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The role of the private sector in fostering peace, justice, and strong institutions

Global Rule of Law Exchange 3rd annual conference

2nd May 2018

Time: 9.00-18:00 (Registration opens from 08:30)
Followed by a reception

Venue: Jones Day, 21 Tudor Street, London EC4Y0DJ

The 17 Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encompass a wide range of ambitious objectives, from ending poverty, to improving global health, providing education for all, and mitigating climate change. The private sector role in achieving these goals is widely understood; however, it is often viewed as consisting exclusively of financing development initiatives, generating economic growth, job creation, or tax revenue.

SDG 16, relating to peace, justice and strong institutions, presents a set of issues of particular salience to the private sector, including a number of factors that directly foster stable business environments. This conference will consider various questions arising from the intersection of business and SDG 16, including:

  • Why should the business community engage to advance SDG 16's themes of peace, justice and strong institutions?
  • In what ways might the SDGs generally, and SDG 16 in particular, be "good for business"?
  • What is the business community's role in advancing SDG 16? What tools and instruments can help the private sector work to advance the Goal? How can the private sector engage with other stakeholders, including government, in advancing SDG 16?
  • What are actions, both internal and external, that business can take to concretely advance SDG 16?
  • Does commitment to SDG16 conflict with or complement other compliance and reporting requirements, including on human rights?
  • How and where should the private sector deploy its resources in an effective way to meet these various obligations?

In considering these questions, the conference aims to generate greater understanding of the business case for private sector engagement on SDG 16, and concrete ideas for action. It will inform ongoing work of the Bingham Centre. The conference also represents an important opportunity to discuss how the private sector - along with other key stakeholders - can play an influential role in advancing SDG 16, and to reflect on the most promising ways forward.

Featured speakers:
  • (Keynote ) Manoelle Lepoutre, Senior Vice President, Civil and Society Engagement, Total
  • (Keynote ) Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for International Development
  • Esteban Mezzano, General Counsel Zone Americas & Legal in Sustainability & CSV, Nestlé
  • David Croft, Global Sustainability Director, Diageo
  • Nicola Port, Senior Vice President, International Counsel at Chubb
  • Richard Morgan, Head of Government Relations, Anglo American
  • Alejandro Alvarez, Chief, Rule of Law Unit, Executive Office of UN Secretary-General
  • Representatives from Safaricom, Sahara Group, and other distinguished speakers and thought leaders from the policy worlds (UNGC, OECD, Pathfinders Programme, etc)

This conference is organised by the Global Rule of Law Exchange (Law firm Jones Day is the global partner for the Exchange). Linkages to leading organisations working on SDG16 (the UN/UNGC, the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (supported by CIC-NYU ) will ensure that conference outputs will contribute to informing ongoing policy discussions on the relationship between the private sector and SDG16.

Draft Programme

For a conference summary, see here