Managing Human Rights in Operations and Supply Chains

Business and Human Rights Conference

April 28, 2008

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How do — and how should — managers address human rights issues within their organizations' own operations and in their supply chains? The conference brought together senior managers of companies from across the United States with thought leaders from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scholars from Harvard University, and representatives from the United Nations. Keynote speakers include Mary Robinson (President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative) and Professor John Ruggie (Harvard Professor and United Nations Special Representative on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations).

The conference focused on:

  • Understanding business risks regarding human rights
  • Setting policies and addressing stakeholder expectations
  • Monitoring and reporting progress

The United Nations Global Compact Office produced a meeting summary.

This conference was organized by Professor Michael Toffel and the U.S. Network of the United Nations Global Compact.