Putting people and the planet at the core of business

Fostering Sustainable Supply Chains and Responsible Business Conduct: G2017 and Beyond

Civil 20 Summit

HafenCity University, Hamburg, Germany

June 19, 2017 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

The current global economy depends heavily on the use and functioning of global supply chains. However, in order for these supply chains to help further global social and economic development, they must be sustainable—meaning they adhere to fundamental labour, social, and environmental standards. In order for G20 countries to advance Agenda 2030, they must take concrete steps to drive responsibility and accountability in the private sector towards the Sustainable Development Goals.  

CORE Director Marilyn Croser will speak alongside actors from civil society, labour, business, and government at this workshop. Speakers will discuss the importance of due diligence and transparency in identifying, preventing, mitigating, tracking, and communicating possible human rights or labour rights violations, corruption, and adverse environmental impacts throughout supply chains. 

This two-part discussion will first analyse the role of the G20 in promoting sustainable supply chains, before taking a deeper dive into some of the salient human rights issues in global supply chains and concrete actions States have and can take to address them. 

Panel I: Sustainable Supply Chains and the Role of the G20 

This panel will discuss general issues in relation to sustainable global supply chains, highlighting the importance of broader G20 commitments in relation to the issue. The discussion will overview the policy recommendations of the C20, L20, and B20 in this regard, reflect on steps taken during the German G20 presidency, and identify leadership opportunities across engagement groups during the Argentinean G20 presidency.

Moderator: Cindy Woods, Legal and Policy Associate, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

• Maria Emilia Berazategui, Governance and Political Institutions Director, Poder Ciudadano 

• Sabine Siehl, Member of the Speaker Council, Ecogood Hamburg 

• Frank Zach, Head of Unit, Dep’t International and European Trade Union Policy, German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB)

• Christopher Schuller, Legal Advisor, Business and Human Rights, German National Human Rights Institute (DIMR)

Panel II: Elements of a Responsible Supply Chain 

This panel will take a deeper dive into some of the salient human rights issues in global supply chains, including mandatory due diligence, transparency and reporting, responsible recruitment, corruption, and digitalization, and what steps are being taken by business and government to address these issues. Panellists will also discuss the shift from voluntary to mandatory requirements for business entities to ensure responsible global supply chains.  

Moderator: Sarah McGrath, Legal and Policy Director, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

• Prof. Dr. Edda Müller, Chair of the Board, Transparency International Germany 

• Scott Jerbi, Senior Advisor, Policy and Outreach, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)

• Richard Wingfield, Legal Officer, Global Partners Digital

• Marilyn Croser, Director, CORE Coalition  

• Sarah Lincoln, Policy Advisor on Business and Human Rights, Bread for the World