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Capitalism with a Conscience: A Conversation about Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Human Rights

Thursday, February 22, 2018,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Renaissance Room & Flynn Auditorium

Please join the Vanderbilt Law School’s Hyatt Fund Board for the spring event: Capitalism with a Conscience: A Conversation about Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Human Rights. This spring’s event will kick off with a panel discussion on Thursday, February 22nd at 3:30 p.m. with legal practitioners, scholars and members of the industry that will focus on challenges and opportunities posed by pressure on business to act as responsible citizens, moderated by Professor Timothy Meyer. Panelists include Sarah McGrath, Faris Natour and Stephen Park (brief bios can be found below). Snacks will be provided.

The spring Hyatt Fund event will conclude with a Keynote Address on Friday, February 23 at noon, featuring Genevieve Taft-Vazquez, Global Manager of the Workplace Rights Department for The Coca-Cola Company. Lunch will be served. 

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, February 22

3:30-5:00 pm Panel Discussion, Renaissance Room

Moderated by Prof. Tim Meyer

Panelists: Sarah McGrath, Faris Natour, Stephen Park  

5:00-6:00 pm Reception, Blackacre

Friday, February 23

12:00-1:00 pm

Keynote Address, Flynn Auditorium

Genevieve Taft-Vazquez, Global Manager of the Workplace Rights Department, The Coca-Cola Company 

Brief Bios of Speakers:

Sarah McGrath is the Legal and Policy Director at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), an organization harnessing the collective power of progressive organizations to push governments to create and enforce rules over corporations that promote human rights and reduce inequality. At ICAR, McGrath is responsible for the leadership and management of the Legal and Policy Program which includes a range of initiatives to build and implement accountability frameworks in both domestic and internal arenas.

Faris Natour is an internationally recognized expert with over fifteen years of experience working at the intersection of business and human rights. As Principal of Article One, Natour advises corporate and institutional clients across sectors and regions on human rights strategy and management with the aim of embedding human rights throughout business and institutional operations. Natour also leads the Human Rights and Business Initiative at the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, driving research and collaboration among business and stakeholders in academia and practice to address critical human rights challenges.

Stephen Park is an Assistant Professor of Business Law and the Satell Fellow in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Connecticut School of Business. His research is in the areas of international financial regulation, international trade law, corporate social responsibility and accountability, and corporate compliance. His current work focuses on new and evolving forms of transnational regulation and public-private governance in the global financial markets, specifically in sovereign debt finance, sustainable finance and socially responsible investing, and corporate environmental and social reporting. 

Genevieve Taft-Vazquez is the Global Manager of the Workplace Rights department at The Coca-Cola Company. At Coca-Cola, Genevieve’s responsibilities include policy development and implementation of Coca-Cola’s human rights program, stakeholder engagement and collaboration with peer companies. Prior to working at Coca-Cola, Genevieve worked at the Fair Labor Association (FLA) as the Americas Regional Coordinator. Prior her time with the FLA, she worked with an artisan organization in Bolivia, and as a member of Gap Inc.’s Social and Environmental Responsibility department.

These events are free and open to the public and are made possible by funds from the Wayne S. Hyatt '68 (BA'65) and his late wife, Amanda M. Hyatt (BA'67, MA'74) Student Activities Fund.

Visitors should park in the Terrace Place Garage, spaces 41-92, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Terrace Place, or the Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Scarritt Place. Parking costs range from $4.00 to $12.00 at these garages. Both are within walking distance of the law school.