Dear CBG Faculty, Fellows, Staff and Friends:
I'm writing to you from Durban, South Africa,
where we have just concluded our second workshop on "HIV/AIDS
and Business in Africa and Asia: Building Sustainable Partnerships."
Driving through the streets of this city on the Indian Ocean,
I saw a sign in a store window with huge letters - "caskets
galore." This is just one symbol of the fact that this province,
KwaZulu-Natal, is the epicenter of the South African HIV/AIDS
pandemic and it underscored the appropriateness of this city as
the setting for our workshop. We successfully convened over 110
representatives from business, government, and civil society.
It was clear that the participants valued the opportunity to hear
a wide range of perspectives and benefit from each others' experiences.
We learned a great deal from the participants about workplace
programs that have already been put in place in large companies
and have begun the process of understanding the particular challenges
facing smaller businesses and the informal sector as they formulate
their responses. The importance of multi-sector approaches to
address the complex challenges of HIV/AIDS could not have been
more apparent. I look forward to our next meeting in September,
at which we will be able to explore these critical issues further.
I want to extend a special note of thanks to Kathrine Meyers,
Jordana Rubel, and Ellen Stiefvater for their superb work. Their
tireless efforts and creativity made this workshop a success.
Meanwhile, just before graduation, CBG celebrated
the work of its fellows over the past year. Their experiences
and research, supported by our faculty and staff, give a great
sense of the scope and breadth of CBG's activities. This year's
team of fellows produced more than a dozen published articles,
op-ed pieces and chapters of books during the past year.
As corporate scandals dominated the financial
news, faculty and fellows presented papers on the structural,
legal and external aspects of corporate management. The research
was discussed during sessions of the Corporate Governance Working
Group, part of the Regulatory Policy Program. Michael Hilb, Ian
MacInnes, and Eric Orts all contributed.
In addition to published pieces, fellows were
involved in several panel discussions including one on creating
a new agenda for the Securities and Exchange Commission and another
on the difficulties faced by whistleblowers and whether any change
comes out of whistleblower complaints. Michael Michael, for one,
was very helpful in these efforts. A spring workshop series by
Linda Peek Schacht focused on the role leaders play in the workplace.
Paul Vaaler presented at an RPP lunch seminar on competition in
Asia Programs benefited from a host of fellows,
including Wenhao Cheng, Qingguo Meng, Jun Uesaka, Susumu Matsuo,
Feng Lu, Heng Quan, and Andrew Wong. Discussing topics ranging
from the institutional weakness of anti-corruption institutions
in China and deregulation in Japan's electric power industry,
they presented their work and research at the Asia Focus Research
Prof. Jane Fountain addressed the role of technology
in government with her seminar series "Future Directions
in Digital Government." During the seminar, researchers,
including fellow Maria Scharf, discussed the relationship between
information technologies and government organizations, institutions,
and networks, and what impacts future technologies may have over
the next decade.
HEPG also hosted two fellows - Juan Rosellon and
Tarjei Kristiansen, from Mexico and Norway respectively. Their
work helped apply HEPG's knowledge to a more international environment.
Thanks to Elizabeth Bulette and Alene Tchourumoff
for their good work supporting our fellows over the course of
All in all, my first year has been a very enjoyable
and has shown me how truly diverse and invigorating the Center's
activities really are. Now, we will take the next couple of months
to plan for September. I wish you all a happy summer and look
forward to seeing you in the fall.
John G. Ruggie
Weil Director, Center for Business and Government
Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs