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?
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.