Responsible Business in Myanmar: Operating Context, Sanctions, and International CSR Standards

Location

Webinar

Date/Time

August 16, 2012 11:00AM–12:15PM

Description

Foley Hoag LLP will be holding a webinar on August 16, 2012 regarding the easing of U.S. sanctions on Myanmar (Burma) and requirements for companies conducting business there, as well as the means by which businesses can operate responsibly in Myanmar, in line with international social guidelines, including the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The seminar will focus on:

  • A brief review of Myanmar’s past and the current political dynamics, including U.S. policy
  • The human rights-related risks for companies operating in Myanmar and how the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights apply there, including labor concerns, conflict risks, and challenges related to land acquisition
  • An overview of the new U.S. sanctions regime and how companies can comply with their social and environmental reporting requirements

Speakers include:

John Ruggie, the former U.N. Special Representative on Business and Human Rights and a senior advisor at Foley Hoag

Gare Smith, Chair of Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social Responsibility Practice, who worked on political issues related to Myanmar as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to late Senator Ted Kennedy and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State Department

Amy Lehr, an attorney in Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social Responsibility Practice, who previously lived and worked in Myanmar