Responsible Business Conduct - Gearing up EU Action

Brussels | 19 March

The debate in the EU on responsible business conduct has evolved greatly in the past 5 years and now before the European elections in May, it is time to take stock of where the EU is. But, most importantly we need to look ahead. How do the instruments currently at EU’s disposal serve the purpose of fully integrating the private sector into achieving a sustainable future? How do we bridge the still existing gaps? And how can the EU achieve the target of sustainable business within the upcoming 5-year period?

This event will bring together different sectors working towards increased sustainability in the private sector in order to have a dialogue, understand the synergies as well as the remaining gaps in the wider field of responsible business conduct. The RBC wg will launch a Shadow EU Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct in the event.

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Agenda of the event:

8.30 Registration and coffee

Welcome 
Heidi Hautala, MEP/RBC wg Chair 
Opening speech 
Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP

Jeffrey Sachs (video) 
Chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network,
Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University 
Saeeda Khatoon
Vice-president of the Baldia Factory Fire Affectees Association

Panel I : Addressing barriers to sustainable business conduct throughout global supply chains

Gabriela Quijano, Acting Head of Business and Human Rights, Amnesty International
Virginie Mahin, Global Social Sustainability & Human Rights Lead, Mondelez International 
Andy Hall, Human Rights Defender 
Duncan Brack, Environmental Policy Analyst

*** coffee break ***

Presentation of the
Shadow EU Action Plan for Responsible Business Conduct

Panel II : Achieving the transformation to sustainable business

Salla Saastamoinen, Director for Civil and Commercial Justice, DG Justice
Filip Gregor, Chair of the ECCJ
Lea Rankinen, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, S Group, Co-Chair of Amfori Board
Hannah Mowat, Forest and climate campaigner, FERN
Richard Howitt, CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council

Conclusions & Closing Remarks 
Jude Kirton-Darling, MEP

12.30 Light lunch served at the venue