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Upcoming Events

January 30, 2012: Harvard Malaria Forum: Business Approaches to Global Malaria. Panelists include Suzanne McCarron (President, ExxonMobil Foundation), Jane Nelson (Director, CSR Initiative), Josephine Ojiambo (Ambassador from Kenya to the UN), Daniel Stern (CEO, Reservoir Capital), Naohiro Takahashi (President, Sumitomo Chemical America), and several faculty from HSPH including Regina Rabinovich, Jay Winsten, and Dyann Wirth. The panel will be moderated by Rajesh Garg, Director at McKinsey, and hosted by Tom Healey, Senior Fellow at M-RCBG. 4-6 pm, Nye ABC (Taubman 5th Floor). A networking reception will follow.

February 14, 2012: Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series: Reinforcing Regulatory Regimes: How States, Civil Society, and Codes of Conduct Promote Adherence to Global Labor Standards, featuring Professor Mike Toffel of Harvard Business School. 11:45 am - 1 pm, Bell Hall. Lunch will be served.

Videos from Recent Events

On December 4, 2012, CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie delivered the keynote remarks at the United Nation's first annual Forum on Business and Human Rights. The Forum is designed to promote the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, work led by Ruggie in his role as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General. This internationally accepted set of principles provide a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of negative human rights impacts linked to business activity. (Ruggie's remarks run from 5:00 to 23:40). December 2012

On June 21, 2012, The International Youth Foundation hosted Youth@Work, a conference looking at how to ensure that the 1.2 billion world citizens aged 15-24 are engines for social and economic progress. CSRI Director Jane Nelson spoke on a panel on Providing Solutions: What Companies Are Doing to Employ and Engage Vulnerable Youth. (1:21:22) June 2012

In May 2012, CSRI Director Jane Nelson spoke at the Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe)/U.S. Department of State roundtable discussion on Creating Sustainability on the Global Stage. Here she discusses the benefits of collective action, including and especially cross-sector coalitions. (2:53) May 2012

CSRI Director Jane Nelson speaks at a panel at the Brookings Institution on "The Private Sector and Sustainable Development: Market-Based Solutions for Addressing Global Challenges." The audio file from the event, which was moderated by Brookings' Kemal Dervis, includes Nelson's fellow panelists Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart International, and Bruce McNamer, president and CEO of TechnoServe. (1:17:14) November 2011

CSRI Director Jane Nelson speaks at a panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) focusing on how the private sector can be a partner in international development and ways in which the U.S. government can take fuller advantage of these partnerships. The panel marked the publication of a new CSIS report, "Seizing the Opportunity in Public-Private Partnerships: Strengthening Capacity at the State Department, USAID, and MCC," to which Nelson and CSRI Fellow Alex Denny contributed. (1:53:53) November 2011

CSRI Director Jane Nelson talks about three levels of corporate sustainability leadership and highlights a few pioneers in this video from the University of Cambridge. Nelson's paper, "Corporate Sustainability Leadership at the Edge," is associated with the discussion. (11:00) October 2011

CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie explains the new Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which he developed in his role as the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights. The Principles, designed to prevent human rights abuses related to business activities, were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council on June 16, 2011. (2:35) June 2011

CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie discusses global standards for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse human rights impacts linked to business activity. Ruggie developed these standards in his role as the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights. (3:59) May 2011

CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie speaks to members of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre about his draft Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The speech was the keynote address of the Centre's Sir Geoffrey Chandler Speaker Series. (43:25) January 2011

CSRI Director Jane Nelson announces a new commitment at the 2010 annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). (2:26) October 2010

CSRI Director Jane Nelson talks to AllWorldLive about the importance of fast-growth entrepreneurs in emerging markets. (2:33) October 2010

CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie discusses his "Protect, Respect, and Remedy" framework, which is part of his report on Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, with the Multinational Enterprises Subcommittee of the Governing Body of the International Labor Organization. (9:59) June 2010

CSRI Director Jane Nelson discusses volunteering and the value chain with Greg Baldwin, President of VolunteerMatch, at VolunteerMatch's April 2010 summit. (Part 1, 7:15; Part 2, 4:17) April 2010

CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie briefs the UN General Assembly on his upcoming report on Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. (9:49) October 2009

CSRI Director Jane Nelson discusses the role of business in tackling poverty and promoting growth in the developing world at Business Fights Poverty's "Building A Common Future With Business" event in October 2009. (16:09) October 2009

CSRI Director Jane Nelson discusses how corporations can play a strategic role in development work, particularly the geographic corridor approach, at the Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor breakfast during WEF Africa in 2009. (3:14) June 2009

 

 




 

 

On January 25, 2013, CSRI Director Jane Nelson moderated the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) LEAD's high-level discussion in Davos, Switzerland, on "Designing the Post-2015 Architecture: The Leadership Agenda." Featuring UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and 30 CEOs and CSOs of global corporations, the dsicussion centered on how business can help structure positive engagement with the public sector once many of the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015.  UNGC LEAD supports UNGC participants as they strive to achieve levels of corporate sustainability performance as outlined in the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership.

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In a January 24, 2013 blog post for GE, "Radical Collaboration Through Technology," CSRI Director Jane Nelson discusses the potential that developments in information and communications technology have for collaboration. Nelson serves on GE's Citizenship Advisory Panel.

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On January 23, 2013, CSRI Director Jane Nelson moderated the discussion at the Grow Africa dinner in Davos, Switzerland on how best to ensure continuing private sector investment in agricultural transformation in Africa.  Launched in 2011, Grow Africa is an African-owned, country-led, multi-stakeholder platform focused on catalyzing market-based solutions to African growth and is convened by the African Union Commission, the NEPAD Agency and the World Economic Forum. The organization has already helped generate more than US $3.75 billion worth of investment commitments by domestic and international companies, and is working with 8 African countries.

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CSRI is pleased to share the World Economic Forum's New Vision for Agriculture (NVA)'s new report, "Achieving the New Vision for Agriculture: New Models for Action." The report, prepared by NVA in collaboration with McKinsey and Company, looks at a comprehensive approach to transforming whole value chains and systems, harnessing the power of market-based solutions, and engaging local and global stakeholders in an unprecedented joint effort to deliver food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity. CSRI Director Jane Nelson served as knowledge partner for the report.

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CSRI is pleased to publish a new working paper by Professor Michael W. Toffel of Harvard Business School, “Reinforcing Regulatory Regimes: How States, Civil Society, and Codes of Conduct Promote Adherence to Global Labor Standards.” The paper, co-authored by Professor Jodi L. Short of UC-Hastings School of Law and Melissa Ouellet of Harvard Business School, compares adherence to labor codes of conduct to determine what combination of institutional conditions promotes compliance with the global labor standards embodied in codes.

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CSRI Senior Fellow John Sherman's article,"UN Guiding Principles:  Practical Implications for Business Lawyers" was published by In House Defense Quarterly in its Winter 2013 edition.

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CSRI Director Jane Nelson moderated the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Business Alliance Forum in London on December 10, 2012, where members and expert practitioners discussed the latest market-driven interventions to increase the availability of more nutritious and affordable products to Base of the Pyramid consumers.

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The United Nations' first annual Forum on Business and Human Rights took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from December 3-5, 2012, including some one thousand participants from 85 countries, 150 businesses, and 170 civil society organizations. The Forum is designed to promote the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, a set of internationally accepted principles which provide a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of negative human rights impacts linked to business activity. CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie, the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the issue, led the work to develop the Principles and is first chairperson of the Forum; Ruggie's keynote remarks are available here.

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CSRI is delighted to announce that its Corporate-Community Dialog video series won “best communication or publication” award at the biennial Centre for Effective Dispute Resolutions (CEDR) awards ceremony held in London on November 29. The series makes a compelling case for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods and processes, using real life corporate-community case studies to show the immediate and long term benefits of facilitated dialogue. Awards were made in six different categories, with 22 finalists making the most extensive shortlist in the Awards’ 20 year history. Click here to view the films.

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CSRI is pleased to share a new report on materiality and sustainability in corporate reporting by Steve Lydenberg, Founding Director and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Responsible Investment.

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CSRI Director Jane Nelson spoke on a panel on Business and the New Development Agenda at the "Business, the MDGs and Beyond" event coincident with the UN General Assembly on September 25, 2012. Led by Business Fights Poverty and the UN Global Compact, the panel also included leaders from Pearson, RED, Eni Spa, and Oxfam America.

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CSRI Senior Fellow Caroline Rees, CSRI Research Fellow Rachel Davis, and Deanna Kemp of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, published a report on Conflict Management and Corporate Culture in the Extractive Industries: A Study in Peru.

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CSRI Director Jane Nelson spoke on a panel on global performance standards at the Society of Petroleum Engineers' International Conference on Health, Safety and the Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, held in Perth, Australia, on September 11, 2012. The conference, with more than 1,200 attendees, focused on the industry's challenges in protecting people and the environment.

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CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie has authored an issues brief on the case Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, which will be reheard before the US Supreme Court on October 1, 2012.

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The Canadian Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor spotlighted a recent report co-authored by CSRI Research Fellow Rachel Davis on the costs of community conflict in the extractive industry.

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During the Corporate Sustainability Forum of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held from June 14-18, CSRI Director Jane Nelson spoke at several key sessions. Nelson gave a keynote presentation on the evolving role of business in development in a session entitled Profits and Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid. Nelson also moderated a UN Global Compact panel on Transformational Partnerships for Food, Nutrition and Development. The final overview and outcomes of the Corporate Sustainability Forum included more than 200 practical commitments from companies and business networks that ranged from the CEO Water Mandate’s Water Action Hub to sustainability within stock exchanges to voluntary business principles for sustainable agriculture. Nelson also participated in Business Action for Sustainable Development's Business Day on June 19, which focused on the challenge of scaling up impact.  At the time of the original 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (also known as the Earth Summit), Nelson worked for the Business Council for Sustainable Development and co-authored its report on business and sustainable development in Africa.

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CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify use of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the case Esther Kiobel et al., v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., et al. Ruggie, along with NYU Professor Philip Alston and the Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law, noted that corporations may have direct liability under international law for gross human rights abuses; that states are generally not required, nor are they generally prohibited from doing so provided that there is a recognized jurisdictional basis, to regulate the extraterritorial activities of businesses domiciled in their territory and/or jurisdiction; and that the weight of international criminal law jurisprudence in cases involving individual perpetrators supports a knowledge standard for aiding and abetting human rights abuses.

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On June 19, 2012, CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie's op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor noted that given the Obama Administration's ease of sanctions on Myanmar, foreign investors and their governments now have the opportunity to show that businesses can and must operate responsibly in even the most challenging of environments.

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CSRI invites web strategy and design consultants to respond by July 6, 2012 to a Request for Proposals to plan and design an online community of practice and public web presence for the Company-Community Dialogue Facilitators Forum. The Forum is being developed by CSRI together with regional partner organizations.

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CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie will receive an honorary doctor of letters and give the convocation address on June 14 at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

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On May 14, 2012, CSRI Senior Fellow John Sherman was profiled in Chile's business newspaper Pulso for his work on business and human rights.

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In May 2012, CSRI published two case studies as part of its workstream on inclusive business ecosystems (the communities or networks of interconnected, interdependent players whose actions determine whether or not inclusive business models will succeed and generate impact at scale).Mobilizing the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, by Research Fellow Beth Jenkins, and Building a Strategic Alliance for the Fortification of Oil and Other Staple Foods, by Research Fellow Christina Gradl, follow the initial framing paper by Gradl and Jenkins, Tackling Barriers to Scale:From Inclusive Business Models to Inclusive Business Ecosystems, published in September 2011.

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CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie's letter to the editor of The New York Times on the working conditions at Apple's overseas factories was published on April 4, 2012.

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An interview with CSRI Director Jane Nelson, "The Power of Development Partnerships," was published in the March/April issue of USAID's Frontlines magazine.

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A recent speech by CSRI Director Jane Nelson was profiled by Richard Edelman, President & CEO of Edelman, in his blog of March 14, 2012. Edelman's annual Trust Barometer takes a global look at the public's trust in institutions including business, government, media, and NGOs.

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CSRI congratulates Steve Lydenberg, Founding Director of the Institute for Responsible Investment, on winning the practitioner award from the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute for his research arguing that a combination of reason and rationality – consideration of others and the norms of society as well as of self-interested advantage – is necessary for a comprehensive undertaking of fiduciary practice. Lydenberg co-teaches BGP-230M, Corporate Social Responsibility, with CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie and CSRI Director Jane Nelson.

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CSRI Senior Fellow John Sherman discusses the American Bar Association's recent resolution endorsing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in a blog published by Lawyers for Better Business in February 2012.

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CSRI's work on grievance mechanisms was profiled in a new research report, "Stakeholder Perceptions and Suggestions," published in January 2012 by the World Economic Forum's Responsible Mining Development Initiative. CSRI's profiled research was led by Caroline Rees.

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CSRI Faculty Director John Ruggie discusses the convergence among major international standard setting bodies regarding how states and business enterprises must meet their respective human rights commitments under the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Guiding Principles in a January 2012 commentary for the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB). Ruggie is the chair of IHRB's Advisory Board.

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CSRI Research Fellow Rachel Davis presents initial results from new research into the costs of company-community conflict in the extractive industry at the first international seminar on Social Responsibility in Mining. Read more here.

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CSRI Senior Fellow John Sherman and the charity Advocates for International Development announced the release of a new report that considers how the new UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights should be implemented by law firms.

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CSRI released the second of three films on resolving conflict between companies and communities through dialogue. The films are produced on behalf of the mandate of the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights, and CSRI Faculty Chair, Professor John Ruggie.

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CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie was interviewed in the October 30, 2011 publication of Business Ethics: The Magazine of Corporate Responsibility.

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CSRI, together with regional partner organizations, is developing a new Company-Community Dialogue Facilitators Forumindividuals and organizations with relevant experience are invited to join and help build this ground-breaking initiative.

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CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange as part of a gathering of leaders improving business and society on September 27, 2011.

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CSRI Director Jane Nelson moderated the United Nations Business Call to Action plenary on Encouraging, Expanding and Scaling Up Inclusive Business in Support of the Millenium Development Goals on September 21, 2011. The plenary focused on the report "Delivering Results: Moving Towards Scale."

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On September 20, a high-level task force on Scaling Up Nutrition presented its initial findings to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. CSRI Director Jane Nelson was part of the private-sector task force.

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Catalyzing Transformational Partnerships between the United Nations and Business was published on September 20, 2011, by the UN Global Compact and Unilever. The report was conceived and written by a group of experts from UNGC, Unilever, Dalberg, and other organizations, and included CSRI Director Jane Nelson.

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On September 15, 2011, CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie gave the keynote address on the lessons learned and future prospects of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights at a plenary on Security and Human Rights in Ottawa, Canada.

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On September 14, 2011, CSRI Senior Fellow Mark Kramer, along with Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard School of Public Health and others, spoke at a conference on non-communicable diseases.

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Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid (Brookings Institution Press) was recently published and included a chapter by CSRI Director Jane Nelson entitled "The Private Sector and Aid Effectiveness: Toward New Models of Engagement."

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The Difference Makers, Sandra Waddock's book profiling 23 of the key players in developing corporate social responsibility in the United States and internationally, was awarded the 2011 Social Issues in Management Division Best Book Award by the Academy of Management. Among those profiled in the book are CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie and CSRI Director Jane Nelson. Professor Waddock was a Visiting Scholar with the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government from 2006-2007.

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CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie to be Senior Advisor to the Corporate Social Responsibility practice at Foley Hoag LLP

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CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie to become new Chair of the Institute for Human Rights and Business International Advisory Board

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On June 16, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the “Protect, Respect, and Remedy” framework led by HKS Professor and CSRI Faculty Director John Ruggie.

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As part of the Ruggie mandate, the CSR Initiative worked to develop and then pilot a set of criteria for effective non-judicial grievance mechanisms. The final report, "Piloting Principles for Effective Company-Stakeholder Grievance Mechanisms: A Report of Lessons Learned," may be accessed here. For any questions, please contact the study's lead author, Caroline Rees, at caroline_rees@hks.harvard.edu.

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John Ruggie featured in LEXPERT, "CSR becomes entrenched".

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CSRI Senior Fellow Mark Kramer's article in the Harvard Business Review, "The Big Idea: Creating Shared Value"

 

BASESWiki

CSRI supports BASESWiki, a collaborative work space for sharing information and learning about how dispute resolution between business and society works around the world. The BASES project grew out of multistakeholder consultations convened by CSRI on behalf of CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights. The consultations examined the non-judicial mechanisms available to address grievances and disputes between companies and the communities or individuals their activities can impact, and explored what makes such mechanisms effective or ineffective in practice.

Shift

Shift is an independent, non-profit center for business and human rights practice. It was established in July 2011 immediately after the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as set out by CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie.  Shift works with governments, businesses and their stakeholders to help put the Guiding Principles into practice through four program areas: a business learning program, government engagement, international partnerships, and education and outreach. CSRI Senior Fellows Caroline Rees and John Sherman and CSRI Fellow Rachel Davis direct the center.