2016 Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct - DAY 1


Wednesday 8 June 2016


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Day 2 programme


08:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Room CC1

Welcoming Remarks and Opening Address

The Guidelines at 40 - what has been achieved and where to go from here?

10:00 – 13:00

Room CC1

Making an impact through responsible business

Two panels at this opening plenary will discuss concrete measures that governments and other actors are taking to promote responsible business conduct principles and standards and ensure that they make an impact. This includes a range of innovations, from policies aimed at addressing impacts throughout the supply chains to voluntary agreements between governments and businesses to enhanced disclosure requirements and new engagement models that financial institutions and financial service providers are implementing in order to promote responsible business conduct among their clients.

10:00 – 11:15: Making an impact through innovative policies

The first panel will focus on recent government efforts to promote responsible business conduct both at home and abroad. Session note

Remarks by Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff, G20 Sherpa and Special Counsellor to the Secretary-General

Moderator: Douglas Frantz, Deputy Secretary General, OECD

  • Marten van den Berg, Director-General, Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
  • Signe Ratso, Director, Trade Strategy and Analysis, Market Access, EU 
  • Pierre Duquesne, Ambassador to the OECD, France
  • Harrison Cooter, Head, Transparency in Supply Chains Policy, UK Home Office
  • Aung Tun Thet, Focal Point on Responsible Business Conduct, Government of Myanmar

11:45 – 13:00: Using leverage to advance responsible business

The second panel will discuss how financial institutions and financial service providers are using their significant leverage to promote RBC among their clients and in their own operations.

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

13:00 - 14:30


Lunch break

WWF lunch session: Protecting World Heritage Sites and the role of the OECD Guidelines

This lunchtime session will discuss the importance of natural World Heritage Sites and the role that they can play in delivering beneficial sustainable development outcomes to people and nature. The threats these sites currently face will be examined, while the steps that some companies and banks have already taken to ensure their preservation will be highlighted. The session will also explore the role of the OECD Guidelines in support of these sites and the extent to which they can help create an enabling environment for responsible investment in and around such sites. 

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

  • Mechtild Rössler, Director, UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • Okko-Pekka Salmimies, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to UNESCO and the OECD, Finland
  • Sandy Stash, Group Vice President, Safety, Sustainability and External Affairs, Tullow Oil Plc
  • Giulia Guidi, Executive Director, Global Environmental & Social Risk Management, JP Morgan
  • Zach Abraham, Director of Global Campaigns, WWF International 

14:30 - 16:00

Room CC1

Addressing severe human rights impacts in global supply chains

In light of recently publicised cases of human trafficking and modern slavery in global supply chains (e.g. on fishing boats, cocoa plantations, and cotton farms), this session will explore concrete tools to prevent and mitigate severe human rights impacts, building on the OECD-FAO Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains and the forthcoming OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector. Session note


  • Lene Wendland, Head, Business & Human Rights Team, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


  • Klara Skrivankova, Europe Programme and Advocacy Coordinator, Anti-Slavery International
  • Sawit Kaewvarn, General Secretary of State Enterprise Workers' Relations Confederation
  • Dante Pesce, Chair, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • Thomas Kendrick, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Francesco Tramontin, Director of External Affairs Europe, Mondelez International
  • Giovanni di Cola, Special Advisor to Multilaterals, Office of the Deputy Director General, ILO

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:00

Room CC1

Taxation and responsible business conduct

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises recognise that it is important for enterprises to contribute to the public finances by making timely payment of their tax liabilities. Corporate citizenship implies complying with both the letter and spirit of the tax laws and regulations of the countries in which businesses operate. The Guidelines also recommend that enterprises treat tax governance and tax compliance as important elements of their oversight and broader risk management systems. This message was reinforced in the latest version of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. The OECD/G20 BEPS Project, launched in 2013, has responded to calls for a fairer international tax system, curtailing the gaps and mismatches in the international tax system to put an end to double non-taxation and ensure more transparency. Greater transparency facilitates use of “cooperative compliance” programmes established by tax administrations, which ensure payment of the right amount of tax at the right time and certainty for taxpayers. This session will look at what responsible business conduct means in the context of taxation.


  • Caroline Malcom, Counsellor, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD


18:00 - 20:00

Salon du Parc

Cocktail Reception

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This event is a sustainable event, organised in line with the OECD's environmental policy.


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