Wednesday, May 11, 2022 is Members day and is only for RBA, RMI and RLI Members.  

Thursday, May 12, 2022 is open to the public.

9:00 AM - 11:15 AM

9:00am - 9:30am: Opening Remarks

  • Rob Lederer, CEO, Responsible Business Alliance

Keynote Address: State of Responsible Business Conduct on Global Value Chains 

  • Martha Newton, Deputy Director-General, ILO


9:30am - 11:15am: Designing Due Diligence legislation for impact: the EU Corporate Sustainable Due Diligence Directive

During this session, key policy-makers and stakeholders will discuss how to ensure that emerging EU mandatory due diligence legislation effectively delivers impact for people and planet.

Panel 1: Policy-makers perspectives

  • MEP Heidi Hautala, European Parliament, Vice President
  • MEP René Repasi, European Parliament, EP ECON Rapporteur for Opinion on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence
  • Anna Athanasopoulou, European Commission DG Grow, Head of Unit
  • Cecilia Ekholm, Swedish government, Ambassador for Sustainable Business

Panel 2: Stakeholder views

  • Allan Jorgensen, OECD, Head of Responsible Business Conduct Centre
  • Anita Ramasastry, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, member
  • Francis West, Shift, Business Engagement Director
  • Rachel Owens, Global Witness, Head of Corporate Accountability
  • Julian Lageard, Intel, Global Government Affairs director
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

11:30am - 12:30pm: Delivering Due Diligence: implementing the ambition

During this session we will explore how to implement due diligence policies. We will revisit experiences from existing national due diligence policies around the question: what is the state of play of implementation of national regulations, and what lessons learned can nurture the EU-level discussions?


  • Sue Slaughter, Ford Motor Company, Global Director, Supply Base Sustainability & Responsible Business Alliance, Chair of the Board
  • Cecile Billaux, European Commission DG INTPA,
  • Thorsten Metz, GIZ, Head of Programme "Initiative for Global Solidarity"
  • Maylis Souque, French Ministry of Economy and Finance,  Secretary General of the National Contact Point for RBC
  • Kristel Manal Tonstad, Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of OECD National Contact Point
  • Gabrielle Holly, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Senior Advisor Business and Human Rights


12:30 - 12:45pm: Remarks from MEP Lara Wolters, European Parliament, Vice Chair of the EP Legal Affairs committee and EP Rapporteur on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM


1:45 PM - 3:40 PM

1:45 - 2:45pm: Environmental Due Diligence 2.0: State of Play

During this session, we will explore key developments and trends in the area of environmental due diligence. We will hear how emerging regulations reshape environmental efforts while also explore new tools and initiatives in this space.

Moderator: Bob Mitchell, Responsible Business Alliance, Vice President for Human Rights and the Environment


  • Chiara Selvetti, ATEA, Director of Sustainable Business
  • Barbara Bijelic, OECD, Legal Expert
  • Bill Skeates, Sky, Senior Sustainability and Compliance Manager


2:45 - 3:40pm: Tackling Forced Labor: Accelerating Impact

Identifying and remediating conditions that contribute to forced labor is no longer just a moral obligation for international businesses. Emerging policies and new regulatory requirements, which include import bans, disclosure and due diligence requirements, as well as pressure from investors and other stakeholders have created significant drivers for industry to act to eradicate these practices and be transparent in their efforts. This session will explore the expanding landscape for these drivers.

Moderator: Bob Mitchell, Responsible Business Alliance, Vice President for Human Rights and the Environment


  • Madelaine Tuininga, European Commission DG Trade, Head of Unit for Trade and Sustainability
  • Sheila D'Annunzio, STMicroelectronics, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion
  • Remco Kouwenhoven, Fairphone, Social Innovation Lead
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

4:00pm - 5:00 pm: Responsible minerals sourcing: emerging issues and new minerals

This session will explore how companies can leverage existing tools to move on a path toward improved supply chain sustainability performance and support responsible sourcing globally by expanding the risk and mineral scope in their due diligence activities. We will discuss how emerging regulatory requirements, incl. the EU Batteries regulation, impact these efforts.

Moderator: Jen Peyser, Responsible Business Alliance, Vice President of Responsible Sourcing


  • Fabiana Di Lorenzo, Responsible Business Alliance, Senior Director of Responsible Sourcing
  • Masuma Farooki, MineHutte, Director
  • Guus Houttuin, EU External Action Service, Senior Advisor Trade


5:00pm - 6:00pm: Concluding Panel: Industry collaborative initiatives in the next decade of business and human rights - opportunities and lessons learned

Join us for a multi-stakeholder discussion about the role of industry collaborative initiatives in enhancing companies’ due diligence efforts, in particular in the context of mandatory due diligence legislation and towards tackling key thematic priorities for the next decade of business and human rights, such as effective remedy and meaningful stakeholder engagement.

Moderator: Tyler Gillard, OECD, Head of Due Diligence Unit and Senior Legal Adviser at Responsible Business Conduct Centre


  • Linda Kromjong, Amfori, President
  • Rob Lederer, Responsible Business Alliance, CEO


Closing Key-Note Address: MEP Adrián Vazquez Lazara, European Parliament, Chair of the EP Legal Affairs committee and Shadow Rapporteur on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence