April 2015 USCIB Corporate Responsibility Committee Meeting

DCDATE: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TIME: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

LOCATION: Baker & McKenzie LLP

White House Conference Room

815 Connecticut Ave NW #900

Washington, DC 20006



9:00 – 9:15  Welcome & Announcements Laura Chapman Rubbo, Chair (The Walt Disney Company)


9:15 – 9:30  USCIB by the Numbersa brief presentation of data on USCIB members’ CSR reporting (in the aggregate)


9:30 – 10:15  Overview of Developmentsthe neest reporting initiatives, regulatory frameworks and tools

  • European Legislation:
    • New Non-financial Reporting Disclosure Mandate in The EU
    • French bill on the duty of care in relation to subsidiaries and subcontractors of French companies

Additional background:  newest empirical research on human rights implementation by companies


10:15 – 10:30  Coffee Break


10:30 – 12:20  Roundtable of Experts on Corporate Sustainability Reporting – a variety of investment-side analysts and market players reflect on how CSR reporting is analyzed, quantified, ranked and used in investment decisions – and whether there is just too much of it!


12:30 – 1:30  Meet the Author: John Morrison, “The Social License to Operate(via video conference)


1:45 – 2:20  Update on the UN Sustainable Development Goals Process
Financing for Development Tam Nguyen (Bechtel), Brian Lowery (Monsanto) and Ariel Meyerstein (USCIB


2:20 – 2:45  USCIB’s Business for Post-2015 Website & ways to get involved in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda Ariel Meyerstein (USCIB)


2:45 – 3:15  IPIECA’s Operational Grievance Mechanisms ReportGabriella Rigg Herzog  (Hess Corp.) (guidance on implementation drawing on seven pilot projects and other shared learning)


3:15 – 4:00  Update on Access to Remedy Initiatives Matthias Thorns (International Organization of Employers)

  • Office of the High Commissioner Access to Domestic Remedy  Work Plan
  • ABA White Paper on the proposed international legally binding instrument on business and human rights


4:00 – 4:15  Coffee Break


4:15 – 4:30  Update on OECD Responsible Business Conduct Proactive Agenda Projects and other OECD Initiatives – Laura Chapman Rubbo (The Walt Disney Company) & Ariel Meyerstein (USCIB)


4:30 – 5:30  Briefing and Strategy Session on US National Action Plan on
Responsible Business Conduct –
Laura Chapman Rubbo (The Walt Disney Company) & Tam Nguyen (Bechtel)

  • New York Consultation on the U.S. National Action Plan Breakout Session Summaries
  • Washington DC Consultation on the U.S. National Action Plan Agenda

Staff Contact:   Ewa Staworzynska

Director, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs
Tel: 212.703.5056

Ewa Staworzynska is USCIB’s Director of Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs. Staworzynska brings to USCIB her extensive policy experience from both public and private sectors. Prior to joining USCIB, she led DoorDash’s policy efforts in international markets and was in charge of diplomatic relations. Before her position at DoorDash, Staworzynska was an officer at the International Labor Organization (ILO), where she worked multilaterally to advance support for decent work and related policies at UN headquarters. Staworzynska began her career in New York working for a real estate start-up. Staworzynska will be based in USCIB’s New York office and will work with Jose Arroyo, USCIB policy associate on corporate responsibility and labor affairs, on a wide range of issues, including human rights and industrial policy, responsible business conduct, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She was born and raised in Norway and has a B.A. in Economics and M.A. in International Relations, with a specialty in International Business, from New York University.
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