UVA Darden School and Better Business Bureau Team to Examine Self-Regulation at Washington, D.C., Conference

25 June 2014

By Bruce Vik

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business‘ Institute for Business in Society (IBiS) and the Council of Better Business Bureaus are collaborating on new research on business self-regulation. The inaugural BBB Self-Regulation Conference to articulate best practices and uses for self-regulation took place on 24 June 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

The conference brought together corporate leaders, association executives, thought leaders, legislators, regulators and self-regulation practitioners to tackle self-regulation in business.

Speakers at the conference included:

  • The Honorable Maureen Ohlhausen, commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC);
  • LeRoy Johnston, chief ethics officer for Nationwide Insurance;
  • Craig Silliman, senior vice president of public policy and government affairs for Verizon; and
  • Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League.

After her keynote, FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen joined Darden’s Brian Moriarty on the panel discussion “Leading Practices in Self-Regulation.” Moriarty discussed findings of his research and stakeholder dialogues that identify characteristics of successful self-regulatory programs and business leaders. They were joined by European Union Director-General Robert Madelin to delve into building self-regulatory initiatives that win multi-stakeholder and regulatory support without imposing unworkable burdens on businesses.

Led by IBiS, the research component will be used to launch discussions between business leaders, regulators, legislators and other interested parties to build consensus around self-regulation and the practices essential to gain broad support for self-regulatory initiatives implementing these protocols.

The conference produced three complementary research projects:

  1. Case Studies/Best Practices in Self-Regulation
  2. Building the Knowledge Base on Self-Regulation
  3. Trust in Business Survey

More information will follow as these projects develop.


About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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