Bridging Policy and Practice: RBA European Conference

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Date(s) - 20/04/2021 - 21/04/2021
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RBA european Conference


The RBA will hold a virtual European Conference on April 20 and 21, dedicated to exploring the state of play and implications of the EU’s journey towards mandatory due diligence legislation. The conference will bring together and feature key EU and national policymakers, industry representatives, academics and other stakeholders incl. international organizations and CSO’s.


Cross-sectoral mandatory due diligence legislation


On day 1, Anosha Wahidi, Head of Division at the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, will deliver an opening key-note in which she will present the German government law proposal for mandatory due diligence legislation which is being passed through German parliament.


Then, four panels will discuss the implications of the upcoming EU legal framework establishing cross-sectoral mandatory due diligence legislation. Speakers include:


– Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice

– Lara Wolters, MEP, European Parliament rapporteur on corporate due diligence

– Lucrezia Busa, Member of Cabinet, European Commissioner for Justice

– Allan Lerberg Jørgensen, Head of Responsible Business Conduct Centre, OECD

– Rachel Davis, Vice President, Shift

– Ambassador Cecilia Ekholm, Ambassador for International Sustainable Business, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden

– Ambassador Valérie Berset Bircher, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Switzerland

– Hocine Boutata, Political Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

– Caroline Kollau, Director Trade and Economic Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

– Rachel Cowburn Walden, Global Director Human Rights Stewardship Integrated Social Sustainability, Unilever

– Eric-Paul Schat, Sr. Director Sustainability, Environment, Health & Safety, NXP Semiconductors

– Jos Dings, Director of European policy and business development, Tesla

– Ferdinand Geckler, Senior Expert Sustainable Supply Chain Management, BMW Group

– Gert van der Bijl, Senior EU Policy Advisor, Solidaridad


Thematic trends: forced labour, responsible batteries, procurement


On day 2, a series of panels will dive deeper into key thematic trends impacting the European landscape. The proposed EU Batteries Regulation is a key policy development impacting the batteries value chain by introducing mandatory customized due diligence rules that will expectedly enter into force before the EU cross-sectoral mandatory due diligence framework, featuring a built-in recognition of supply chain due diligence schemes. Increasingly, responsible business considerations are integrated into trade policy which materializes in particular through the issue of forced labour – examples including reference to forced labour in key recent EU policy developments. At the same time, responsible IT procurement continues to gain ground in European public buyers’ policy and practice. Learn more about these unfolding trends by hearing from key experts and practitioners.


Speakers include:


– Madelaine Tuininga, Head of Unit for Multilateral Trade and Sustainable Development Policy, Green Deal, Conflict Minerals, European Commission DG Trade

– Phoebe Blagg, Head of Supply Chains & Pursue, Modern Slavery Unit, UK Home Office

– Mathy Stanislaus, Director ad interim, Global Battery Alliance

– Sören Enholm, CEO, TCO Development

– Eva Bennis, Director Responsible Purchasing, Volvo Group

– Bob Mitchell, Vice President Human Rights and Sustainability, Responsible Business alliance

– Leah Butler, Vice President Responsible Sourcing, Responsible Business Alliance


Collaborative Partnerships for Effective Due Diligence

Concluding the conference on day 2, a CEO-level Plenary Panel will bring together the leaders of key industry initiatives to reflect on the role of initiatives in delivering effective due diligence, and how to integrate that role in the design of the future EU cross-sectoral due diligence framework.


Speakers include:


– Tyler Gillard, Head of Due Diligence, OECD

– Rob Lederer, CEO, Responsible Business Alliance

– Christian Ewert, President, Amfori

– Stefan Crets, Executive Director, CSR Europe

– Dr. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Director of Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights, Geneva School for Economics.


Full program and speakers are available now on the conference website.


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