Gare Smith, John Ruggie to Serve on Barrick Gold Corp.’s Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Board
March 5, 2012
Two members of Foley Hoag LLP’s Corporate Social Responsibility Practice have been selected to advise Barrick Gold Corporation on CSR performance and evolving best practices.
Gare Smith, a partner and chair of Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social Responsibility Practice, is one of five inaugural members of the Toronto-based gold mining company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Board. John Ruggie, senior advisor and the former U.N. Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, will serve as a special consultant to the board.
The board will provide external advice and guidance to Barrick management on the company’s global CSR performance, as well as insight on CSR best practices. The group will serve in an advisory role and act as a sounding board on a broad range of issues, including community relations, sustainable development, the environment, human rights and security, and stakeholder engagement.
“These highly respected individuals bring a wealth of expertise and experience in corporate responsibility matters that will be a great asset to Barrick,” said Aaron Regent, Barrick’s president and CEO. “Their input and guidance will help us to further improve our practices and manage emerging issues affecting our company and the global mining industry.”
Gare founded and chairs Foley Hoag’s CSR practice. He provides counsel on compliance programs to address labor conditions, community relations, security, indigenous rights, environmental stewardship, and the rule of law. He previously served as vice president for CSR at one of the world’s most recognized clothing brands. As Senior Foreign Policy Advisor and Counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Gare created the first voluntary code of conduct for U.S. multinationals. He also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, where he helped launch President Bill Clinton’s Model Business Principles.
John authored the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which the U.N. Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed in 2011. He served as U.N. Special Representative for Business and Human Rights from 2005-2011, with a mandate to propose measures to strengthen human rights performance of the business sector around the world. At Foley Hoag, John advises clients on human rights-related risk and other aspects of corporate citizenship. He is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an Affiliated Professor in International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School.
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