Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Bridging the Americas Seminar 2012: Corporate Accountability and Sustainability

ATT Executive Education and Conference Center
The University of Texas at Austin
June 17-20, 2012

This hands-on, highly interactive 2-1/2 day seminar focuses on the rapidly growing links between old-fashioned corporate social responsibility (CSR) and new-fashioned corporate sustainability  in Latin America. It features internationally prominent speakers, small group dynamics, and the development of tools in accountability and sustainability, with special reference to the Latin American context. Designed to meet the needs of corporate executives, government officials, leaders in the non-profit world, and academics working in this emerging field.

Space is limited. Visit our secure site to register by credit card or contact Gail Sanders, Development Office Coordinator, to pay by wire transfer.

For driving directions, what to wear, and other information about Austin, please see Visitor Information (PDF, 57K).

This event is co-organized by the IC2 Institute and LLILAS, with the generous support of Littler Mendelson P.C.

Agenda

Sunday, June 17, 2012

5:30-7:00 PM
Registration and Welcome Reception
Tejas Room, ATT Executive Education and Conference Center

Monday, June 18, 2012

7:30-8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
Welcome

Heather Gatlin, Chief of Staff, LLILAS
Gregory P. Pogue, Deputy Director, IC2 Institute

Part I: Introduction to Fundamental CSR Issues in Latin America

9:00-10:15
Session I
Background, Origins, and Challenges of CSR in 21st-Century Latin America
  • Origins and Brief History of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Challenges to Contemporary CSR

Plenary Discussion

Speaker: Michael E. Conroy, Principal, Colibrí Consulting, Austin, Texas

10:15-10:25
Coffee Break

10:30-12:00 PM
Session II
Sustainable Travel and Tourism: The Ultimate Use for Latin America's Finest Natural Resources

Speaker: Martha Honey, Co-Director, Center for Responsible Travel, Washington, D.C.

12:00-1:00
Lunch

Part II: Labor Issues in the Global Arena

1:15-2:45
Session III
International Processes Supporting Accountability on Labor Issues
  • Labor Issues, the ILO, and CSR
  • Prevailing International Codes for Labor Issues

Speaker: Stefan Marculewicz, Shareholder, Littler, Washington, D.C.

2:45-3:00
Coffee Break

3:15-4:45
Session IV
Human Rights, Labor, and Other Social Issues

Speaker: Amanda Romero, Latin America and the Caribbean Researcher and Representative, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Bogotá, Colombia

4:45-6:00
Session V
Breakout Session on CSR in Latin America:
  • Discussion of Hypothetical Cases
  • Reports to Plenary from Breakout Groups
7:30
Dinner at Salt Lick Bar-B-Que

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

7:30-8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

Part III: Corporate Accountability and Voluntary Certification

9:00-10:15
Session VI
Introduction to the "Certification Revolution":
  • Certification: The Business Case
  • Certification and Latin America

Plenary Discussion

Speaker: Michael E. Conroy
Speaker: Paula Vera, Risköp, Monterrey, Mexico

10:15-10:25
Coffee Break

10:30-12:00 PM
Session VII
Fair Trade Certified: Bridging Sustainability and Profitability

Plenary Discussion

Speaker: Paul Rice, President and CEO, Fair Trade USA, Oakland, California

12:00-1:00
Lunch

Part IV: Social Enterprise and International Processes

1:15-2:45
Session VIII
Social Enterprise: Creating New Market-Based Solutions:
  • The Core Concepts of Social Enterprise
  • Applying Social Enterprise Solutions to Create Decent Work

Speaker: Charles J. Ansbach, President, Ansbach and Associates, Sacramento, California
Speaker: María Elena Serna, Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico City, Mexico

2:45-3:00
Coffee Break

3:15-4:45
Session IX
Fundamental Ethical Issues in Latin American Business

Speaker: Earl (Chip) M. Jones, III, Shareholder, Littler, Dallas, Texas

 

4:45-6:00
Session X
Breakout Session on Certification and Ethics in Latin America:

  • Discussion of Hypothetical Cases
  • Reports to Plenary from Breakout Groups
7:00
Dinner at the University of Texas Club

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

7:30-8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

Part V: Environmental Imperatives in Corporate Ethics in Latin America

9:00-10:45
Session XI
The 21st-Century Imperative for Environmental Accountability
  • Evidence of Civil Society Pressure
  • Leading Challenges in Key Sectors

Plenary Discussion

Speaker: Luiz Eduardo Osorio, Vice President for Sustainable Development and External Relations, Raízen (Cosan/Shell), São Paulo, Brazil

10:45-11:00
Coffee Break

10:40-12:10
Session XII
The Challenge of Biodiversity Conservation by Business

Plenary Discussion

Speaker: Bianca Brasil, Communications Coordinator, Instituto LIFE, Curitiba, Brazil

Wrap-up and Evaluation of Seminar

12:00-1:00
Presentation of Diplomas and Lunch


REGISTRATION

Cost:  $2,200 per person (with lodging), $1,600 (no lodging)

Registration fee includes:

  • Lodging at ATT Executive Education and Conference Center
  • Breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and dinner
  • Program materials
  • Simultaneous translation in Spanish and Portuguese

Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Austin and any incidental expenses not covered by the registration fee.

Cancellation: Please send your written cancellation to Gail Sanders, Development Office Coordinator.

  • Three weeks or more prior to the seminar: 100% refund
  • One to three weeks prior to the seminar: 50% refund
  • One week or less prior to the seminar: No refund
For more information, please contact Gail Sanders or call 512.232.2423.

  • Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

    University of Texas at Austin
    SRH 1.310
    2300 Red River Street D0800
    Austin, Texas 78712