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Environment and Social Responsibility Standards in Global Supply Chains

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Georgetown University

Healey Family Student Center

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Washington, DC 20007

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Supply standards are having a tremendous impact on global trade, the environment, government policy and social responsibility because large public and private sector purchasers are using them. Meanwhile, foreign policy and development experts are struggling to keep up with the rapid changes that these standards are causing.

Over the past decade, brands and governments have invoked standards for billions of dollars of Information Technology (IT) contracts, becoming a force for product innovation that must confront environmental concerns such as hazardous chemicals and greenhouse gas emissions. In the past year, detailed social responsibility criteria have been integrated into these standards, diving deep into conflict minerals, labor rights and occupational health & safety, among others.

Today, nearly every major IT brand uses EPEAT, the leading global IT ecolabel based on standards as a way to differentiate their sustainable IT products to large-scale purchasers. Can environmental impacts and social responsibility be addressed by the current standard setting processes or do they need to be addressed differently? How do key players assess compliance, especially through the IT sector’s complex global supply chains? What lessons may be taken and applied from other industrial and service sectors? What are consequences for global trade, development and diplomacy?

This seminar will include an overview of the standards, a panel discussion with experts in the field, and an open brainstorming and Q&A discussion. It will be followed with a reception. Leaders from IT brands, government, international organizations, and academia will join us.

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2:00 – 2:15 pm Welcome and Seminar Overview

  • Nancy Gillis, CEO, Green Electronics Council

  • Jeff Wheeler, Assistant Professor, Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

  • Mark Giordano, Professor and Director, Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

  • Bob Stumberg, Professor of Law and Director, Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown Law

2:15 – 2:35 pm Gordon Gillerman, Chief of the Standards Services Division in Technology Services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the history and importance of Standards, particularly to US competitiveness

2:35 – 2:55 pm Elise Owens, EPA Standards Executive, on US govt. use of standards, particularly EPEAT, to further IT sustainability innovation

3:00 – 4:30 pm Panel Presentations & Discussion

  • Kevin Cassidy, Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations

  • Kathrin Winkler, Green Electronics Council (GEC) Board member and Retired Director of Sustainability for EMC

  • Cate Berard, Sustainable Electronics Coordinator and FED 100 winner, Dept. of Energy

  • Mary-Rose Nguyen, Executive Director, Principle Strategy Advisory

4:30 – 5:30 pm Reception with wine sponsored by the Green Electronics Council

Sponsored by the Green Electronics Council and the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University.

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