Making Practical Progress on Human Rights: An Essential Element of Sustainable Business
Thursday, March 9, 2017
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
In this year's Klatsky Endowed Lecture, former Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Michael Posner will provide a modern prescription for resolving the tension between human rights and globalization.
According to Posner, three decades of economic globalization have generated significant growth and job creation in less developed Asian, African and Latin American countries, helping lift more than two billion people out of extreme poverty. Yet these gains are being undermined by the jarring inequalities in wealth and economic opportunity that also characterize globalization. Throughout the developing world there exists a governance gap which allows powerful global companies to manufacture, farm, fish and extract natural resources in countries where labor and environmental protections are weak, and enforcement weaker still.
Posner will discuss the case for stronger international rules that can maximize the benefits of globalization, including new job creation and a robust, profitable private sector, while establishing and applying social and environmental standards that will protect the most vulnerable populations and ensure greater economic equality and opportunity.
Michael H. Posner
Jerome Kohlberg Professor Ethics and Finance
Professor Business and Society
Center for Business and Human Rights
NYU Stern School of Business
Michael H. Posner (born November 19, 1950) is an American lawyer, the Founding Executive Director and later the President of Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), the former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) of the United States, currently a Co-Director for the Center of Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern School of Business, as well as Professor of Business and Society at New York University Stern School of Business, and a Board member of the International Service for Human Rights.
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