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Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 4:30pm
ILR School, 105 Ives Hall Robert R. Colbert Sr., ’48 Lecture Hall
2019 Milton Konvitz Lecture
John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
On August 19, 2019, the U.S. Business Roundtable, comprising the CEOs of some 200 of the nation’s largest corporations, issued a new “Statement of Purpose of a Corporation.” The CEOs commit to lead their companies for the benefit of all stakeholders—customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders. What should we make of this development? Why this, and why now? How does it fit into the broader context of corporate globalization? What are its promises and limits? Drawing on his path-breaking academic and policy work in this space, Professor Ruggie will address these and related questions.
The Konvitz Lecture is made possible through the generosity of Irwin Jacobs (BEE ’56) and Joan Jacobs (BS HE ’54).