New Conversations Project Conference 2017 Program

Program Overview

May 3, 2017

8-9 am

Light Breakfast & Registration

9 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Bruce Raynor, President Emeritus of Workers United, SEIU
Anna Burger, Executive Director, New Conversations Project (NCP)

9:15-12pm Session I: The New Frontier of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives
Moderated by Sarosh Kuruvilla, Professor of Comparative Industrial Relations, Cornell University, Academic Director, NCP


    9:15 – 9:45 Lessons from the Bangladesh Accord and Alliance safety initiatives Jennifer Bair, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia


    9:45 – 10:00  The View from the Ground: Reports from NCP’s Fact Finding Mission to Bangladesh in April 2017 Edgar Romney, Secretary Treasurer, Workers United, Executive Committee, IndustriALL

    10:00 – 10:30  Findings from The ILO/IFC Better Work Project Drusilla Brown, Associate Professor of Economics, Director of Tufts International Relations Program, Tufts University

    10:30 – 10:45 Coffee

    10:45 – 12:00  Session continues with remarks from panelists, general discussion


    • Chaumtoli Huq, Professor of Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Law at the Margins
    • Raymond Robertson, Professor, Chair, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
    • Jill Tucker, Head of Supply Chain Innovation & Transformation, C&A Foundation
    • Rob Wayss, Executive Director & Acting Chief Safety Inspector, Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety



    1-3:30pm Session II: What’s working, what’s not and what’s next for stakeholders


    1:00- 2:15 Workers and Supplier-Country Governments: How can we create worker voice in union-hostile environments? And how can we create less hostile environments? Moderated by Bruce Raynor, President Emeritus of Workers United, SEIU


    • Daniel Fibiger, Director, Global Sustainability, GAP Inc.
    • Judy Gearhart, Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum
    • Sonia Mistry, Senior Program Officer - Asia, Solidarity Center
    • Sharon Waxman, President, CEO, Fair Labor Association

    2:15 – 3:30 Brands and Suppliers: What role can and should industry actors play? What are the barriers to change? Moderated by Rick Darling, Executive Director, Government & Public Affairs, Li & Fung


    • Jane Hwang, President & CEO, Social Accountability International
    • Shawn Islam, CEO, Managing Director, Ambattur-Sparrow Group of Industries
    • Tammy Rodriquez, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Esquel Group
    • Ian Spaulding, CEO, ELEVATE
    3:45-5:30pm Session III: The Future of Trade in a Trump Administration and its Implications for Workers Moderated by Will Milberg, Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy and Analysis, The New School



    • Eric Biel, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
    • Jon Jacoby, Program Officer, Open Society Foundations
    • Katrin Kuhlmann, President and Founder, New Markets Lab, Georgetown Law
    • Molly McCoy, Policy Director, Solidarity Center

    Evening Reception