Business & Government

Disney Director Of Global Public Policy To Receive McLane Leadership In Business Award

The Bush School will recognize Laura Chapman Rubbo for her contributions to business leadership.
By Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service Staff September 2, 2020

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Laura Chapman Rubbo, director of Global Public Policy for the Walt Disney Company.

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Laura Chapman Rubbo, director of Global Public Policy for the Walt Disney Company, will receive the 2020 McLane Leadership in Business Award on Sept. 15.

The award will be presented by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Presented annually, the award recognizes a prominent individual in the field of business for outstanding contributions in the area of business, public service, or community service at the national level. Rubbo is noted for her business leadership in global human rights and corporate social responsibility.

Due to social distancing requirements, this year’s McLane Leadership in Business Award event will take place virtually over Zoom from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The program is open to the public, but registration is required by Monday, Sept. 14. Guests may register online at the Bush School website or by calling 979-845-1927.

Rubbo leads policy analysis, strategy development and external engagement for global human rights, international labor standards, supply chain efforts and other corporate social responsibility issues across all of Disney’s businesses. As the largest licensor of consumer products in the world, particular attention is paid to labor standards in global supply chains, and in that regard, Rubbo oversees the development of policy positions and partnerships with intergovernmental organizations, industry associations and civil society.

In addition, Rubbo serves as chair of the Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Committee of the United States Council for International Business and Chair of the Steering Committee of the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Global Business Network on Forced Labor.

“Laura Rubbo is a cutting-edge leader on global labor standards and corporate responsibility in sourcing,” said Raymond Robertson, director of the Mosbacher Institute. “She has successfully leveraged the Disney brand to improve working conditions around the world by supporting innovative and successful approaches. We are thrilled to be able to honor her with this year’s McLane Award.”

The Mosbacher Institute was founded in October 2009 to produce policy-oriented research in trade, energy and good governance. The McLane Leadership in Business Award was established by Drayton McLane Jr., a noted entrepreneur and Chairman of the McLane Group, a diversified collection of businesses that demonstrate a tradition of excellence and innovation.

Media contact: Jennifer Moore, 979-571-1113,

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