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Corporate Social Responsibility: Labor Relations in Emerging Markets

Date: April 17, 2007 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall

Leaders from the corporate sector, academia, civil society and the media exchange ideas about the treatment of workers in developing countries. As outsourcing of labor-intensive production from rich to developing countries grows, controversy also grows over how best to ensure that employees are treated with respect and dignity, and receive a fair and reasonable wage for their labor. Is this the responsibility of the corporations accountable for outsourcing? Can they assume responsibilities that local governments choose not to? The panel covered these and related topics. In partnership with The Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business, Columbia Business School

Opening Remarks:

Jerome A. Chazen, Founder and Chairman of Chazen Capital Partners

Moderator:

Geoffrey Heal, Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility, Columbia Business School

Participants:

Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Economics and Law, Columbia University

Clive Crook, Chief Editorial Advisor to the Chairman, Atlantic Media Company

Rajat Kumar Gupta, Senior Partner Worldwide of McKinsey & Company

Alan Hassenfeld, Chairman, Hasbro, Inc.

Alice Tepper Marlin, President, Social Accountability International