Annual General Assembly Day 3, December 7, 2022 – Agenda & Registration

Annual General Assembly, Day 3, December 7, 2022

Venue: Fédération des Entreprises Romandes Genève, Rue de Saint-Jean 98, 1201 Geneva

Day 3 of the 2022 AGA held on December 7 is open to the general public. Registration is required. All sessions are held in the main auditorium at the Fédération des Entreprises Romandes Genève, Rue de Saint-Jean 98, 1201 Geneva.

Day 1 – 2

Days 1 & 2 of the AGA are open to Members, Affiliates and Observers only. The information and registration form for Day 1 and 2 is on a separate page.

Day 3, 7 December (Fédération des Entreprises Romandes)

09:00 - 09:10 09:10 - 10:40 10:40 - 11:00 11:00 - 12:30 12:30 - 14:00 14:00 - 15:30 15:30 - 16:00 16:00 - 17:30
Main auditorium 09:00-09:10 Opening Address- Ambassador Félix Baumann

Ambassador Félix Baumann, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva

09:10-10:40 Sports & Private Security (co-organised with the Centre for Sport and Human Rights)

Private security plays a critical role in securing sporting events around the world. From providing stewards and guarding venues, to protecting the athletes themselves, the demand for private security providers at some of the world’s largest sporting events can be enormous. So what are the human rights risks related to private security provision the organisers of mega sporting events need to consider and what can they do to minimize these risks?

With the Qatar 2022 World Cup in full swing, join us for an expert panel that unpacks some of the issues at play as we consider what’s at stake when mega sporting events, private security and human rights interact.

Panelists

Guido Battaglia, Head of Policy & Outreach, Centre for Sport and Human Rights

Simon Colosimo, Deputy General Secretary, FIFPRO

Ronan Evain, Executive Director, Football Supporters Europe

Rémy Friedmann, Senior Advisor, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland

Magali Martowicz, Head of Human Rights, International Olympic Committee

Moderator

Nuala Walsh, CEO, MindEquity

Break 11:00-12:30 Environmental, Social & Governance Standards – Why Private Security Provision Matters

Investors increasingly look to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards to assess whether companies are operating responsibly and sustainably. So to what extent is private security contracting factored into ESG ratings as a human rights risk within companies’ supply chains?  This discussion will unpack the S is in ESG and consider the latest developments in sustainability reporting through the lens of private security procurement. Panelists will consider why private security contracting presents such a high risk, and the steps both investors and clients can take to mitigate these risks.

Panelists

Dr. Philipp Aeby, Chief Executive Officer, RepRisk AG

Dr. Christian Leitz, Head of Corporate Sustainability, UBS Business Solutions AG

James Lewry, Director, EMEA, ESG & Sustainable Business, Control Risks

Pranoti Surve, Senior Manager, Global Security Programmes, Philip Morris International

Johannes (Joop) Smits, Partner, People and Organisation, PwC Switzerland

Moderator

Sandra Atler, Director of the Human Rights & Business Practice Group, Enact Sustainable Strategies

 

Lunch 14:00-15:30 Private Military Companies and the Future of Conflict (co-organised with the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights)

Private military companies (PMCs) are playing an increasingly high-profile role in many conflict settings around the world. The war in Ukraine and evidence of Russian mercenaries in a growing number of countries, raise serious questions about accountability and remedy. Security companies, military contractors, mercenaries… what distinguishes these different categories of private actors? What role do PMCs play, can they operate responsibility, what are the laws applicable and how can they be held to account? This panel discussion will consider the growing importance of PMCs and what role, if any, ICoCA, law and regulation might play in promoting human rights observance and strengthening accountability in what is often considered an opaque and disreputable industry.

Panelists

Dr. Alessandro Arduino, Principal Research Fellow, Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore & Associate, Lau China Institute, King’s College London

Dr. Gloria Gaggioli, Director, Geneva Academy & Associate/SNF Professor, University of Geneva

Dr. Sorcha MacLeod, Marie Curie Fellow & Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark & Chair, UN Working Group on Mercenaries

Dr. Ori Swed, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Texas Tech University

Moderator

Vincent Bernard, Senior Policy Advisor, ICoCA

 

Break 16:00-17:30 Strategy Going Forward, Close

The closing session of this year’s AGA will wrap-up discussions from the previous three days. Emerging themes will be highlighted, suggested directions for ICoCA’s future strategy will be summarised and next-step actions will be proposed for the coming year, for the development and finalisation of ICoCA’s coming ten-year strategic plan 2024-2033.

Lead Facilitators

Frédéric Chenais, Senior Advisor, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Peace and Human Rights Division, Government of Switzerland & Chair, ICoCA Board of Directors

Jamie Williamson, Executive Director, ICoCA

09:00-09:10 Opening Address- Ambassador Félix Baumann

Ambassador Félix Baumann, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva

09:10-10:40 Sports & Private Security (co-organised with the Centre for Sport and Human Rights)

Private security plays a critical role in securing sporting events around the world. From providing stewards and guarding venues, to protecting the athletes themselves, the demand for private security providers at some of the world’s largest sporting events can be enormous. So what are the human rights risks related to private security provision the organisers of mega sporting events need to consider and what can they do to minimize these risks?

With the Qatar 2022 World Cup in full swing, join us for an expert panel that unpacks some of the issues at play as we consider what’s at stake when mega sporting events, private security and human rights interact.

Panelists

Guido Battaglia, Head of Policy & Outreach, Centre for Sport and Human Rights

Simon Colosimo, Deputy General Secretary, FIFPRO

Ronan Evain, Executive Director, Football Supporters Europe

Rémy Friedmann, Senior Advisor, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland

Magali Martowicz, Head of Human Rights, International Olympic Committee

Moderator

Nuala Walsh, CEO, MindEquity

11:00-12:30 Environmental, Social & Governance Standards – Why Private Security Provision Matters

Investors increasingly look to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards to assess whether companies are operating responsibly and sustainably. So to what extent is private security contracting factored into ESG ratings as a human rights risk within companies’ supply chains?  This discussion will unpack the S is in ESG and consider the latest developments in sustainability reporting through the lens of private security procurement. Panelists will consider why private security contracting presents such a high risk, and the steps both investors and clients can take to mitigate these risks.

Panelists

Dr. Philipp Aeby, Chief Executive Officer, RepRisk AG

Dr. Christian Leitz, Head of Corporate Sustainability, UBS Business Solutions AG

James Lewry, Director, EMEA, ESG & Sustainable Business, Control Risks

Pranoti Surve, Senior Manager, Global Security Programmes, Philip Morris International

Johannes (Joop) Smits, Partner, People and Organisation, PwC Switzerland

Moderator

Sandra Atler, Director of the Human Rights & Business Practice Group, Enact Sustainable Strategies

 

14:00-15:30 Private Military Companies and the Future of Conflict (co-organised with the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights)

Private military companies (PMCs) are playing an increasingly high-profile role in many conflict settings around the world. The war in Ukraine and evidence of Russian mercenaries in a growing number of countries, raise serious questions about accountability and remedy. Security companies, military contractors, mercenaries… what distinguishes these different categories of private actors? What role do PMCs play, can they operate responsibility, what are the laws applicable and how can they be held to account? This panel discussion will consider the growing importance of PMCs and what role, if any, ICoCA, law and regulation might play in promoting human rights observance and strengthening accountability in what is often considered an opaque and disreputable industry.

Panelists

Dr. Alessandro Arduino, Principal Research Fellow, Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore & Associate, Lau China Institute, King’s College London

Dr. Gloria Gaggioli, Director, Geneva Academy & Associate/SNF Professor, University of Geneva

Dr. Sorcha MacLeod, Marie Curie Fellow & Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark & Chair, UN Working Group on Mercenaries

Dr. Ori Swed, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Texas Tech University

Moderator

Vincent Bernard, Senior Policy Advisor, ICoCA

 

16:00-17:30 Strategy Going Forward, Close

The closing session of this year’s AGA will wrap-up discussions from the previous three days. Emerging themes will be highlighted, suggested directions for ICoCA’s future strategy will be summarised and next-step actions will be proposed for the coming year, for the development and finalisation of ICoCA’s coming ten-year strategic plan 2024-2033.

Lead Facilitators

Frédéric Chenais, Senior Advisor, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Peace and Human Rights Division, Government of Switzerland & Chair, ICoCA Board of Directors

Jamie Williamson, Executive Director, ICoCA


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