Scotland's responsible business ambitions represented at OECD global forum

Business in the Community’s Scotland Director leads the conversation at OECD's 2018 Forum on Responsible Business Conduct.

Business in the Community’s Scotland Director, Alan Thornburrow, will today moderate a high-level workshop attended by senior business leaders as part of the OECD’s 2018 Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct.

Taking place in Paris on 20th and 21st June, the Global Forum brings together stakeholders from business, trade unions, civil society and academia to debate key global social and economic challenges related to responsible business conduct.

The session will be opened by Gabriela Ramos, the OECD’s Chief of Staff. Speakers will include Emmanuelle Wargon, SVP Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Danone and Farid Baddache, Managing Director of BSR Paris.  Alan Thornburrow will outline Scotland’s National Performance Framework (NPF) and offer a perspective on the NPF as a model of partnership between government, public sector and business with the aim of delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Scotland.  He will then invite contributions from major global businesses participating in this workshop including EY, Thales, Fyffes, Michelin, Chanel, Carrefour and BNP Paribas. 

Speaking in advance of the event, Alan Thornburrow said:
“I am delighted that BITC Scotland is cementing our position as the go-to voice of responsible business in Scotland. I will be proud to contribute to this event and highlight the essential part business must play in the inclusive growth agenda for Scotland and across the globe.”  

Scotland leads the way amongst European nations in its approach towards collaboration between government and business to achieve inclusive growth, as measured through Scotland’s National Performance Framework. 

Gabriela Ramos said: 
“Together, governments and businesses have a leading role to play in tackling inequalities and promoting inclusive growth. The OECD is committed to supporting this collaboration through data collection, standard setting and by providing platforms such as the Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, for cross-learning and innovation. It is our hope that the OECD’s new Business for Inclusive Growth platform will help further this collaboration and foster new initiatives for more inclusive and productive societies and economies.”

The workshop will contribute to a platform being developed in an ambitious two-year programme by the OECD, in collaboration with global sustainability non-profit BSR.  Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) will bring together business leaders and policymakers to help shape the international policy agenda on inclusive growth.  It will also identify, commit to, and promote practices to their industry peers that are good for business and good for inclusion, and on which companies and governments can take action together. The platform will be analogous to the We Mean Business Coalition for the private sector action on implementing the Paris Climate Agreement.