BSR Conference 2019

The New Climate for Business

November 12-14, 2019 San Jose, California

Sessions and Workshops

The New Climate for Business: The Retreat of Universal Values

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Thursday November 14, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Location: Regency Ballroom II

All around the world, respect for human rights, the operating space for civil society, and respect for journalists is under pressure. It is no longer the case that businesses can be certain that universal values supporting these principles are widely shared, or widely practiced. For companies operating globally, this raises the risk that companies themselves will be constrained, and that global trade will also be constrained.  In this context, companies face new questions. What is their role in promoting open societies when they increasingly run counter to prevailing views in many places? What is the role of business in promoting rule of law? And how can companies support civil society and journalists in places where governments are cracking down?  

Scheduled Speakers
Witold Henisz

Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Bennett Freeman

Senior Advisor, BSR

Principal, Bennett Freeman Associates LLC

Linsi Crain

Manager, Global Social Performance


Jenny Vaughan

Human Rights Director



I felt this conference was life changing. I am truly inspired and am plotting both career and personal changes to live up to the great lessons I learned. Both the sessions and the networking were vital.


Platinum Sponsor
Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Gold Sponsor
International Copper Association
Don't Ban Equality—Tara Health

Silver Sponsor
Global Child Forum logo

Supporting Sponsors

Carbon Offset
Bonneville Environmental Foundation