International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

Interactive Workshops – Day I

Using Transparency to Enhance Accountability: Transparency Pledge, Behind the Brands, and Seafood

from Slaves

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30

Room: NT07


• Nicole Vander Meulen, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) (moderator)

• Martha Mendoza, Associated Press

• Sarah Zoen, Oxfam

• Elena Arengo, International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)

Background Information

Transparency is not a substitute for corporate accountability but can play a useful role in enhancing

corporate due diligence and in educating and empowering stakeholders. This session considers several

different approaches to transparency as a strategy to promote greater corporate accountability for human

rights impacts.


Investigative Reporting

  • Associated Press: Seafood from Slaves

  • Associated Press: US sportswear traced to factory in China's internment camps (2018)

  • Associated Press: Toxic tanneries forced to move pollute new Bangladesh site (2018)

  • Associated Press in the Albuquerque Journal: Report examines grim Bangladesh leather

trade, links to West (2017)


  • Oxfam: Behind the Brands, Transparency

• Standards

  • Transparency Pledge Website