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What’s Business Got To Do With It? Sport and Human Rights

09 April 2019 Washington D.C.

The majority of the world’s population either actively play or follow a sport.

Most businesses also have some kind of relationship with or connection to sport.

Sport therefore offers a unique opportunity to both advance positive societal outcomes and mitigate adverse impacts through a diversity of business activities and relationships.

This business-focused workshop will explore several key questions for companies:

  • How can sport’s engagement potential be leveraged for wider human rights fulfillment, e.g. young people, gender, LGBTI+, disability, and non-discrimination?
  • What is the risk to the business of not engaging on sport-related issues?
  • Within the diversity of sport’s business relationships, what does good human rights due diligence look like?
  • What relevance does the 2026 World Cup have for my business?

Speakers include:  

  • Peter Robinson (President, US Council for International Business)
  • John Morrison (Chief Executive, IHRB)
  • Donna de Verona (Olympic Champion Swimmer; award winning broadcaster)
  • Nancy Hogshead Makar (Olympic champion swimmer; CEO, Champion Women)
  • Scott Busby (Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State)
  • Mary Harvey (Olympic champion; Chief Executive, Centre for Sport & Human Rights)
  • Cimarron Nix (Director of Labor, Sustainable Manufacturing, and Sourcing, Nike)
  • Caroline Meledo (Director, Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights, Hilton Hotels)
  • Theresa Loar (Senior Advisor, BSR; former Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, CH2M)
  • Tam Nguyen (Global Head of Sustainability, Bechtel)

This event, held in partnership with the US Council for International Business, is for business representatives only and places are limited.

To register your interest in attending, please email events [at]

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