DAY 1 - Thursday 26 June 2014



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08:00 - 09:00 Registration

09:30 - 11:45

Room CC4

Welcoming remarks and opening address

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD - Transcript
Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands - Transcript
Luc Rousseau, Chairman of the Economic Council to the Minister of Economy, France

Reinforcing the ecosystem of responsibility

During this session, panellists will take stock of the advances in the global responsible business conduct (RBC) field since the inaugural Global Forum in June 2013. Particular focus will be given to developments in emerging economies and challenging investment environments.

Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard 


  • Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands
  • Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Ravi Ratnayake, Director of Trade and Investment, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
  • Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Alexandra Guáqueta, Chair, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships, International Labour Organisation
  • Philip Jennings, General Secretary, UNI Global Union
  • Janos Pasztor, Executive Director, Conservation, WWF International

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

12:00 - 12:45

Room CC4

Room CC7

Brownbag lunch presentations:

UNCTAD presentation of the 2014 World Investment Report

OECD presentation on updating the RBC chapter of the OECD Policy Framework for Investment 

13:30 - 15:30

Room CC4

Grievance mechanism of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

This session will focus on how to make the unique grievance mechanism of the Guidelines more effective. Discussions will centre on practical experiences with good offices, the added value of mediation, and the contribution of National Contact Points (NCPs) in resolving human rights issues. NCPs' problem solving function will also be addressed.

Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair, OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct

Keynote address  
Alexandra Guáqueta, Chair, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

David Kovick, Senior Advisor, Shift


  • Hans Petter Graver, Chair, NCP, Norway
  • Danish Chopra, National Contact Point, UK
  • Thierry Dedieu, Syndicat CFDT, National Contact Point, France
  • Christopher Schuller, Legal Adviser, German Institute for Human Rights
  • Winand Quaedvlieg, Chair, BIAC
  • Dwight Justice, Policy Advisor, Economic and Social Policy, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, Senior Researcher and Coordinator, OECD Watch


15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 18:30

Room CC4

Rana Plaza aftermath: Responsible supply chains in the textiles and garment sector

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 Q3 2014.

Paul Hunsinger, President, National Contact Point, France

Keynote addresses  
Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands
Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh
Pascale Andreani, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OECD, France


  • Benedetta Francesconi, National Contact Point, Italy
  • Christy Hoffman, Deputy General Secretary, UNI Global
  • Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships, International Labour Organisation
  • Elena Peresso, Member, Karel De Gucht's Private Office, European Commissioner for Trade
  • Benedetta Francesconi, National Contact Point, Italy
  • Reaz Bin Mahmood, Vice President of Finance, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA)
  • Shukkur Mahmud, President, Jatiya Sramik League, Bangaldesh
  • Matthijs Crietee, Deputy Secretary General, International Apparel Federation (IAF)
  • Joris Oldenziel, Head, Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement, Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
  • Ineke Zeldenrust, International Coordinator, Clean Clothes Campaign

18:30 - 20:00

Cocktail reception

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Special events

13:30 - 15:30

Room CC7

Responsible business conduct in Myanmar

This event will focus on why responsible investment is essential for Myanmar's continued development. The findings of the recent OECD Investment Policy Review of Myanmar, and the recent RBC-specific initiatives in Myanmar will be presented.

Marine de Carne de Trecesson, Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility, France
Benedetta Francesconi, National Contact Point, Italy

Keynote address
Aung Naing Oo, Director General, Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, Government of Myanmar 


  • Stephen Thomsen, Head, OECD Investment Policy Reviews 
  • Alan Krill, Foreign Affairs Officer, Business and Human Rights Section, US State Department
  • Khine Khine Nwe, Member, Myanmar Investment Commission and Joint-Secretary, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Aung Tun Thet, President’s Economic Advisor and UN Global Compact Representative
  • Ed Potter, Director, Global Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Julie Vallat, Head, Ethics and Human Rights Department, Legal Division, Total
  • Zaw Oo, National Co-ordinator, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
  • Vicky Bowman, Director, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business
  • Marc Levy, Director, GRET

16:00 - 18:30

Room CC7

Responsible business conduct in Central Asia and South Caucasus

This event will focus on the role of responsible business conduct in building healthy business environments in Central Asia and South Caucasus and the role of 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.

Manfred Schekulin, Chair, OECD Investment Committee 

Keynote address
Yerlan Sagadiyev, Vice-Minister of Industry and New Technologies, Kazakhstan 
Ketevan Bochorishvili, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia

OECD presentation
Marie-France Houde, Head of Unit, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, OECD 



  • Massimo de Mauro, Vice-President, Kazakhstan, Exploration - Production, Total
  • Bjorn Brandtzaeg, Chief Executive Officer, Clear Energy Group
  • Abelgazi K. Kussainov, Chairman, Federation of Trade Unions, Kazakhstan
  • Rinad Temirbekov, Executive Director, Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia
  • Naila Mukhtarova, Deputy Head, Secretariat of the Committee on Social Partnerships, National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan


  • Michael Cowgill, Board of Directors, American Chamber of Commerce, Georgia, and President, Georgian American University
  • Irina Kvakhadze, Deputy CEO, Business Association of Georgia
  • Ketevan Vashakidze, President, Eurasia Partnership Foundation
  • Irakli Petriashvili, President, Trade Unions Confederation, Georgia 

Lead Respondent
Dimitri Japaridze, Director, Business Research Center, Ilia State University


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