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The U.N. Global Compact: Principles for Businesses in Human Rights, Labor, Environment and Anti-Corruption


February 2, 2011 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 190
Room 190, Stanford Law School
Lunch will be provided

Sponsored by the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance

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About the Event: Ursula Wynhoven, Head, Policy & Legal and Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact Office, and Chip Pitts, Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, formerly a partner at Baker & McKenzie, and then Chief Legal Officer of Nokia, Inc., will present and lead a discussion on the UN Global Compact as a multi-stakeholder global governance initiative, and the key role of the new “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework proposed by Harvard Professor John Ruggie the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Business and Human Rights. This topic has become a priority for public company boards and senior executives of international business organizations.

Under the broad category of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the growing attention to ensuring the basic human rights of workers, suppliers, community members, and consumers is now being “operationalized” as global governance and law rapidly evolve to support and facilitate the role of businesses in ethical commercial activities around the world.

The speakers will present a basic overview of the historical and current context, drivers, and ways that human rights hard law, soft law, corporate governance, self-regulation, legal principles, and ethical norms and initiatives are adapting to the increasing power and impact of businesses.

About the Speakers:

Ursula Wynhoven: Ursula Wynhoven is the Head of Policy & Legal of the United Nations Global Compact Office. A member of the office’s senior management team, she also handles the office’s legal affairs and policy matters, and leads its work on human rights and labor. A lawyer by background, Ursula worked in private practice and government human rights agencies in Australia and the United States and for the OECD Secretariat on the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises before joining the office. Ursula has two Masters of Law degrees from Columbia Law School and Monash University. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Business and Human Rights at Fordham Law School.

Chip Pitts Chip Pitts is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School and Oxford University, and Professorial Fellow at the SMU Law Institute of the Americas. His teaching, research, and writing focuses on corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, and business/human rights. Previously a partner at Baker & McKenzie global law firm, then Chief Legal Officer of Nokia, Inc., he has been an investor and founding executive of successful startup businesses in Austin and Silicon Valley, and advisor to public and private company boards. Non-profit leadership roles include service as Advisor to the UN Global Compact, the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR), former Chair of Amnesty International USA, President of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Member of the UN GC Expert Group on Conflict-Sensitive Practices and the Conference Board’s Working Group on Business Ethics, board member of The Negotiation Center and the Dallas ACLU, and Advisory Board member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the London-based Business & Human Rights Resource Center. A long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy, he is the co-author and editor of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Legal Analysis (2009), all the royalties for which benefit business and human rights charities.

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