Globalization creates tremendous value in many parts of the world, but also brings new challenges for global companies. Increasingly complex supply chains trigger pressing concerns about globalization’s social and environmental consequences. The 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh provides a vivid illustration. In response, leading retail companies agreed to higher safety and working condition codes. Such private arrangements are increasingly common where traditional regulatory approaches are absent or ineffective. But such new forms of “private politics” create unique challenges, ranging from negotiating meaningful agreements to concerns about long-term legitimacy and economic impact.
Kellogg and the Aspen Institute combined forces for a second year to explore these issues. The conference brought together business leaders, NGOs, and academics to examine the consequences of global governance gaps and how corporations and NGOs are collaborating to address them.
Speakers included: Jose Luis Prado, President, Quaker Foods, North America, PepsiCo; Jim Rogers, retired Chairman of the Board and CEO, Duke Energy; T.J. Whalen, Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; Ben Packard, VP of Global Responsibility at Starbucks; Roxanne Decyk, former head of Global Government Relations at Royal Dutch Shell; and Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, among others.
Corporate officers concerned with corporate strategy, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, communications, corporate reputation; NGO professionals; academics; and interested public.
More information about the conference agenda and speakers is available here.
Filling the Governance Gap: Aligning Enterprise and Advocacy