Table 1: Datasets and Indicators
Susan Randolph, Co-Director, Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative; Co-Director, Research Program on Economic and Social Rights, University of Connecticut
Susan Randolph is the Co-Director of the Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative, which created and publishes the SERF Index (serfindex.uconn.edu), Co-Director of the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) and Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic and Social Rights at the University of Connecticut’s Human Rights Institute. Dr. Randolph is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Connecticut where she also served as a faculty affiliate of the Human Rights Institute, El Instituto (the Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies), and the India Studies Program. Dr. Randolph has served as a short-term consultant to the Office of the High Commission on Human Rights, The World Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development. Dr. Randolph's most recent book, Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Terra Lawson-Remer (Oxford University Press), was the winner of the 2016 best book of the year award from the American Political Science Association’s Human Rights Section. Dr. Randolph received her BA in Political Science from the University of Oregon and her MA and PhD in economics from Cornell University.
David Richards, Associate Professor of Human Rights and Political Science, University of Connecticut
David Richards is Associate Professor of Human Rights and Political Science at the University of Connecticut. His work focuses on human rights and has appeared in a variety of journals and books. His current research projects include a book on the econo-legal landscape of torture and ill-treatment, an investigation of the normative gap in international and domestic law addressing violence against women and girls, and CEDAW-based work on a methodology for assessing the level of state commitment to treaties. David also works with the global NGO Everywoman Everywhere in their effort to produce a standalone international treaty on violence against women and girls, along with guidance on necessary implementation measures for such an instrument.
David’s book, Violence Against Women and the Law (Routledge, August 2015), co-authored with Jillienne Haglund (University of Kentucky) uses original data about 196 countries to examine what gender-violence laws exist in these countries, how these laws come to be enacted, and with what outcomes they are associated.
David is the co-founder of the Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Data Project. This project, funded multiple times by the National Science Foundation and World Bank, among others, provided information on the level of government respect for 16 human rights in 202 countries from 1981 to 2011. Winner of the American Political Science Association’s 2006 Award for Best New Dataset in Comparative Politics, the CIRI Project’s data were used by international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank, and in 170 countries by governments, media, activists, businesses, scholars, and students.
Table 2: Best Practices in Professional Training
Jane Hwang, President and Chief Executive Officer, Social Accountability International
Jane Hwang serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of SAI. Working with the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and staff, she oversees the organization's strategy, management, and stakeholder engagement.
Since joining SAI in 2005, Hwang has led the significant growth and innovation of SAI’s programs, especially in corporate advisory services, training and capacity building, and public-private partnerships. Hwang co-created Social Fingerprint® and TenSquared—highly effective ways to measure and improve management systems, worker engagement, and social performance. She has co-authored implementation guides and served on working groups for international agencies, such as the United Nations, The World Bank's International Finance Corporation, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Prior to SAI, Hwang worked in corporate marketing and legal research, and previously in behavioral sciences and medical research. She earned her BA and MBA from Columbia University.
Doug Cahn, Principal, The Cahn Group
Doug Cahn is the principal of The Cahn Group, a consultancy dedicated to promoting long-term business success by providing corporate responsibility solutions to companies and communities.
He is co-founder of Better Buying, a new initiative that allows suppliers to rate the purchasing practices of buyers in order to help eliminate poor purchasing practices as a barrier for suppliers to provide decent workplace conditions. Better Buying incentivizes improved buyer practices by widely disseminating detailed data on the purchasing practices of brands and retailers using ratings completed by suppliers on key purchasing practices issues, and working with stakeholders to accelerate industry-wide improvements. He also leads Clear Voice, an initiative that promotes the use of effective grievance mechanisms through independent and confidential communication channels for workers.
Before creating The Cahn Group, Mr. Cahn spearheaded Reebok’s human rights programs for 15 years where he was a pioneer in the development of factory inspection and capacity building systems. He routinely works with brands and retailers around the globe on workplace issues in the supply chain.
Table 3: Implications of Legal & Institutional Reform
Laura Chapman Rubbo, Director, International Labor Standards, The Walt Disney Company
Laura Chapman Rubbo is Director, International Labor Standards in the Global Public Policy department of The Walt Disney Company. In this role, Laura leads policy analysis, risk assessment, industry collaboration and external stakeholder engagement for human and labor rights issues in the consumer products supply chain. She also led a number of audit and training functions in Disney’s International Labor Standards department and helped develop Disney’s human rights policy.
With more than 20 years of experience in the field of business and human rights, Laura is also Chair of the Corporate Responsibility and Labor Policy Committee of the United States Council for International Business, a member of the Advisory Board of Social Accountability International, a member of the Stakeholder Board of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors, and a two-time member of the United States delegation to the International Labor Organization’s International Labor Conference. She has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and German from the University of Connecticut.
Eric R. Biel, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University
Eric Biel completed five years of service in January 2017 at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), where he was part of ILAB’s leadership team, working on a diverse set of projects, including on supply chain issues and engagement with foreign governments and other stakeholders on a range of labor law and policy matters. From 2000-11, Biel held a variety of senior positions outside of government, including Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility at Burson-Marsteller; Deputy Washington Director and Senior Counsel at Human Rights First; and Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Fontheim International consulting firm. Prior government service from 1990-2000 included several high-level positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce; Executive Director of the bipartisan Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy; and Trade Counsel at the Senate Finance Committee. Before that, Biel was an attorney in private practice for five years. Since 2008, he has taught a course at the Georgetown University Law Center on “Human Rights at the Intersection of Trade and Corporate Responsibility” that examines a range of business and human rights issues. He has a B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins and received a joint J.D.-M.P.A. degree from Yale Law School and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.