Register Now – Managing Human Rights Risks in Complex Environments – April 9 (Washington, D.C.)

Sponsored by the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA)

Co-sponsored by Fund for Peace/Facilitated by Human Analytics


ISOA Members are leaders in the stability operations industry. They provide vital services in complex environments around the world. Their activities support peace building, stabilization and reconstruction efforts, security sector reform, humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations, and long-term development projects.

However, the fragile nature of the operating environments in which these services are provided pose potential risks to service providers and their public and private sector clients. In particular, the management of human rights related risks has been the focal point of various international initiatives to set standards applicable to service providers and their clients.

Beyond standards specific to particular sectors, such as private security, oil, gas, and mining, and humanitarian assistance, the UN has developed a broader framework – the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – to assist all business enterprises, in partnership with governments, with ensuring respect for human rights.

This one-day forum will provide updates on a number of standard setting initiatives to address risks associated with operating in complex environments. Case studies will explore how various organizations have converted principles into management practice. Private sector clients will discuss the incorporation of standards into contracts, and U.S. government officials will offer insights into recent policy and procurement related developments. Legal, management consulting, and auditing experts will offer perspectives on standards compliance.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

9:00am – 5:30pm


Hosted by the law offices of Foley Hoag – 1717 K. St, NW, Washington, D.C.



(Open to the public and no cost to attend. Space is limited.)


9:00am-9:10am                 Welcoming remarks                      

Ado Machida, President, International Stability Operations Association

Gare Smith, Partner, Foley Hoag Corporate Social Responsibility Practice

9:10am-9:30am                 Keynote address: The business case for managing human rights related risks

Representative from Unilever, TBD

9:30am-10:45am               Governments as clients: Key human rights concerns from the perspective of state actors

Moderator: Doug Brooks, President Emeritus, International Stability Operations Association

Jason Pielemeier, Special Advisor & Team Lead, Internet Freedom, Business, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State

Christopher Mayer, Program Support, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, U.S. Department of Defense

Donald “Larry” Sampler, Assistant to the Administrator, USAID

Representative from British Embassy, TBD

10:45am-11:15am            Coffee break

11:15am-12:30pm            Recent developments in standards for complex environments

Moderator: Dr. Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt, Senior Managing Director, Human Analytics

The Voluntary Principles for Security and Human Rights

J.J. Messner, Executive Director, Fund for Peace

International Code of Conduct Association

Chuck Tucker, Executive Director, World Engagement Institute and Board Member ICoCA

ANSI/ASIS PSC.1 Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations and the Draft International Standard 18788 Management System for Private Security Operations

Dr. Marc Siegel, Commissioner, ASIS Global Standards Initiative

Standards in the Humanitarian Space

Laky Pissalidis, Security Director, InterAction

Trevor Hughes, Director of Risk Management & Global Security, International Relief & Development; Board Member, International NGO Security and Safety Association

12:30pm-1:30pm              Lunch

1:30pm-2:45pm Ensuring the implementation of standards

Moderator: Dr. Ian Ralby, Founder and Executive Director, I.R. Consilium

Legal considerations

Gare Smith, Partner, Foley Hoag Corporate Social Responsibility Practice

Implementing management system standards

Lisa DuBrock, Managing Partner, Radian Compliance

Third party certification

Tony Chattin, Director, MSS Global

2:45pm-3:15pm Coffee break

3:15pm-4:30pm Due diligence in the field: Case studies of standards implementation

Moderator: Clements Worldwide, TBD

Erik Quist, Vice President and General Counsel, Sterling Global Operations (invited)

Nick Welch, Director International Relations, Noble Energy (invited)

Dr. Kateri Carmola, Director, Carmola Consulting Group

Rafael Khusnutdinov, Director Global Safety and Security, Save the Children

4:30pm                                 Reception

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