsible business
conduct and fair competition.”
Angel Gurría
OECD Secretary-General

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Who said what at the 2014 Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

  • 1. Quote book 2014 Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct
  • 2. SG“As we have seen from recent tragic examples of irresponsible business conduct, competing on the least common denominator has resulted in failure to provide even the most basic safety conditions for workers. This is not an acceptable status quo. Society’s expectations of responsible business conduct cannot be ignored.” Angel Gurría OECD Secretary-General
  • 3. “We see a glimpse of a better future here. To engage or not to engage is one of the true dilemmas for the business community. But we now have a starting point for solving this dilemma: The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights…. They provide the framework for new efforts to improve corporate ethics.” Lilianne Ploumen Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Netherlands
  • 4. “The OECD’s Guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct provide a framework that companies around the world can use to help manage how they operate in local markets. At The Coca-Cola Company, we have incorporated the ideals of the Guidelines into both our Supplier Guiding Principles and Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles. Why? Because we understand that the future strength and vitality of our business will be directly proportional to the strength and vitality of the communities we proudly serve. By acting responsibly across our own business and collaborating with others to address the key priorities of women, water and wellbeing, we believe we have a significant and growing opportunity to create value not only for our shareowners and business partners but for an ever- expanding group of individuals, families and communities.” Muhtar Kent Chairman and Chief Executive Officer The Coca-Cola Company
  • 5. Howitt “After the attention last year to the fatal Bangladesh factory disaster, it's important not only to focus on what is fashionable - especially with the grim irony that abuses took place in the fashion industry itself.” Richard Howitt European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility European Union
  • 6. “We need to move beyond rhetoric. Consensus at a policy level does not automatically translate into successful implementation on the ground. For that we need leaders from all sectors of society who are ready to champion responsible business conduct and fair competition.” Angel Gurría OECD Secretary-General