Global Goals Forum Workshop 2 - Mandatory and voluntary approaches to CSR: How can we achieve a “Smart Mix“?

2pm - 4pm | 10 October | Berlin

Sustainable development requires appropriate political and other instruments, including with regard to the private sector’s social responsibility. The question here is not one of mandatory versus voluntary approaches, but one of how different approaches can be combined and integrated in the most effective way.

In this context, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – the internationally accepted framework for companies’ human rights responsibilities – call for a “Smart Mix” of measures.

Against this background, the workshop seeks to address the following guiding questions: What kind of approaches are there (public, private, mandatory, voluntary, national, European / international)? How can they be effectively combined? What role do different actors – from business, civil society, politics – have to play in developing and implementing a smart mix?


  • Steve Gibbons, Director, Ergon Associates


Setting the scene:

  • Tyler Gillard, Head of Sector Projects, Responsible Business Conduct Unit, OECD

Panel Discussion:

  • Dr. Anna-Maria Schneider, Senior Policy Officer Sustainability Standards, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Berthold Welling, Executive Director, Legal and Fiscal Affairs, Sustainability, German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) 
  • Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director & Head of Europe Office, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Company representative - TBA 

Followed by break-out discussion in groups, summary and closing remarks