SPLC Webinar: Smoke, Suicide, Slavery – The Social in Sustainability

Members of the Learning Lab will be presenting a webinar on 21 September 2016, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT. The webinar is part of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s Fall Webinar Series. The webinar will reprise a well-reviewed 2016 SPLC Summit presentation moderated by Bob Stumberg that focuses on the social side of sustainable procurement.

To register for this webinar, please follow this link.

Like other institutional purchasers, governments purchase through global supply chains that are linked to serious violations of human rights. For governments, doing no harm is not only a moral obligation; it is a legal one. In 2011, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) reminding every state of its duty to protect people against human rights abuses, especially when governments establish a commercial relationship. This panel speaks to the social side of sustainability; it will highlight the risk of human rights abuses–the smoke, suicide and slavery–in key sectors like apparel, electronics, and food. Panelists will outline the need for effective practices that governments can share with (and learn from) other purchasers including universities, hospitals, retailers and brands. The starting points are risk assessment, transparency, and standards of protection. Panelists will point to the natural experiments where effective practices are being tested.

Robert Stumberg, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Nicole Vander Meulen, Legal and Policy Fellow, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
Bjorn Claeson, Executive Director, Electronics Watch