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Thursday May 4th, 2017
8:00AM - 6:30PM
Friday May 5th, 2017
8:30AM - 12:45PM

Convene - Times Square
810 7th Avenue
btw 52nd & 53rd Street
New York, NY 10036

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About ESF
The Ethical Sourcing Forum mandate is to investigate practical pathways and breakthrough solutions that offer real business value,

The Ethical Sourcing Forum (ESF) is a unique industry event that brings together members of the global sustainability community to address emerging supply chain challenges.

The ESF is where you find applied innovation and the latest solutions-development processes that yield social and environmental progress while advancing core business objectives.


Moving Towards the Future

APSCA is a practitioner-led initiative aspiring to improve social compliance audit quality by professionalizing the industry, and bringing credibility to audit firms and individual auditors. This new association has been founded by a collaboration between nine leading Social Compliance Audit firms. APSCA team have progressed dramatically over the last 6 months and would like to share progress on activities and an overview of activities planned for the coming year.

Rona Starr, Executive Director – APSCA

Christophe Liebon, Vice President Supplier Management – Intertek Group plc
Avedis Seferian, President and CEO – Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
Greg Gardner, President & CEO – Arche Advisors
Laura Chapman Rubbo, Director, International Labor Standards - The Walt Disney Company
Wesley Wilson, Senior Director of Responsible Sourcing - Walmart

DAY 1 Thursday, May 4 2017

8:00Breakfast & Registration
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome note
8:45 - 9:45 Key note: Leveraging the Microbiome as a Source of Product and Production Site information
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One of the foundational assertions in all dimensions of supply chain risk management – including social and environmental performance - is provenance. Historically, without observing production - there have not been logical or cost effective mechanisms to affirm the assertion that products were in fact made in the factory that was identified for production or materials were sourced from the identified location. In this session, Pete Karlan will share information and case examples on the use of data from the microbiome and the associated DNA signature to uniquely identify environments and link products and materials.

Pete Karlan, CEO - Phylagen

Yanhua Zhou
Harvard Doctoral Student
Yanhua Zhou is a doctoral candidate in Harvard University's joint program in Organizational Behavior and Sociology. She studies how external institutions, organizational structures, and organizations' identities influence corporate social practices and corporate sustainability. Empirical contexts include migrant workers' work-related exhaustion in Chinese factories, Chinese public firms' environmental penalties, and innovative forms of charities initiated by China's civil societies. Her current research project explores how various elements of management systems correspond to code compliance among factories in China, and how local labor contention (e.g. labor disputes) and regulatory pressure following work accidents influence this process. Prior to Harvard, Yanhua received double Bachelor degrees in Sociology and Economics from Peking University, and a Master degree in Management from Peking University.
9:45 - 11:00 Plenary Panel #1 Supply Chain Assurance
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The need for companies to fully map their supply chain, enable full transparency and visibility into their processes, and assess the level of risks they pose to their organizations, has become a business imperative for many organizations. This panel seeks to share the rocky pathway of overcoming challenges and achieving successes on this journey to knowing the supply chain.

Catherine Beare, Senior Director Supply Chain Assurance — Intertek

Denise Meagles - Executive Vice President, Global Sourcing - Lenox Corporation
Brian Kramer Director, Global Sustainability – PepsiCo
Mathieu Lamolle Senior Advisor, Sustainability Standards & Value Chains - International Trade Centre

Catherine Beare
Senior Director Supply Chain Assurance — Intertek

Catherine is based in London co-leading Intertek's Global Supplier Management assurance solution. With over 10 years supply chain management experience, Catherine works with clients on helping them deliver supply chain focus by identifying key supply chain risks, which empower customers to make informed decisions. The Intertek Supply Chain Assurance services support a number of clients, ranging from traditional retailers and brands to Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Automotive and Telecommunication, to name a few. Catherine previously worked for the CSR specialist not-for-profit Business in the Community helping to manage clients CSR needs particularly in relation to ethical trade.
11:00 - 11:15Coffee Break & Networking
11:15 - 12:45 Mini-Labs:
Mini Lab 1

Evaluating Recruitment Agencies
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Facilities rely on recruitment agencies to provide a workforce that can react more efficiently to variations in labor demand. However, practices of these agencies has become a risk factor for brands and retailers as, in reality, we do not know how agencies are managing their program. The next step in this journey is an independent evaluation at the source of the agencies to ensure workers are treated fairly.

David Camp, Chief Executive of the Association of Labour Providers (ALP)
Mini Lab 2

Ethical Compliance Outside the Factory Walls: Dealing with Artisan, Homeworking, and Decentralized Production
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Despite being present in many supply chains, homeworkers and subcontracted, decentralized production models are often not properly evaluated by the brands for whom they produce. The fact is, traditional factory auditing systems cannot be successfully applied here, and often the lower tiers of complex supply chains remain hidden behind many intermediaries. See how the nonprofit Nest has joined forces with West Elm and other industry stakeholders to create a program that brings training, assessment, and remediation in a way that makes sense for the context but still addresses the needs of CSR teams.

Douglas Guiley Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing & Contract – West Elm
Chris Van Bergen Chief Operating Officer - Nest
Mini Lab 3

Worker Well-Being Case Study: China's Left Behind Children
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China has a staggering 62 million children living in rural villages and towns without day-to-day care from their parents who must move to larger cities in search of work. This separation puts a significant strain on relationships, negatively impacts child development, and has serious consequences on the well-being of workers in supply chains. This session will explore two worker well-being pilots from ICTI CARE – Family friendly factory spaces and Migrants Parents Training – which have delivered major benefits for domestic migrant workers and their children in China – as well as delivering business benefits for factories. Using these pilots as a case study, we'll also briefly reflect on how to measure the positive impacts of worker well-being programs in supply chains.

Tom van Haaren, Senior Advisor Responsible Sourcing - ICTI CARE Foundation
12:45 - 1:45Lunch & Networking
1:45 - 3:15 Mini-Labs: (Continued)
Mini Lab 4

Refugees in the Workplace – Compliance Strategies to Mitigate Modern Slavery Risk
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The flow of refugees across borders has been on the increase. Many end up working at facilities which produce items for U.S.-based companies. Come learn about practical examples of how companies are addressing this issue and mitigating risk, including through compliance initiatives and NGO and other stakeholder engagement.

Michael R. Littenberg Partner - Ropes & Gray
Mini Lab 5

The Future State of Government Regulation: The Known and the Unknown
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Representatives from the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, based in Yangon, will share information on labour and human rights issues related to sourcing in this newly developing market. MCRB seeks to build a shared understanding of the facts, needs and priorities for responsible business in Myanmar and provide a platform for dialogue between business, civil society and government. The Centre helps businesses inside Myanmar to increase their understanding of responsible business conduct and also advises foreign investors about the business and human rights landscape of Myanmar. For more information see www.mcrb.org.mm

Rosie Zhang, Deputy Director – Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business
Mini Lab 6

Implementing Ethical Recruitment Policies
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The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility's (ICCR) ethical recruitment program--“No Fees" Initiative--launched in January of 2014 seeking to engage and influence the behavior of a number of major brands, retailers and sector associations to create substantive policies and practices on ethical labor recruitment. ICCR will be presenting highlights from their recently released research study titled “Emerging Best Practices Guidance on Ethical Recruitment." The study features 8 case studies of companies across a variety of industries from electronics to apparel to food and beverage on how they are implementing ethical recruitment policy across their supply chains worldwide especially around the reimbursement of recruitment fees. Discover the steps taken on this journey and the emerging best practices across an array of industries in implementing ethical recruitment policies that engage and train suppliers to monitor their recruitment network and root out unethical recruiters.

Valentina Gurney, Associate Program Director - Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)
3:15 - 3:30Coffee Break & Networking
3:30 - 4:00 Future Dynamics of Supply Chain Assurance - A debate
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The room today is filled with a variety of CSR experts and supply chain managers from across several different industries. Let's take advantage of this collective pool of wisdom and join in an energizing instant-polling debate session which seeks to understand the future trends in supply chain assurance. Be prepared to vote and share your opinion!

Catherine Beare, Senior Director Supply Chain Assurance — Intertek
4:00 - 5:15 Plenary Panel 2: What's next: Future state of supplier compliance models
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Although collaborative audit programs have been around for a very long time, we are seeing an upward trend accompanied by a marked change in organizational mind-sets. Companies are instinctively coming together to tackle individual social and environmental issues. Industries that are rookies in social compliance start out working together and now the veteran apparel industry that has long held tight to their individual programs are collaborating on a new diagnostic tool. This panel will seek to understand the evolution and journey of these programs and the future state of shared social compliance models as the new “norm".

Rachelle Jackson, Director, Sustainability & Innovation - Arche Advisors

Daniel Fibiger, Director, Global Sustainability, Social & Labour Convergence Signatory | GAP, Inc.
Deborah Albers, Vice President, Operations Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition - EICC
Clay E. Hickson, Steering Committee Member, Social & Labor Convergence Project; Vice President , Strategy & Business Development - Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
5:15 - 5:30 Day One Wrap-up / Conclusion
5:30 - 6:30Cocktail Reception and Networking

DAY 2 Friday, May 5 2017

8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast & Networking
9:00 – 9:05 Opening Remark
9:05 – 10:00 Social Accountability International (SAI) ---- Celebrating 20 Years!
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It was in the year 1997 that SAI launched SA8000 (Social Accountability 8000) – a voluntary standard for workplaces, based on ILO and UN conventions – which is currently used by businesses and governments around the world and is recognized as one of the strongest workplace standards. The journey has been the result of a variety of stakeholders who have contributed their hard work and dedicated passion towards human rights. Jane Hwang, President and Chief Executive Officer of SAI is excited to mark this special occasion and invite SAI members to share their personal reflections of the organization's achievements and contemplate where the future may lead.

Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness - Eileen Fisher - YESM

Ivano Corraini, Former Secretary General - FILCAMS-CGIL
Anuj Jain, CEO - Shingora Textiles – YES
Achim Lohrie, Director Corporate Responsibility - Tchibo
Laura Chapman Rubbo, Director, International Labor Standards - The Walt Disney Company
Colleen Vien, Sustainability Director, VF Timberland – YES

10:00– 11:00 Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) – An Update
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11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break & Networking
11:15 – 12:30 Plenary Panel 3: Supplier Perspective
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The end game of all of our discussions at the Ethical Sourcing Forum in New York ultimately arrives at the facilities' doorstep in faraway locations. We have invited supplier representatives from India and Turkey to come speak from their perspective and hear of the realities first hand around supply chain social compliance.

Kara Chan, Global Quality, Training and Compliance Manager - Supplier Management - Intertek

Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel - YES
Raja M. Shanmugham, President - Tirupur Exporter Association
Bekir Aslaner, Secretary General - Istanbul Textile Exporters Association (ITKIB)

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly represented by 193 countries, adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda framed by 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) recognizes critical role of business in eliminating poverty, protecting human rights, safeguarding environment, offering dignity and economic prosperity for all. This workshop seeks to discuss the business case for SDGs, the impact this framework will have on the supply chains over the next 15 years; how the implementation of SDGs across 193 countries will contribute towards a company's own economic, social and environmental goals and help with mitigation of business risk. The next generation of the shared framework will see these goals increasingly influence the supply chain through a shift in governmental financing and accountability, contractual arrangements, expectations and scrutiny.

Louis Coppola, Managing Partner — Governance and Accountability Institute; Global Sourcing Council Board Member
Angeline Judex, MPA Executive Director - Global Sourcing Council
12:30 – 12:45 WRAP UP
12:45 LUNCH PROVIDED - Stay and network!

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ESF Past Participants

Abercrombie & Fitch | Aeropostale | Allied Feather & Down | Amazon | American Apparel & Footwear Association | American Eagle Outfitters | ANN INC. | Apple | Arche Advisors | Aritzia | Ascena Retail Group | Baruch College | Bic Inc | BSCI | BJ's | Brooks Brothers | Canadian Tire Corporation | Carters | Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade | Charming Shoppes Inc. | Christopher and Banks | Chrysler Group | Cintas Corporation | Coca Cola | Colgate-Palmolive | Columbia University | Corporate Citizenship | Costco Wholesale | CREA | Credit360 | CSRwire | CVS Caremark | Dallas Cowboys | Deloitte Consulting | DIAGEO | Dollar General | Donna Karan | EcoVadis | Eileen Fisher | Etsy | Fair Trade USA | Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) | Fleishman Hillard | Fruit of the Loom | Flextronics | Fortune Footwear, Inc. | Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)| Good World Solutions | Guess | Harvard Business School | Hanes Brands | Hasbro | Hudson's Bay Company | HP | IBM | Intel | Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility | International Labor Office (ILO) | International Trade Centre (ITC) | International Flavors & Fragrances | Jarden Consumer Solutions | J. Crew | John Varvatos | Kroll | Keystone Foods | Keurig Green Mountain | Kohl's | L Brands | Labor Link | Lexis Nexus | Li & Fung USA | LL Bean | Macy's | McDonald's | MeadWestvaco | Medtronic- Covidien Group | Medline Industries | Metalor Technologies USA | Michael Kors | Motorola | New Balance | New York Times | NBC Universal | Nordstrom | NYU Stern School of Business | Oakley | Office Depot | OSP Group | Outerstuff | Oxfam America | Oxford Industries | Partner Africa | PepsiCo | Ralph Lauren | Redcats USA | Red Wing Shoe Company | Reed Elsevier | Research In Motion (RIM) | Responsible Jewelry Council | Rockefeller Financial | Sanofi | Sedex | Setlog Corp | Social Accountability International | Starbucks | Studio Nazar | Talbots | Tau Investments | TE Connectivity | The Children's Place | The Consumer Goods Forum | The Jones Group | The Nature Conservancy/AWS | The Walt Disney Company | Thunderbird School of Global Management | Tiffany | True Religion | Tween Brands | UnderArmour | University of Delaware | Unilever | USCIB | Verizon | VF Contemporary Brands | Walmart | Walgreens | Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
ESF Sustaining Partners

Join us at ESF in celebrating the 20 year anniversary of Social Accountability International (SAI).

New Conversations Project Conference 2017:The Frontier of Sustainable Labor Practices in Global Supply Chains: Lessons from Bangladesh and Better Work.

The New Conversations Project Inaugural Conference set for May 3, 2017 envisions bringing together stakeholders working in the area of labor compliance in global supply chains, including retailers, brands and manufacturers; NGOs and other civil society organizations; academics and researchers; policymakers, social auditors and other supply chain professionals with the objectives to:

Learn from new research on the post-Rana Plaza factory safety initiatives (the Accord and Alliance), and on the ILO/IFC Better Work Program.

Discuss what lies ahead and specifically how the roles of multi-stakeholders could change as we try to secure and promote workers' rights in global supply chains.

Discuss the changing landscape of trade regulation under the new Trump administration and its potential impact on efforts to promote workers' rights in global supply chains. We hope you will join us in this important and dynamic endeavor.

When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Where: The Prince George Ballroom, New York, NY

For more details, agenda and registration, visit the conference webpage.

David Muil
Global Vice President Business Development – Business Assurance at Intertek

David Muil is the Global VP of business development for Intertek's Business Assurance group. He has more than 20 years of experience in the third-party certification business, having held previous positions with several global organizations. His background also includes practical time spent in the aerospace and automotive industries, where he held various positions within quality and management. Muil holds a degree in business and economics from McMaster University, and continued post-graduate studies in business at the Henley Management College in London, England. Additional qualifications include a Green Belt designation in Six Sigma, ISO22301 Risk Management Lead Auditor and merit level certification CBCI from the Business Continuity Institute.

Antoine Heuty
Founder & CEO – Ulula

Antoine is globally recognized as a thought leader on energy and natural resource management and has appeared on CNN International, Fox, Le Monde, and BBC. Before starting Ulula, Antoine worked with the United Nations Development Program and was Deputy Director of Revenue Watch Institute, which he helped grow into a leading organization in oil, gas and mining governance.

David Bledsoe
Senior Director Corporate Engagement – Landesa

David Bledsoe leads Landesa's corporate engagement initiative, under which Landesa supports clients in making socially responsible investments in land and land-focused supply chains. He has supported businesses in this regard in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. David has also served as Landesa's Africa Program Director and has designed and managed programs funded by USAID, DFID, the World Bank, and many foundations. He has extensive experience working with corporations, governments, and communities on land policies and laws, land-related investments, women's access and secure rights to land, land dispute identification and resolution, and many other land-related areas. He has over 30 years of for-profit and non-profit experience.

Vicky Bowman
Director — Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business

Vicky Bowman has been the Director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since July 2013. Prior to that she led global mining company Rio Tinto's policy approach to transparency, human rights and resource nationalism/resource curse issues from 2011. She was Director of Global & Economic Issues and G8 sous-Sherpa for the United Kingdom from 2008-2011 and Head of the Southern Africa Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Government from 2006-2007. Vicky served as ambassador of the UK to Myanmar from 2002-2006 and as second secretary in the Embassy from 1990-1993. She has also worked in Brussels as Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner Chris Patten (1999-2002) and as press spokeswoman for the UK representation to the EU (1996-1999). Vicky has a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Pathology) from University of Cambridge. She speaks Burmese and is married to Myanmar artist Htein Lin.

Rosie Zhang
Deputy Director – Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business

Rosie Zhang is the Deputy Director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business. She advises private sector, foreign investors, Myanmar government and local civil society in labor rights and working condition, tourism and telecom industry, as well as crosscutting issues such as land use, public participation, mediation, facilitation and capacity building, and child protection.

Prior to that, Rosie practiced law in FDI and Corporate with King & Wood Mallesons Shanghai office. She was the first female Asian executive with International Council of Toy Industries and led the ICTI CARE Process as COO based in Hong Kong. Between 2004-2011, she worked for International Compliance Group and ALGI as Director of Operations and traveled extensively in Asia for social audits, human rights due diligence, capacity building and advisory. She has visited over 500 factories in garment, footwear, toys, electronics, etc. in 16 Asian countries and interviewed over 1,000 workers. As subject matter expert in labor standards and protection, she also advised over 200 companies in CSR strategies, social management system, and preventive action and best practices.

She earned a law degree in International Economic Law and advance degree in Public Administrative from Harvard Kennedy School.

Daniel Fibiger
Director, Global Sustainability, Social & Labour Convergence Signatory | GAP, Inc.

Daniel Fibiger is Director of Global Partnerships and Supplier Sustainability within Gap Inc.'s Global Sustainability department. He leads Gap Inc.'s Global Partnerships team, where he is responsible for designing and managing strategic partnerships with labor, human rights, and international development stakeholders. In his capacity as a Director on the Supplier Sustainability team, he helps lead a global field team of approximately 50 individuals, responsible for implementing Gap Inc.'s programs focused on managing labor issues and improving working conditions within the company's supply chain.

Prior to joining Gap Inc., Dan was Program Manager at the Responsible Sourcing Network, a project of As You Sow, coordinating the multi-stakeholder network of apparel companies, NGOs, and investors seeking to end forced child labor in Uzbekistan's cotton sector. Before working at the Responsible Sourcing Network, he was a Research Fellow at the International Labor Rights Forum in Washington DC.

He received his Master's degree in Global and International Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and his BA in Political Science and International Development Studies from McGill University.

Doug Guiley
Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing & Contract – Williams Sonoma Inc. CSR & Sustainability

Doug Guiley is the SVP of Global Sourcing & Contract for Brooklyn-based home retailer West Elm and of Williams-Sonoma Inc. CSR & Sustainability. Doug brings more than 20 years experience in sourcing and product development to West Elm. Prior to joining West Elm in 2010, Doug worked with leading retailers including Victoria's Secret, Banana Republic, and Macy's. He is proud to lead CSR strategy for Williams Sonoma, Inc., which includes West Elm Consciousness Initiatives and the company's commitment to handcraft, supply chain transparency, and sustainability.

Brent Wilton
Director of Global Workplace Rights – Coca-Cola

Having trained as a labor lawyer in New Zealand, Brent has spent the last 28 years representing companies and their representative organizations across a range of labor and human rights issues in countries around the world.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola as director of Global Workplace Rights in April of 2015, for the last 15 years, Brent has been based in Switzerland with the International Organization of Employers (IOE) representing the interests of business in 150 countries on global labor and social policy matters across the UN and wider multilateral system, particularly within the International Labor Organization. As a result, Brent has directly engaged with Global Union Federations, NGOs, Governments, other stakeholders and opinion makers in the negotiation and resolution of issues.

In particular, Brent was engaged from the outset in the stakeholder discussions that led to the creation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, working closely with Professor John Ruggie and his team, and more recently with the UN Human Rights Working Group on their follow up to the implementation of the Principles. Brent also served on the Board of the UN Global Compact in his last role as IOE Secretary General and was co-chair of their multi-stakeholder Labor and Human Rights Working Group.

Ellen Weinreb
CEO – Weinreb Group

Weinreb Group Sustainability Recruiting is a search firm placing sustainability, social compliance and CSR professionals throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Their founder, Ellen Weinreb, got her start in CSR back in 1997 as an intern for the Fair Labor Association. After ten years of consulting, she transition to recruiting. Clients include Association for Professional Social Compliance Auditors, prAna, C&A, Williams Sonoma, Patagonia, Aldi and Sephora.

Louis Coppola
Managing Partner — Governance

Louis Coppola is EVP and a co-founder of Governance & Accountability Institute and serves on the board of directors for The Global Sourcing Council. Louis provides advice to corporate and investor clients on sustainability strategy, disclosure (reporting), investment and performance. Lou directs the Institute's relationship with GRI including the activities around the Data Partner relationship, "Organizational Stakeholder" (OS) relationship, and several joint research publications. He also coordinates the Institute's various public research projects such as "Sustainability - What Matters?", and studies of sustainability reporting external assurance practices in collaboration with GRI, Bloomberg, and the big four accounting firms. Louis is also an adjunct professor at the Bard M.B.A in Sustainability NYC campus teaching courses on business pragmatics of sustainability. Lou is co-chair of the Social Investment Forum's (SIF) - Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN) Sustainable Education and Company Engagement (SECE) committee. He is also an active New York Society of Securities Analyst (NYSSA), Sustainable Investing Committee steering member.

Angeline Judex
MPA Executive Director - Global Sourcing Council

Angeline Judex, MPA serves as the Executive Director of the Global Sourcing Council (GSC). Angeline reports to the GSC Board of Directors, and is responsible for the consistent achievement of the Global Sourcing Council's vision of transforming the world where the P in Profit stands for Purpose. She works to position the GSC as the global platform for empowering small, mid and large cap companies in their efforts to be sustainable.

As the primary advocate for the GSC, she is the lead contact and advocate to the global sourcing industry. Through the GSC programs, she hopes to see a world where every business aligns their profit driven strategies with sustainable development goals to create a just and equal society. Ms. Judex works extensively with local and international businesses, trade organizations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and academia to promote an understanding of roles and impact of all stakeholders in global trade in goods and services. Angeline has more than 25 years of experience in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, in the areas of strategic planning, program development and resource management.

Ronnie Goldberg
Senior Counsel - United States Council for International Business

Ronnie Goldberg advises USCIB's president and CEO on strategic matters and represents American business at several high-level forums. She currently serves as the U.S. employer representative on the International Labor Organization's Governing Body, and chairs the BIAC Employment, Labor, and Social Affairs (ELSA) Committee.

Goldberg served as USCIB's top policy executive for over 25 years, most recently as executive vice president and chief policy officer, overseeing the organization's wide-ranging activities on international trade, investment, economic and regulatory matters, and supervising a staff of policy professionals with expertise on a host of issues affecting American companies engaged in business abroad. In her earlier role, she also coordinated USCIB policies in relation to those of our international affiliates – the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Business and Industry Advisory Committee, (BIAC) and the International Organization of Employers (IOE) – and various other groups.

Goldberg graduated magna cum laude with honors in political science from Bryn Mawr College and holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. Before joining USCIB, she was a vice president in the Trade Finance division at Chase Manhattan Bank, and a project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, where she led studies on technology transfer and Soviet energy development. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Marissa Pagnani
Vice President Corporate Responsibility – PVH

Marissa Pagnani is Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at PVH Corp. in New York. In this role, Marissa oversees PVH's global human rights and environmental programs. Prior to PVH, Marissa worked for Warnaco Inc. and Skadden Arps in New York, London and Hong Kong.

Marissa was born in New York, NY and studied at Georgetown University, Georgetown University Law Center and Georgetown University's Villa Le Balze in Florence.

Dr. Karthik N.D.
Country Managing Director Bangladesh | Intertek Group plc

Dr. Karthik.N.D, is a certified Lean Six Sigma (Black Belt) professional with 15+ years of value addition in the areas of operational excellence, strategic leadership, continuous improvement, total quality management, change management in the Textile and apparel industry. Currently as a Country Managing Director of Intertek Bangladesh, part of Intertek Group Plc, leads the organization offering Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification services in Bangladesh.

He holds post graduate and research degrees in Textile Technology and is pursuing Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in University of Liverpool, UK specializing in Strategic Leadership. He has previously held senior positions in apparel manufacturing, consulting and product development assignments in India and Bangladesh.

Darrell Doren
Managing Director – Foreign Trade Association

Darrell Doren is the Senior Director Sustainability at the Foreign Trade Association (FTA). FTA unites more than 1,700 retailers, importers and brand as the leading business association of international commerce that promotes the values of free trade and sustainable supply chains. (www.fta-intl.org)

Through its sustainability division, which Darrell has led since 2015, FTA provides the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) to support participants to improve working conditions in factories and farms worldwide. It also provides the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) to facilitate improved environmental performance in global supply chains.

Darrell is originally from the U.S.A and has spent many years in Hong Kong. Prior to working at FTA, he was the Global EHS & Global Social Compliance Director for Avery Dennison and he also spent time at Ford Motor Company where he gathered leadership skills in sustainable supply chains and global business management. Darrell holds an MBA with a focus in Operations Management and Mandarin Chinese.

Tara Holeman
Vice President Program Management and Quality - EICC

Tara Holeman is Vice President of Program Management and Quality at the EICC where she manages the Validated Audit Process (VAP) audit program for supply chain audits and oversees the conflict minerals program for the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI). She has more than 20 years' experience in human rights, labor rights and supply chain social compliance, including compliance auditing, stakeholder engagement, crisis management and supplier training. She has worked in Latin America and Asia in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including Business for Social Responsibility and the International Finance Corporation. She has an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Mark Robertson
Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations – ICTI Care

Mark Robertson is Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at ICTI CARE and has been with the organization since August 2015. Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of the stakeholder and communications teams. He leads on a varied program of work to promote ICTI CARE globally, as well as content production and thought leadership activities.

Mark is passionate about sustainability and firm believer that being more responsible creates better businesses.

Before joining ICTI CARE Mark was Head of Marketing & Communications at Sedex Global where he led Sedex's global communication team and managed all aspects of the organization's press, Public Relations and marketing work. Prior to this he was Head of Communications at responsible investment research firm EIRIS where he provided communications leadership, strategic thinking and creative ideas which established EIRIS as a global thought leader.

Mark is a graduate in Environmental Science and is a qualified Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM). Follow Mark on twitter @CSRCommunicator.

Christophe Liebon
Vice President Supplier Management – Intertek

Christophe is currently the Vice President for Intertek Supplier Management Business line at Intertek since 2012. A Food and Microbiology Msc by background, as well as SA8000 advanced auditor, he has been working in the field of compliance for more than 15 years. Christophe is currently a board member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition Labor Convergence Steering Committee as well a member of the Interim executive board of APSCA (Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditor).

Rona Starr
Executive Director – APSCA

Rona Starr joined APSCA as the Executive Director, 1 August 2016 after 21 years with McDonald's in various roles. She was part of the roll out of McDonald's social compliance program within Asia in 2002; and became the global lead in 2009. In 2010, she gathered the audit firms used by McDonald's together to form an advisory board to focus on improvement within the industry. From there, numerous projects were undertaken, which included the implementation of a train the trainer program for auditors where she travelled the world to ensure calibration and continuous improvement among the service providers – which included many of the now APSCA member firms.

She is an accomplished and globally networked business leader with the capacity to influence at all levels of an organization. A specialist in transformational environments, she has defined expertise in risk management across emerging markets, combining a track record of success in supply chain management, administration, international business coordination and workplace compliance.

Christophe Liebon
Vice President Supplier Management – Intertek Group plc

As Vice President of Business Assurance – Supplier Management based in Stockholm, Christophe supports Intertek Supplier Management global portfolio of clients in identifying, managing and mitigating their supply chain risks. Christophe has been working in the field of Responsible, Sourcing, Sustainability, 2nd and 3rd party certification for Social, Security, Quality and Environment for more than 18 years and held successive positions within Intertek where he supported client's supply chain risk management strategy from the design to its implementation on a global basis.

Avedis Seferian
President and CEO – Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

Avedis joined WRAP in 2004 and became its President and CEO in 2012. He has extensive knowledge of social responsibility issues within the highly complex worldwide supply chains of the apparel, textile and footwear sectors. A recognized expert in the area of social compliance and responsible sourcing, he often speaks on topics in this field at different forums around the world, and has contributed to many leading trade publications and news outlets. Avedis serves on the Board of Advisors of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, as well as the Stakeholder Board for the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA).

Specifically with regards to APSCA, Avedis has been involved from the very beginning of the initiative and has been a strong advocate for the need for such an entity from even before he took the helm at WRAP. With over a decade of practice in the social compliance audit space – including experience in various different facets, from conducting audits to training auditors to running an audit program to heading a certification organization – Avedis can speak to the broad range of issues relevant to professionalization of social compliance auditors.

Avedis began his career working for a business research and development organization before migrating over to legal research. Prior to joining WRAP, he was with a small law firm in Washington, DC. Avedis has also taught in various capacities in the business and legal arenas. He speaks five languages and holds three degrees from three separate continents - a Bachelor's in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University in India; an MBA from the American University of Armenia; and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in the United States, where he was a Law Fellow and made the Dean's List.

Avedis is a member of the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. He resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and 2 sons.

Greg Gardner
President & CEO – Arche Advisors

Greg is President & CEO of Arche Advisors. Gardner has spent the last 21 years helping global retailers and brands do the right thing for their businesses by improving working conditions and protecting workers' rights around the world. Greg is a respected leader, visionary, and strategic thinker in the Corporate Social Responsibility industry, supporting 500+ clients throughout the span of his career. Starting as an auditor, Greg worked his way up through the organization and served as President & CEO for 8+ years.

Greg has audited over 2,000 factories, farms, and processing plants for Fortune 500 companies in over 80 countries since 1995. He has audited coal mines in Siberia, NGOs in Burkina Faso, state-owned factories in Iraq, Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, more recently conducting various training to law enforcement officers on human rights within Nigeria. Greg has managed a global team of 350 professionals doing 22,000 CSR assessments in 150 countries each year. Greg has worked on supply chain and traceability projects in 14 African countries. His best day at work is out in the field, interviewing owners, managers, and workers in the continuous effort to better business by improving working conditions.

He earned his BA in Political Science from San Diego State University, his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and completed the Executive Education Program me in International Management at Stanford/National University of Singapore.

Kara Chan
Global Quality, Training and Compliance Manager - Supplier Management - Intertek

Kara Chan is the Global Quality, Training and Compliance Manager Intertek Canada. She manages the implementation and execution of the global training for auditors as well as designs capacity building solutions for clients and suppliers. With more than 1000 Social Compliance Audits in 20+ countries, she has a wide range of knowledge and experience in assessing and mitigating supply chain risks for across business sectors. Kara is the chair of the APSCA Working Group for auditor competence.

David Camp
Chief Executive of the Association of Labour Providers (ALP)

David Camp is Chief Executive of the Association of Labour Providers (ALP) (www.labourproviders.org.uk), a trade association promoting good practice for organisations that supply the workforce to the UK consumer goods supply chain across the food processing, horticultural and wider manufacturing, industrial, warehousing and distribution sectors.

ALP in association with NSF International is launching Clearview (www.clearviewassurance.com), a global labour provider certification scheme to drive responsible recruitment practices in supply chains.

David is founder and programme lead of Stronger Together (www.stronger2gether.org), a business led multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative whose purpose is to support organisations to tackle modern slavery within their businesses and supply chains.

David is founder and programme co-ordinator of Fast Forward, a collaborative initiative with many retailers and brands to build legal and ethical labour standards compliance within the consumer goods supply chain.

David runs allianceHR Ltd (www.alliancehr.co.uk and www.complyer.co.uk), providing supply chain ethical trade, labour standards and human rights consultancy, compliance and training solutions to retailers, suppliers and labour providers.

Government actions have a direct impact on our business as it relates to supply chain management. In May, President Trump and the new Republican Congress will be four months into office. Will we have a clearer picture of the new administration's policies and Congressional legislation, and their impact on trade, regulations, and executive orders? Come participate in this lively debate as Nate Herman, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) presents an update on the state of play in Washington, DC, and how it could impact you.

Nate Herman, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain American Apparel & Footwear Association - AAFA
Melike Ann Yetken, Senior Advisor for Corporate Responsibility - U.S. Department of State

Nate Herman
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain American Apparel & Footwear Association - AAFA

Nate Herman joined AAFA in 2001. Mr. Herman manages AAFA's regulatory and legislative affairs activities, advocating on behalf of, and providing information to, the industry on international trade and corporate social responsibility issues. Mr. Herman also handles product safety, customs, transportation and other technical (slip resistance, safety toe, etc.) issues as well as labeling matters for AAFA's footwear members as co-leader of AAFA's Footwear Team.

Pete Karlan
CEO - Phylagen

Pete Karlan is an experienced early stage company builder focused on commercializing breakthrough biotech and cleantech platforms. Pete has been the CEO of Phylagen since 2016.

Prior to Phylagen, Pete held a variety of leadership roles at TerraVia (formerly Solazyme) - an industrial biotech company. At TerraVia, Pete played an integral role in raising over $600M of investment capital; led the development and launch of a breakthrough animal nutrition ingredient; and drove TerraVia's re-positioning as a food and specialty ingredients company.

Earlier in his career, Pete other experiences included positions at EarthWater Global; Boston Consulting Group; and StreetSquash. Pete holds an AB in History from Harvard and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship form Columbia Business School.

Melike Ann Yetken
Senior Advisor for Corporate Responsibility - U.S. Department of State

Melike Ann Yetken currently serves as Senior Advisor for Corporate Responsibility and U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines at the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, she leads a team that works with governments, non-governmental organizations, and multinational corporations to advise on how to conduct business responsibly in operations abroad.

Previously, Ms. Yetken was Director for African Affairs on the National Security Council at The White House. She created the first-ever head of state summit between the U.S. and Africa, including the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum. Bringing together one fourth of the world's leaders and leading CEOs to Washington for a three day summit to discuss increased trade and investment in Africa, this event was the largest convening of heads of state by a U.S. president since 1945.

Prior to this position, Ms. Yetken led the Business and Human Rights section in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and served as lead U.S. negotiator at both the UN General Assembly in New York and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Ms. Yetken graduated with honors from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs where focused on public policy and international affairs. She was named a distinguished alumna from Indiana University in 2010. In 2012, Ms. Yetken was a member of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Human Rights, created to bring together thought leaders together to develop innovative solutions to address key global challenges. In 2015, she was named a WEF Young Global Leader and is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Valentina Gurney
Associate Program Director- Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)

Valentina's focus is on engaging companies to adopt and implement fair hiring and recruiting policies to confront slavery and trafficking in global supply chains. Adopting fair hiring policies is one important part of responsible employment practices that include ethical recruitment of workers. The program takes a closer look at the commodities sector, in particular, Palm Oil and Seafood industries. Valentina's research, analysis, and program evaluation are geared towards developing a set of tools for companies and investors to move business community towards more expansive traceability, risk assessment and remediation throughout supply chains.

Valentina's experience bridges research and analysis of commodity market with work in labor and human rights. Having been involved in sustainable business development since 2004, Valentina got her start at the Social Accountability International (SAI) promoting human rights in workplaces around the world through SAI's accreditation and training programs. Prior to joining ICCR, Valentina managed the award winning Cotton Program against Child Labor and Forced Adult Labor in the Uzbek Cotton Industry with The Responsible Sourcing Network, project of As You Sow out of San Francisco, CA and led engagement with the US and European apparel industry on the issues of human rights, responsible sourcing of raw materials and cotton traceability to producer. Valentina was also involved in a number of projects with the World Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Switzerland and United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka focusing on integrating sustainable and transparent practices into environmental and management systems as well as responsible business development in emerging markets and countries undergoing transition.

Valentina's work includes publications on the topics of political and reputational risk, better business practices, supply chain management, traceability of raw commodities and environmental impact of development projects. She is fluent in French, Spanish and Russian and holds a Master's of International Affairs Degree with a focus on Economic Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Denise Meagles
Executive Vice President, Global Sourcing - Lenox Corporation

Denise's career has been dedicated to the execution of continuous improvement in Social Compliance, Quality, Manufacturing and Product Development. Her extensive experience working with over 6,000 suppliers and living in Asia has given her in-depth insights into the key cultural factors that drive decisions and determine the ultimate outcome of any project.

The belief that true success can only be achieved with equal partnerships is her overarching philosophy. She practices the Platinum Rule: treat others as they would want to be treated. At her core she leverages her research and knowledge of a supplier's position to inspire loyalty, drive performance and create a win-win situation.

Chris Van Bergen
Chief Operating Officer - Nest

Chris is the Chief Operating Officer for Nest (www.buildanest.org), a nonprofit which for more than a decade has been a fundamental force in building a more circular global artisan economy by which craftspeople, brands, and consumers are connected through transparency, education and macro-scale solution building.

Working closely alongside Nest's Executive Director, Chris has helped to grow Nest's global artisan network to include 300+ businesses across 50+ countries that now have access to Nest support. As Nest's COO, Chris oversees all of Nest's programming, which includes both direct-to-artisan business training, mentorship, and development, as well as that facilitated in partnership with pioneering retail brands like West Elm, Patagonia, Eileen Fisher and Target, to name a few.

Chris has been a driving force in spearheading Nest's Artisan Advancement Project: an unprecedented industry-wide initiative to bring ethical compliance training, assessment, and remediation to the informal economy for global craft production. Leveraging years of onsite and remote work understanding the operational challenges of small artisan enterprises, the Nest Artisan Advancement Project is focused on ensuring that the millions of people working from homes and small workshops around the world are visible, protected, and empowered.

Chris is currently pursuing his Executive MBA at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, the University of Rochester.

Michael R. Littenberg
Partner - Ropes & Gray

Michael Littenberg is a Partner at Ropes & Gray, a global law firm. As part of his practice, for more than 25 years, Michael has been active in advising leading public and private companies on supply chain compliance and corporate social responsibility matters, including relating to, among other areas, anti-human trafficking and conflict minerals and other commodities, and he is widely viewed as the leading practitioner in this emerging area. Michael advises a significant number of companies on compliance with the US Conflict Minerals Rule, the pending EU Conflict Minerals regulation, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, the UK Modern Slavery Act, the FAR anti-human trafficking rule, REACH, RoHS, OFAC and anti-boycott and other supply chain-related regulations. Michael advises clients on, among other things, disclosures and compliance with legal requirements, the construction and implementation of compliance programs, mitigating customer, regulatory, litigation, NGO and socially responsible investor risk and in interactions with these constituencies and other stakeholders.

Raja M Shanmugham
President - Tirupur Exporter Association

Mr. Raja M Shanmugham is the President of Tirupur Exporters Association. His philosophy of life is to give equal importance to Personal Life, Family Life, Professional Life and Social Life, and, he has succeeded in maintaining a perfect balance in all these vital areas. Professionally and Socially, he is very active with many Educational Institutions, and organizations like TEA, AEPC, SITRA, NITRA, BTRA, ATIRA, ITTA, SASMIRA, CAB, CII, FICCI, National Board of MSME, Sripuram Charitable Trust, etc. His top priority is to create one lakh housing units for his labourers and to cross an export turnover of one lakh crore.

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.

Wesley Wilson
Senior Director of Responsible Sourcing - Walmart

Wesley Wilson - is the Senior Director of Responsible Sourcing at Walmart and a member of the Responsible Sourcing leadership team. In this role, Wesley leads a risk-based approach to define focus areas for the Responsible Sourcing program across Walmart's supply chains, building coalitions to drive impact and focus on industry and issue areas. Wesley brings experience from the consumer goods and public sectors, having worked across a range of innovation efforts in corporate responsibility and international development.

Ivano Corraini
Former Secretary General - FILCAMS-CGIL

Mr. Corraini is the former Secretary General of FILCAMS-CGIL and currently leads the National Legal Office of CGIL. CGIL is the main Italian union with over 5.7 million members. He is also the president of the FILCAMS-CGIL Study Centre. FILCAMS-CGIL is the fourth largest union with approximately 357,000 members. As former Secretary General of FILCAMS, Mr. Corraini was in charge of organizing workers and collective bargaining through national labor contracts with national level companies belonging to the same sectors. He represented FILCAMS-CGIL to employer associations, national institutions, and the Italian government. Mr. Corraini has negotiated fifteen national labor contracts, including the Commercial Tertiary contract, the consumer cooperatives contract, the tourism contract, the private security contract, cleaning services contract and house working contract.

Anuj Jain
CEO - Shingora Textiles – YES

After completing his masters in business administration from US in 2001, Anuj has been controlling the heart of the family run Shingora Textiles Limited.

Starting his career at the shop floor in 2001, Anuj today leads the manufacturing & financial operations of Shingora Textiles Limited. One of the first things he did was to create awareness in the company about being equal.

He is responsible of creating state of the art manufacturing operations and implementing technology in every aspect of production and management of business. His scientific bent of mind along with his proficiency in economics and finance has seen him at the helm of change in introduction and administration-level management information systems at Shingora. This has given Shingora a great thrust and there by growing the company from being a cottage factory two decade back to today a fully integrated textile mill which is manufacturing premium scarves, Textiles, Home and beach products. His passion for having a happy work force, led him to where Shingora is today. Under his management the company has been able to increase its earnings., become social responsible and environmentally complaint.

Shingora’s journey with SA 8000 started in 2007 and till date its the only company in the scarves segment to be certified.

Apart from this Anuj has been on the board of Entrepreneurs Organisation (Punjab Chapter) for three year and currently hold the Forum Chair.

Achim Lohrie
Director Corporate Responsibility - Tchibo

Mr. Lohrie is the Head of Corporate Responsibility at Tchibo GmbH in Hamburg, Germany since April 2006. Tchibo is the world’s fourth-largest coffee roaster and No. 3 eCommerce vendor of Non-Food articles in Germany.

In this position, Mr. Lohrie is responsible for the continuous development, adaptation and implementation of sustainability strategies for Tchibo (environmental and social responsibility, integrity of the management, corporate governance and corporate citizenship). He is a member of the SAI Advisory Board since 1997 and is its chair since October 2009.

From 1992 to 2005, he was the Head of Social Strategy Development and Controlling for Otto GmbH & Co. KG, the largest mail-order catalogue group in the world, and Managing Director of Systain Consulting GmbH, offering consulting services in corporate social responsibility. In these positions, he was responsible for developing and implementing management systems of social relevance and for Otto Group internal and external consultancy. Mr. Lohrie has a law degree and served as the in-house counsel in the legal department of Otto from 1990 to 1992. He also served as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry in Developing Countries (FSAF).

Colleen Vien
Sustainability Director, VF Timberland –YES

As Timberland’s Sustainability Director, Colleen is responsible for setting strategic direction for CSR at the company globally, focused on product and climate sustainability, enrichment programs for our partner factory workers, and community and employee engagement - including internal and external stakeholder engagement, public relations and transparency communications. Colleen has been with Timberland since 2005 and prior to being promoted to Sustainability Director in 2014, she led the company’s Code of Conduct / Supplier Sustainability program. Colleen’s experience leading the global Supplier Sustainability team and her ability to align and influence many in the leadership team and across businesses, along with her strong commitment to Timberland’s values are further leveraged in this new role. Colleen reports directly to the President of Timberland with dotted line to VF Corporation’s Sustainability Director.

Prior to working at Timberland, Colleen was the Corporate Compliance Liason Manager at TYCO Engineered Products and Services, where she coordinated compliance risk assessments throughout the organization. Prior to joining TYCO, Colleen served as Director of Compliance for Apogent Technologies Inc. and was responsible for developing, directing and implementing the company’s global ethics, business conduct and legal compliance program.

Colleen has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin.

Amy Hall
Director of Social Consciousness, Eileen Fisher

As Director of Social Consciousness and a member of the Leadership Forum for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER, Amy supports the company’s efforts to practice “business as a movement.” Amy collaborates internally and externally to guide the company toward ever-increasing human, environmental and economic sustainability, including co-leading the company’s Vision2020 work. She also co-leads the company’s People and Culture area, together with leaders of the Human Resources, Leadership Learning & Development and Internal Communications teams. Amy chairs the advisory board of Social Accountability International and serves on the boards of Made-By and the American Sustainable Business Council. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a sustainable M.B.A. from Green Mountain College. In 2011, Amy rode from New York City to Washington, DC, on her self-built bamboo bike as part of the Brita Climate Ride.

Sunil Bhaskaran
Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel - YES

Sunil Bhaskaran is the Vice President of Corporate Services at Tata Steel Limited. He is responsible for the Corporate Citizenship aspect of Tata Steel’s Vision, overseeing the realization of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives within Tata Steel (India) Operations, aimed at improving the quality of life of over a million stakeholders in neighboring communities. He is providing leadership to departments such as - Corporate Sustainability Services, Corporate Affairs & Communications, External Corporate Relations, Procurement, Administration, Medical, Security Services, Legal, Sports and Jamshedpur Town Infrastructure & Logistics departments and also heads the Procurement division responsible for sourcing of raw materials, services, consumables and spares functions.

Sunil has over 25 years of varied experience in the Tata Group. With early experience in Tata Steel mainly in Marketing and Sales, he went on to head Tata Steel’s exports function before moving to Tata International in 2002 as Vice President and Principal Executive Officer. In that role he was responsible for Strategy, Business Excellence, HR, Communications and Corporate Planning, at Tata International. In 2005 he moved back to Tata Steel in MDs Office at Mumbai. In 2006 he moved to Global Wires and has been Executive in Charge (Global Wires) which includes all Tata Steel Wires entities in India, Thailand, China and Sri Lanka.

Mr Sunil Bhaskaran is a Chemical Engineer (B Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 1985) and a Management Post Graduate (PGDM from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, 1997). He has also completed his GMP from Cedep INSEAD, France in 2000.

All industries are being forced to deal with traceability in their supply chain, either by legislation, or pressure groups, or reaction to being publically caught at a poor facility that you weren't even aware of. The panel seeks to look at the various approaches that different industries employ for risk management and search out common threads of tackling this issue as well as view case studies of how companies are actively working together to implement a common strategy regardless of industry using a public framework.

Nate Herman, Vice President of International Trade, AAFA

Monique Oxender, Sr. Director, Sustainability - Keurig Green Mountain
Mike Loch, Director, Supply Chain Corporate Responsibility- Motorola Solutions, Inc
Didier Bergeret, Head - Global Social Compliance Programme

Presentation Cross Industry Perspectives combined

Civil Society Organizations have held a unique role as a steward for communities around the world; brokering and channeling information from the people they serve to the corporations they aim to keep in check. Managing the dialogue and their expectations, while also keeping them as part of the conversation can be a daunting task that requires a great amount of organizational fortitude. This mini-lab will provide some success stories and some solutions to assist your company with successfully incorporating CSOs as important stakeholders in your CSR strategies and practices.

Debbie Coulter, Head of Programmes – Ethical Trading Initiative

Avedis Seferian
President and CEO — Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

Avedis Seferian joined WRAP in 2004 and was named President & CEO in 2012. He has extensive knowledge of social responsibility issues within the highly complex worldwide supply chains of the apparel, textile and footwear sectors. A recognized expert in the area of social compliance and responsible sourcing, he often speaks on topics in this field at different forums around the world, and has contributed to many leading trade publications and news outlets. Mr. Seferian serves on the Board of Advisors of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, as well as the Stakeholder Board for the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors. He speaks five languages and holds degrees from three continents, including a BA from St. Stephen's College in India, an MBA from the American University of Armenia, and a JD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Mamun Zaman
Senior Manager Operation – Intertek Supplier Management

Mamun Zaman is working as a Senior Manager, Operation - for Intertek since April 2005. He is having a total 18 years of working experience in the apparel sector in Bangladesh. He is an expert hand in the social compliance auditing. He manages almost 1450 Social, Fire & Electrical Safety audits in a year and monitors & acts with the changes of local regulation. He is graduated in commerce in 1993 and accomplished with MBA in the Supply Chain Management in 2013.

The quickening spread of both supply chains and western consumer culture worldwide has outpaced efforts ensuring environmental compliance norms expected of the buyers are instituted within the management systems and corporate cultures of their suppliers. This has caused a number of major issues of hazardous chemical discharge over the last several years, threatening communities in developing countries. These issues have received a lot of attention from a variety of stakeholders, which has led to millions of dollars in investment by companies worldwide to ensure goals for zero discharge are being set and achieved. This mini-lab will provide updates to various initiatives and some important takeaways from the global ZDHC movement.

Greg Montello, Product Chemistry Manager – New Balance

Let's try to make Fair Wage and Living Wage a bit more accessible with an overview and resources on how to understand these complex and often confusing terms. Learn how to start incorporating them into your own requirements for supplier partners.

Alex Katz, Senior Manager Research and Stakeholder Relations – SAI


Mathieu Lamolle
Senior Advisor, Sustainability Standards & Value Chains – International Trade Centre

Mathieu Lamolle has over 10 years of experience in international trade, market access and sustainable development issues. He holds a Master's degree in International Economics and Management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS) and speaks English, French and Spanish.

Mathieu has joined the International Trade Centre (ITC) in October 2007. He is senior advisor on sustainabiulity standards and value chains and he leads the development of the Standards Map global repository of sustainability standards, codes of conduct and audit protocols (www.standardsmap.org). He coordinates partnerships with private companies and NGOs on the use of Standards Map and provides technical assistance to develop sustainable sourcing strategies, helping companies to integrate sustainability in their supply chains and meet international markets' requirements.

Stephen V. Fischer
CPM Director, Procurement Strategy Colgate-Palmolive Company

STEPHEN V. FISCHER is the Director, Procurement Strategy for Colgate-Palmolive Company, where he leads the development and execution of sourcing strategies and processes in Colgate's Global Procurement organization.

Steve's team manages Colgate's Responsible & Sustainable Sourcing programs, as well as Global Procurement's supplier management and risk management activities, and business process development and execution.

At Colgate, Steve has held key positions in procurement, supply chain and finance across a number of Colgate's international and domestic businesses.

Steve serves as Vice-Chairman of AIM-PROGRESS, a forum of consumer goods manufacturers and suppliers assembled to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable production systems.

Steve is a former Board Member and past President of the Institute for Supply Management - New York chapter. Steve is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

While much of the focus on supply chain CSR investment has been on the 'first tier' of influence in the supply chain, corporations are increasingly asked to showcase their information management in tracing the source of the product's inputs for production. Minerals and precious metals/gems, cotton and seafood products all have come under much scrutiny over the past several years, pressuring companies to ensure they can trace their products as far upstream as possible. This mini-lab seeks to educate on some of the various takeaways and successes from the techniques being applied by a variety of corporations around the world.

Anita Househam, Senior Manager, Policy & Legal / Supply Chain Sustainability - UN Global Compact

Lawrence Heim
CPEA, The Elm Consulting Group

Mr. Heim is a Director of Elm Sustainability Partners LLC and The Elm Consulting Group International, LLC, with more than 28 years of experience environmental and sustainability management, focusing on audit programs and risk assessments. He began working on conflict minerals issues in 2010 as one of the original three audit firms approved to conduct Conflict Free Smelter audits, completing the first tantalum smelter audits under that program.

Mr. Heim was the only representative of the EHS consulting/auditing sector selected by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an expert panelist in their 2011 Conflict Minerals Roundtable convened in developing the final regulation. He was selected by The Auditing Roundtable to lead the development of auditor guidance for use in applying GAO Performance Audit standards to audits of Conflict Minerals Reports. He is the firm's lead on conflict minerals services, is the developer of the CMCheckPoint SM tool and is currently assisting a range of industrial companies and retailers in assessing/developing their conflict minerals programs. Mr. Heim is a frequent contributor to the media on the subject of conflict minerals programs and auditing, and has made numerous public presentations across the country.

Regulations around once voluntary corporate CSR practices are on the rise and the climate for compliance is changing quickly. As an extension of our previous event discussions with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and the various Executive Orders on purchasing requirements, coupled with recent major lawsuits, a legal expert will lead the Minilab in an examination of some of the most significant changes in the regulatory and legal climate around CSR to-date, and how to prepare your company for more.

Paul O. Hirose, Senior Counsel with Perkins Coie LLP

Each year, the Ethical Sourcing Forum strives to bring attention to a region or country exhibiting strong growth in a variety of import or export sectors. With such growth comes a variety of risks and often unanticipated problems for buying companies. In this mini-lab, Intertek will share a variety of challenges, cultural norms and issues related to sourcing in Brazil, and some strategies to ensure you are managing risks their efficiently and effectively.


Often we lack understanding of our supplier partners' unique perspectives as they apply a variety of compliance and CSR requirements as set forth by their buyer clients. This panel seeks to gather suppliers to the table to discuss how they are integrating sustainability requirements, and provide insight on challenges and recommendations to improve supply chain CSR.

Catherine Beare, Senior Director Supply Chain Assurance — Intertek

Bruce Klafter, Sr. Director, EHS & Sustainability – Flextronics
Daniel Uretsky, President – Allied Feather & Down
Susan Lorenz-Fisher, Director of CSR & Sustainability - Keystone Foods
Sarah Labowitz, Co-director, Center for Business and Human Rights – NYU Stern School of Business
Michael Lu, Managing Director, Team Concepts Printing Factory

Markus T. Funk

T. Markus Funk, the founding Co-Chair of Perkins Coie's Supply Chain Compliance Practice, served as a decorated Chicago federal prosecutor, DOJ Section Chief in Kosovo, federal district and appellate clerk, and law professor at, among other institutions, Oxford University, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the USDOJ National Advocacy Center. During his time in public service, Markus and his team prosecuted the "Operation Family Secrets" mob-murder case, the conduct underlying which was the basis for the move Casino - National Public Radio lauded the case as "one of the most important criminal investigations... in American history." Markus is also prolific author, most recently authoring (with Judge Virginia Kendall) Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and US Responses.

Laura Wittman
Vice President, Corporate Compliance and Human Rights, The Jones Group Inc.

Laura Wittman manages the factory monitoring and remediation program, product safety and supply chain sustainability efforts for the Company's apparel, footwear and accessories lines of business. Laura has been with the Jones Group for 19 years, starting in the Internal Audit department before being asked to monitor domestic and offshore factories. Her prior experience includes six years in public accounting

Good information is critical when making decisions for supply chain compliance and for improving supplier performance. As CSR and compliance professionals, how can we be gathering information in a more valuable manner? This workshop will provide insights and recommendations to incorporate root cause analysis into your supply chain CSR programs.

Sister Ruth Rosenbaum, TC, PhD, Executive Director - CREA: Center for Reflection, Education and Action

Doug Cahn
Principal, The Cahn Group, LLC

Doug Cahn is the principal of The Cahn Group, LLC, a corporate responsibility consultancy dedicated to creating sound business practices that are consistent with societal needs and stakeholder expectations. He also operates Clear Voice, an initiative that builds effective grievance mechanisms in factories and farms.

Doug is a pioneer in applying corporate codes of conduct to factories with over a decade of experience as vice president of Human Rights Programs at Reebok International. Doug is a board member of Verite and an advisory board member of the Fair Factories Clearinghouse and Good Weave.

Dr Marsha Dickson
Professor and Chairperson, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, University of Delaware

Dr. Marsha Dickson is Irma Ayers Professor of Human Services, chairperson in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, and co-director of the Sustainable Apparel Initiative at the University of Delaware. She is internationally known for her research and teaching on social responsibility in the apparel industry and has published several books and research articles on consumer and business practices in social responsibility. Dickson is also an executive member of the board of directors of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a non-governmental organization originally formed by President Clinton to improve working conditions in factories around the world.

Heather Franzese
Executive Director, Good World Solutions

Recognized as a Purpose Economy 100 (PE100) global change maker, Heather Franzese has been working for 15 years to improve the lives of vulnerable workers in global supply chains. She leads Good World Solutions, one of 12 social entrepreneurs in the 2013 accelerator class at Santa Clara University's Global Social Benefit Institute at the Center for Science, Technology and Society. Since 2010, the organization's Labor Link platform has bridged the gap to over 75,000 workers and farmers in 10 countries, including China, India and Brazil.

Heather brings together industry experience managing CSR for Columbia Sportswear Company's licensed and collegiate categories, launching Fair Trade certification for apparel, raising $4 million in social impact funding, and field experience with small-scale farmers in Peace Corps Mali. She holds a Masters in Economic Development from Harvard Kennedy School.

Tu Rinsche
Manager, The Walt Disney Company

Tu Rinsche is Manager, International Labor Standards at The Walt Disney Company. Disney's International Labor Standards program seeks to foster safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces wherever Disney-branded products are made. In this role, Ms. Rinsche works on external stakeholder engagement and supply chain investment programs related to labor issues in the licensing and sourcing of Disney-branded consumer products. Prior to this, Ms. Rinsche worked at the U.S. Department of State focusing on issues related to human and worker rights, corporate social responsibility and multi-stakeholder dialogue. Previously, Ms. Rinsche served as a Peace Corps Volunteer working on health issues in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Ms. Rinsche also has expertise in government relations, international development and security issues. Ms. Rinsche holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of International Affairs, with an Advanced Certificate in African Studies and concentration in International Security Policy, from Columbia University in New York, NY.

Compliance and CSR managers are challenged by unique human rights and environmental issues affecting their supply chain partners' businesses, their workers and the communities they operate in. Verite, a thought leader for improving working conditions worldwide, has developed some unique solutions with leading brands to codify, assess and implement market leading strategies to deal with these challenges. This workshop will provide attendees with some of the tools they can use to lead their organization towards a market leading path, specifically in areas regarding migrant workers, contract work and human trafficking.

Bob Mitchell, Global Manager, Supply Chain Responsibility – HP
Declan Croucher, Director - Verité

Greg Montello
Product Chemistry Manager – New Balance

Greg Montello is the Product Chemistry Manager for New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc., a global footwear, apparel and equipment brand. Product chemistry compliance consists of RSL implementation, product safety and sustainability. Currently, his duties include the development, global deployment, and oversight of New Balance's Restricted Substance Manual (RSM) for all New Balance product lines. He is a member of, and has participated in a number of working groups including the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), the Apparel, Footwear, International RSL Management working group (AFIRM), the Leather Working Group (LWG) and Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). Greg studied Environmental Toxicology as an undergrad at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and pursued studies at the University of Oregon in Environmental Policy as a grad student. In his “spare" time, Greg also helps NB develop product as a footwear and apparel tester, in which he has run two Boston Marathons, five 200 mile relay races, played countless hours of tennis and basketball, and has hit many golf balls testing various types of athletic footwear and apparel in his 5 years of working for NB.

Paul O. Hirose

Paul O. Hirose is Senior Counsel with Perkins Coie LLP and a member of its Corporate Social Responsibility & Supply Chain Compliance practice. Paul has worked closely with or served in the legal departments of several multinational and mid-market companies; for the past 19 years, he has been Marketing Counsel for Isuzu North America. A former Certified Public Accountant, he possesses audit and compliance experience.

Paul served as President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and is also the Business CSR Advisor to the Tronie Foundation – a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending modern day slavery and mentoring survivors of human trafficking. Paul graduated from U.C.L.A. and earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Bruce Klafter
Sr. Director, EHS & Sustainability – Flextronics

Bruce Klafter is a respected leader in sustainability, environmental, health and safety (EH&S) and corporate responsibility circles. He joined Flextronics, a socially-responsible, global leader in design, manufacturing, distribution and aftermarket services, to provide strategic direction to the Company's social and environmental responsibility initiatives. A highly effective communicator and team leader, Bruce continues to lend his expertise to numerous industry and professional development efforts. Prior to joining the technology sector, Bruce had a distinguished legal career in public and private practice, specializing in environmental and natural resources law.

Daniel Uretsky
President – Allied Feather & Down

Daniel Uretsky graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2006 and practiced law for four years before joining Allied Feather and Down as its General Counsel. He currently serves as the company's President and oversees most aspects of the company including its sustainability and ethical sourcing efforts. As a feather and down supplier Allied works with many international brands in the Outdoor, Apparel, and Home industries and has been able to affect meaningful positive change within the various global supply chains they work with.

Alex Katz

Alex manages the SA8000 Standard, including its revision, interpretation, and promotion. Alex coordinates and fosters stakeholder engagement, including SAI's MACs (Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committees), thereby ensuring two-way communication and the continuous strengthening of relations with a wide range of stakeholders. His previous experience was in the private sector as a code of conduct and management systems auditor, specialized researcher, and consultant to brands, vendors, factories, and agents on capacity building engagements. Alex earned his BS degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Michael Toffel
Professor - Harvard Business School

Michael Toffel is a professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School and is the Faculty Chair of the school's Business and Environment Initiative. His research examines the effectiveness of companies' environmental and safety programs, and of environmental and safety regulations. He writes academic articles based on statistical analyses of large datasets as well as case studies focusing on individual companies. He received a PhD from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, an MBA and Master's in Environmental Management from Yale University, and BA in Government from Lehigh University. He has also served as a Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety for a multinational company.

Jane Hwang
Director – Corporate Programs and Training, Social Accountability International (SAI)

Jane Hwang is SAI's Director of Corporate Programs and Training, overseeing our global capacity building programs, which include training and technical assistance, corporate advisory services, strategic initiatives, and public-private partnerships. At SAI, Jane co-created Social Fingerprint®, as well as Social Fingerprint Rapid Results™, programs to measure and improve social performance, management systems and worker engagement. She has co-authored several implementation guides for the UN and World Bank IFC, and served on various global working groups, including GRI G4 Supply Chain. Prior to joining SAI, she worked in corporate marketing and legal research, and previously in behavioral sciences and medical research. She earned her B.A. and M.B.A from Columbia University.

Even with the substantial increase of investment in supply chain audits and related responsible sourcing strategies over the past fifteen years, companies continue to discover new and emerging risks that were not initially on their radar. How to identify these emerging 'hidden' supply chain risks and how to incorporate them into your strategic initiatives can be challenging for a variety of stakeholders. This panel seeks to evaluate the reshaping of approaches to emerging issues such as recruitment agencies and migrant workers, land rights and indirect supply chains, and provide solutions and directions for how to manage these emerging risks in the near term.

Rachelle Jackson, Director, Sustainability & Innovation – Arche Advisors

John Gabriel, Corporate Manager Supply Chain Social Responsibility, IBM
Craig Moss, COO - Center for the Responsible Enterprise and Trade
Irit Tamir, Special Advisor, Private Sector at Oxfam America – Oxfam America
Ruici Tio, Director, Kroll, Southeast Asia – Kroll

Rachelle Jackson
Director, Sustainability & Innovation, Arche Advisors

Rachelle Jackson has nearly two decades experience working on labor, human rights and traceability issues in global supply chains. In this time, she has worked in over 80 countries and conducted more than 1,500 assessments across a range of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, food processing and extractives. Rachelle recently served on the USDA Consultative Group to Eliminate Child Labor and Forced Labor on Imported Agricultural Products. She is currently a member of the United Nations Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability and the Outdoor Industry Association's Down Traceability Task force. She has an MA in CSR, Social Auditing and Accountability from the Universitat de Barcelona.

Craig Moss
COO - Center for the Responsible Enterprise and Trade

Craig Moss, Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org), is a leading expert on using management systems to improve compliance performance within companies and across supply chains. At CREATe, Mr. Moss is responsible for developing and delivering CREATe Leading Practices, a program designed to help companies and their supply chain companies reduce the risks associated with trade secret theft, counterfeiting, piracy and corruption. Mr. Moss is an Executive Advisor for Social Accountability International (SAI) where he led development of Social Fingerprint® and Social Fingerprint Rapid Results™, programs helping Fortune 500 companies develop and implement improved sustainability practices. He has developed guides on implementing management systems to improve compliance for organizations including World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation and the United Nations. Previously, Mr. Moss founded Global Access Corporation, where he led more than 3,000 business development projects in 50 countries.

Each year, the Ethical Sourcing Forum dedicates one Mini-Lab session to highlight an emerging approach enhanced by technological innovation that fundamentally changes the way we do CSR in the supply chain. We are still finalizing which technique or approach we will highlight this year, and are open for proposals.

Transparency is increasingly important in today's corporate world. Corporate Social Responsibility, through the lens often referred to as “Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)" by the investment community, is equally important for analysts the world over to appropriately evaluate a company's long term potential. Investors are keen to understand how companies and their supply chain partners are reporting on ESG areas to decrease unwanted media attention, mitigate unnecessary risks to a brand's reputation, and decrease potential supply chain disruptions. For CSR supply chain compliance practitioners and others, this mini-lab will provide an overview of some of the unique perspectives, tools, ratings, indexes and impacts such ESG investing has on corporations and, in turn, on our own roles in our organization.

Gregg A. Sgambati, Managing Director - Head of ESG Solutions S-Network Global Indexes, Inc.

Steven Greenhouse
The New York Times

Steven Greenhouse has been covering labor and workplace issues for The New York Times since late 1995. He joined the Times in 1983, beginning there as a business reporter. He has been a reporter in the Times' Chicago bureau and its Paris bureau, where he was European economics correspondent. After returning from Europe, he spent two years as an economics correspondent in Washington D.C. and then two years covering the State Department.

He has a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a master's from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also has a law degree from New York University. He is author of The Big Squeeze, Tough Times for the American Worker, which was published by Knopf.

Nate Herman
Vice President of International Trade, AAFA

Nate Herman joined AAFA in 2001. Mr. Herman manages AAFA's regulatory and legislative affairs activities, advocating on behalf of, and providing information to, the industry on international trade and corporate social responsibility issues. Mr. Herman also handles product safety, customs, transportation and other technical (slip resistance, safety toe, etc.) issues as well as labeling matters for AAFA's footwear members as co-leader of AAFA's Footwear Team.

Catherine Beare
Senior Director Supply Chain Assurance — Intertek

Catherine is based in London co-leading Intertek's Global Supplier Management assurance solution. With over 10 years supply chain management experience, Catherine works with clients on helping them deliver supply chain focus by identifying key supply chain risks, which empower customers to make informed decisions. The Intertek Supply Chain Assurance services support a number of clients, ranging from traditional retailers and brands to Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Automotive and Telecommunication, to name a few. Catherine previously worked for the CSR specialist not-for-profit Business in the Community helping to manage clients CSR needs particularly in relation to ethical trade.

Leslie Chiverton
Founder – Transparent Supply Chains

Leslie Chiverton is the founder of TransparentSupplyChains.com, an online resource dedicated to the Corporate Supply Chain Responsibility field. Transparent Supply Chains provides relevant news, benchmarking and training information to brands and retailers, their supply chain partners and global investors.

Prior to launching her site, Leslie spent almost a decade assisting brand and retailers uncover and address human rights issues in their value chains. She has held numerous roles within the monitoring industry, including with Intertek in Boston, UL Responsible Sourcing in Los Angeles and Social Accountability International in New York City.

Leslie holds a Masters of International Human Rights law (LL.M) from the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway and currently resides in Singapore.

Greg Gardner
President and CEO, Arche Advisors

Greg Gardner has advised brands and retailers on Corporate Social Responsibility since 1995. He has audited over 2,000 factories, farms, and processing plants for Fortune 500 companies in over 80 countries in the consumer products, food & beverage, and electronics industries.

While President of CSCC (later called STR Responsible Sourcing) he audited coal mines in Siberia, NGOs in Burkina Faso, state-owned factories in Iraq, at the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, and managed a global team of 350 professionals doing 22,000 CSR assessments in 150 countries each year. Greg has worked on supply chain and traceability projects in 14 African countries.

He earned his BA in Political Science from San Diego State University and his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and completed the Executive Education Programme in International Management at Stanford/National University of Singapore. He is currently President & CEO of Arche Advisors, a CSR services firm.

Joe Sibilia

Joe Sibilia is the CEO of CSRwire, a digital media platform for the latest corporate social responsibility and sustainability news for journalists, analysts, investors, activists, academics, public relations and investor relations professionals worldwide. A trusted brand since 1999 for the latest news, views and reports on business sustainability as well as its members' most trusted CSR advisor, the CSRwire team works on a wide range of traditional and social media services and solutions to support its members' marketing and communications strategies

Joe wrote Street Smart Sustainability with coauthor David Mager, to show small and medium-sized companies how to go green profitably. One of his proudest accomplishments is the publication of Sustained Innovation through Shared Capitalism and Democratic Governance in the prestigious Journal of the British Interplanetary Society.

A graduate of Providence College, Joe matriculated at the Universite' de Fribourg in Switzerland and studied privately under a Dominican monk. He is an avid reader, enjoys the outdoors and has three daughters with Claire Sullivan - Kristen, Kendra and Kayla – and a loyal dog named Finally.

Andrew Savini
Business Development Manager - Supplier Management, Intertek

Andrew Savini a native of Oahu, Hawaii is a Manager of Business Development in the Supplier Management and Audits team for Intertek Group plc, based in New York City. In this position, he manages the development of new market opportunities for supply chain risk management related to areas of social responsibility, along with related topics for managing supply chain risks. He has also been instrumental in the design of new solutions to ensure companies are well prepared for new regulations such as recent SEC promulgation of Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank and its impact on companies' 'Conflict Minerals' traceability and management programs.

As a supply chain compliance, audit and quality assurance professional, Andrew has international business experience in upwards of 30 countries on behalf of major corporations and their reputational risk programs. In his previous organization with STR (now UL), as a proficient Mandarin Speaker, he managed new business development for UL-STR for Asia, based out of Hong Kong. In addition to New York and Hong Kong, Andrew has lived in Shanghai, Boston, Honolulu, Miami and Beijing. He has led design efforts of non-financial due diligence and risk mitigation programs for dozens of companies in various sectors, including food and agriculture, electronics, textiles, toys, footwear, pharmaceutical and automotive.

Monique Oxender
Sr. Director, Sustainability - Keurig Green Mountain

Monique Oxender leads Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. efforts to Brew a Better World. Monique joined Keurig Green Mountain in 2012 and has navigated a path for integrated sustainability management during the recent period of growth and change. Her journey, which is informed by a multitude of internal and external stakeholders, brings her to the intersection of sustainability and business, the place where she sees the most potential to deliver societal benefit and create business value. Prior to joining Keurig Green Mountain, she spent eight years with Ford Motor Company where she designed and developed a leading supply chain sustainability program spanning the company's $65B buy from 60 countries.

Issues under her responsibility included human rights, indirect carbon and water footprints, and raw material transparency. In addition, she served as Chair of multiple industry workgroups for the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and represented Ford on United Nations Global Compact, US State Department, Department of Labor and OECD advisory groups. With a background in secondary education and sustainability, Monique has an MBA and an MS from the University of Michigan.

Mike Loch
Director, Supply Chain Corporate Responsibility- Motorola Solutions, Inc

Mike is the Director, Supply Chain Corporate Responsibility. He serves on the Governance Committee of the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade and chairs the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative that developed the Conflict Free Smelter Program; is active in the OECD Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Guidance process and serves on the OECD Steering Group; and interacts regularly with the US State Department, GAO, USAID and Congressional offices. He has been to the DRC and Rwanda numerous times and has visited 3TG mines, trading houses, NGO's and governmental representatives. Mike graduated from the Montana College of Minerals Science and Technology.

Tommy Thompson
Sr. Manager of International Environmental Affairs, Hanes Brands, Inc

Mr. Tommy Thompson is the Sr. Manager of International Environmental Affairs for Hanes Brands Inc. and has been working in the environmental field for over 37 years as a regulator, consultant, chemical project engineer, and head of corporate environmental affairs. Responsibilities for HANESbrands Inc. cover all aspects of global environmental compliance and management for the corporation including regulatory compliance, auditing, corporate policies, environmental management systems, and a robust chemical management program that was initiated in 1991. Recent chemical management activities include initiating the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) development of a RSL, being engaged in the effort to go live with a web-based chemical disclosure program (VPEP), aiding the Outdoor Industry Association in the development of its Chemical Management Framework, and assisting the Sustainable Apparel Coalition on its chemical management index and environmental metrics. In addition to chairing and participating in numerous environmental related regulatory boards and sustainability committees in the US, he has lectured at various venues globally on environmental sustainability programs, chemical management, regulatory compliance, industrial wastewater treatment, and solid/hazardous waste management.

Bill Bradbury
Director of GSC Compliance, Maintenance, AP, & Inventory Control, Cintas Corporation

Bill Bradbury serves as Director Global Supply Chain Compliance for Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS). Bill directs the program that oversees supplier compliance to FCPA regulations, Conflict Minerals, and the Cintas Code of Conduct. This supports Cintas' business divisions and reports on the adherence to the Code of Conduct up to the Cintas' senior management.

Prior to his position as Director Global Supply Chain Compliance, Bill spent 25 years in the Manufacturing, Distribution, and Sourcing divisions of Cintas in various engineering and management positions at Cintas.

Before coming to Cintas Corporation, Bill spent 13 years at Catalina Corporation in engineering and plant management capacities.

Bill graduated from Ball State University and currently serves on the WRAP Industry Advisory Board and the Social Responsibility Committee of the American Apparel and Footwear Association and is active in other sub-committees within the Association.

Monica Gorman
Head of Corporate Compliance - New Balance

Dr. Monica Gorman is the Head of Corporate Compliance at New Balance. She leads a global team based in Asia, Europe/Middle East/Africa & North America. Monica is seasoned executive with more than a decade of experience building corporate responsibility, international trade, sustainability & product safety programs for multi-billion dollar brands. Prior to New Balance, she led American Eagle Outfitters' global trade, corporate responsibility, product safety & public policy divisions. As Director of Social Responsibility at Gap Inc., Monica was the chief architect of Gap's ground-breaking 2003 CSR Report that generated 80 million positive media impressions. She also worked with Gap Marketing and Bono in the 2006 launch of (PRODUCT) RED. Early in her career, Monica worked in the West Wing of the White House and the US Senate. In 2008, PR News named her CSR Communicator of the Year. Monica was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce & US Trade Representative to serve on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Association, a past Director of the USDA Cotton Board, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A Rotary Scholar, Monica has Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees from the University of Oxford, England, and an A.B. (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College. She is a regular speaker at national & international conferences and has authored publications ranging from law journal articles to newspaper editorials.

Brian Kramer
Director, Global Sustainability – PepsiCo

Brian is the Director of Global Sustainability at PepsiCo, responsible for developing and leading PepsiCo's Global Sustainable Sourcing Program focused on Supplier Code of Conduct compliance in the areas of human rights, environment, health and safety, and business integrity for their 3rd party supply chain.

Prior to joining PepsiCo in Feb 2015, Brian spent 14 years with McDonald's Corporation where he held a variety of roles in Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Digital Communications within their U.S., Corporate, and Asia-Pacific Middle East Africa business units. He most recently developed and led the Asia-Pacific Middle East Africa zone's sustainability strategy for their supply chain and restaurant operations. This included leading sustainable sourcing commitments for products including palm oil, fiber, coffee, and beef; ensuring suppliers' adherence to the supplier Code of Conduct; and focusing on continued environmental improvement at the restaurant and supply chain levels through packaging/waste reduction, water, and energy efficiency.

Brian has an MBA from Loyola University, Chicago and a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Overview of the results of a study conducted in November and December 2013 by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety to assess workers' perspective of and experience with Health and Safety risks in Ready Made Garment factories. The assessment measures workers' knowledge and awareness of health and safety issues, their experience with accidents and fires, and their involvement in training and worker committee activities. The results provide a baseline from which to measure the effectiveness of Alliance training and assessment activities in improving worker safety.

Ian Spaulding, Senior Partner, ELEVATE

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Ian Spaulding
Senior Partner, ELEVATE

Mr. Spaulding is the Senior Partner at Elevate Global Limited - a global professional services firm that specializes in supply chain social, environmental and business performance. A recognized industry thought leader, ELEVATE believes that sustained, impactful improvement in social and environmental performance requires sincerity of intent and a responsible balance between maximizing financial return and meeting supplier responsibility requirements. This “Business Driven Sustainability" is the foundation for ELEVATE's mission to help brands and retailers design and implement customized programs that provide complete insight into risk and improve supply chain performance.

Mr. Spaulding works with a range of supply chain partners to develop and implement a progressive and more impact-oriented approach to improving working conditions in global supply chains. Mr. Spaulding is the former Director of Global Compliance for a large US-based retailer where he pioneered the largest effort to promote greater transparency and continuous improvement among thousands of factories in China. Mr. Spaulding has a Masters from Yale and Bachelors from American University.

Didier Bergeret
Head - Global Social Compliance Programme

Newly appointed Head of the GSCP, Didier is a sustainability professional experienced in NGO management, procurement and consulting services for private and public actors. Since joining the GSCP in 2011, Didier has been responsible for leading thematic working groups composed of industry leaders and stakeholders on social/environmental issues and encouraging shared approaches to compliance and capacity building in supply chains. Didier also oversees GSCP benchmarking services (the Equivalence Process) and the building of key partnerships to foster sustainable business performance. The Global Social Compliance Programme is a collaborative effort led by global buying companies joining forces together with key stakeholders (trade unions, NGOs, etc.) for more sustainable supply chains.

Mike McDonnell
Sr. Manager of Supply Chain Sustainability Assessment– Intel Corporation

Mike is the Sr. Manager of Supply Chain Sustainability Assessment at Intel Corp. where he has worked for 20 years. He is responsible for identifying risks in the Intel supply chain for supplier capability building and auditing. He is involved with the EICC (Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition) having co-led several work groups and is active in the Audit and Vulnerable Workers work groups. His focus area since late 2013 has been the effort to reduce the risks of forced and bonded labor in the Intel and ICT industry supply chains.

Prior to coming to the Intel Supply Chain Sustainability group, Mike was a Sr. Finance Manager holding numerous positions including audit and control roles in procurement, distribution and marketing.

Mike has an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
He lives in Oregon with his family where he is active in the Boy Scouts.

Judi Kovacs

Judi Kovacs has 29 years of experience in developing and managing a variety of aspects of EHS and CSR programs. Judi began her career in industry, where she was employed by Hughes Aircraft and Chemical Waste Management over a span on 6 years. She then moved her career into consulting, where she provided technical and management consulting services for clients over a span of 12 years within a variety of industry sectors including: consumer goods manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, aviation, aerospace, and cruise lines.

Judi joined NBCUniversal in June 2004 as an EHS Program Director, with the primary responsibility to provide strategic leadership over integration of the EHS programs across the footprint of the newly-acquired Universal Studios and Theme Parks. Once the successful integration was complete, she subsequently lead enterprise wide EHS programs, digitization and compliance assurance at NBCUniversal. In 2011, Judi's role changed to lead the development and implementation of NBCUniversal's Corporate Supplier Social Responsibility (CSSR) Program.

Judi received a Bachelor's of Science degree from University of California, Los Angeles in Biology, and a Master's of Science Degree in Environmental Occupational Health from California State University, Northridge. Judi is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and also has a certification in environmental auditing (CPEA) by the Board of Environmental Auditors

Phil Marsom
Director Compliance - VF Corporation

Phil Marsom is VF's Corporate Director of Social Compliance with global responsibilities overseeing 35 Compliance Team members. Brands included in the Compliance program include: The North Face, Wrangler, Lee, Vans, Nautica, amongst others. The VF Compliance program is also responsible for Licensee factories.

Phil has been working in Compliance since 2002. Previous responsibilities as Engineer, Plant Manager, and Sourcing Manager help bring a wide range of manufacturing experience to his Social Compliance responsibilities. He is also currently a Board member for Fair Factories Clearinghouse, the WRAP Advisory Board, and on the American Apparel and Footwear Association's Social Responsibility Committee.

David Schilling
Senior Program Director - Human Rights & Resources, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)

David Schilling has worked at ICCR since 1994 and is Program Director of Human Rights.

A United Methodist minister and the son of missionaries teaching in Korea, he grew up in Wisconsin. He credits a year studying at The American University in Beirut with giving him a global perspective. When he returned to the U.S., he began to work against militarism, the Vietnam War, racial inequality and economic injustice. He met and listened to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X; he worked closely with Cesar Chavez building support within the religious community for the farm workers struggle for justice while serving as a minister in northern California. He co-directed the disarmament program of Riverside Church in New York City and was program coordinator of the Fellowship of Reconciliation-USA.

David's position with ICCR has continued this work. He has pushed for corporate accountability on issues of human and labor rights in the contract supplier system. He has participated with ICCR members in delegations to China, Central America, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, visiting factories and meeting with workers.

He sees the corporate responsibility movement as key to fighting systemic injustice, and ultimately, "influencing the influencers" to do the right thing. "There is impatience with the way things are, while recognizing that patience is needed to bring about change," he said of his work.

He is a regional advisor to the Institute for Human Rights and Business, chaired by Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. David was a member of the Independent Monitoring Working Group for six years which supported independent monitors at Gap supplier factories in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala; a member of President Clinton's Anti-Sweatshop Task Force and the Global Reporting Initiative's Working Group on the Apparel, Footwear Industry.

David has a bachelor's degree from Carroll College in Wisconsin in religion and sociology; a masters of divinity from Union Theological Seminary; a graduate of the International Fellows Program, Columbia University and an advanced professional studies certificate from Pacific School of Religion.

David Uricoli
Vice President, Global Human Rights Compliance, RALPH LAUREN

David joined Ralph Lauren in 1988 and successfully worked his way throughout the company from product development and design to production and sourcing. His diverse exposure to the global apparel manufacturing industry has provided a keen insight into apparel factories and their management. He is responsible for the development and implementation of Ralph Lauren's social compliance and human rights program for all Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco suppliers. David continues to oversee the human rights compliance department while developing new strategies and directions. He has also concentrated his efforts developing compliance alternatives in the cottage industry. David is an alumni and an executive member of The Fashion Institute of Technology's International Trade and Marketing Department Advisory Board.

Genevieve Taft-Vazquez
Global Manager, Workplace Rights, The Coca Cola Company

Genevieve Taft-Vazquez is the Global Manager of the Workplace Rights department at The Coca-Cola Company. Her responsibilities include policy development and implementation, stakeholder engagement, collaboration with peer companies and special projects. Before joining Coca-Cola, Genevieve worked at the Fair Labor Association (FLA) as the Americas Regional Coordinator. Prior to FLA, she worked in Bolivia with an artisan organization and also for Gap Inc in the company's Social and Environmental Responsibility department.

Genevieve holds a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a MA from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Yale University

Gregg A. Sgambati
Managing Director - Head of ESG Solutions S-Network Global Indexes, Inc.

Gregg Sgambati is a thought leader in the ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) space. As Head of ESG Solutions at S-Network, a provider of ESG ratings and indexes, Gregg has sought to elevate the economic context of corporate sustainability through ESG, SRI, CSR, and risk mitigation. He has written on these topics as well as human rights as it relates to supply chains, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

With more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, Gregg has frequently collaborated with small and large organizations alike, helping to identify business opportunities and convert them into successful ventures.

Gregg is also an adjunct professor at Ramapo College and a non-faculty instructor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs where he co-instructs a course in Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility.

His previous jobs include head of North American business development at SunGard, a Registered Investment Advisor at UBS, and the Executive Director and President of the New Jersey Captive Insurance Association.

Anita Househam
Senior Manager, Policy & Legal / Supply Chain Sustainability - UN Global Compact

Anita Househam is Senior Manager and Policy Advisor at the United Nations Global Compact Office – which is the UN office that administers the UN Global Compact. The Global Compact is the UN's voluntary corporate citizenship initiative in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption. Anita manages the supply chain sustainability work-stream, as well as other social sustainability programmes and initiatives, including the Children's Rights and Business Principles. In her capacity, she also manages the Global Compact Office's policy and legal affairs and provides advisory support to other issue areas related to human rights, labour rights and supply chain sustainability.

Before joining the Global Compact in February 2010, Anita worked as Client Relationship Manager for Eiris, provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research for responsible investors, as well as with AccountAbility as Programme Coordinator for the MFA Forum, a multi-stakeholder initiative working to promote responsible competitiveness in key textile exporting countries.

Anita has an Honours LLB (Bachelor of Laws) in European Legal Studies from Lancaster University and graduated in 2005 with a Masters of International Business Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Oliver Niedermaier
Founder, Chairman, and CEO – TAU Investment Management

Oliver is the founder of TAU and serves as Chairman & CEO. He also chairs the firm's Investment Committee. Prior to launching TAU, Oliver served as an Operating Partner at Advent International, a global private equity firm with over $32B assets under management, where he co-invested in Equiniti and still serves as a Non-Executive. He's served as the CEO of DF King Worldwide, and as a Member of the Global Executive Management Board at Computershare. He is also a Board Director of the World Policy Institute and the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, and was appointed a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2010. Oliver received a PhD in Strategic Management and a Masters of Business Administration-equivalent degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.

Justin Dillon
CEO/Founder – Made in a Free World

Justin Dillon is an artist and entrepreneur. He is the founder/CEO of Made In A Free World, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending forced labor, human trafficking, and modern-day slavery through increased public awareness, action, and advocacy.

In 2008, Justin made his directorial debut in the film, "CALL+RESPONSE", which revealed the world's 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. The film was one of the top documentaries that year.

In 2011, Justin founded the non-profit organization Slavery Footprint. Partnering with the U.S. State Department, they launched the multiple-award-winning website that asks the question, “How Many Slaves Work For You?" which allows consumers to visualize how their consumption habits are connected to modern-day slavery. 23 million people from every country on earth have used Slavery Footprint.

On the back of the great success of Slavery Footprint, Justin went on to found Made In A Free World and serves today as its CEO. President Obama and Secretary Kerry have both endorsed their work and have asked MIAFW to assist with purifying the Federal Government's supply chains, which is the largest in the world. MIAFW have recently begun to partner with businesses to disrupt illicit slave markets through the use of big data. They have created a business SaaS (Software as a Service) tool called FRDM (Forced Labor Risk Determination and Mitigation). FRDM can analyze a companies data to identify “hot spots" for forced labor in their supply chain. SAP has signed on a partner.

Justin has appeared on and been covered by CNN, Katie Couric, Dr. Phil, MSNBC, New York Times, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Ad Week, Vogue, CBS, Fox, NPR, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Fast Company and others. He has spoken at the White House, UN, Clinton Global Initiative, Global Philanthropy Forum, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and many other venues. He has also served on advisory groups for the UN, State Department, and White House.

"Forced labor and child labor survive today because those who enable it are smart, incredibly fast and profoundly innovative. In order to eradicate its existence, as Corporate Responsibility practitioners, we need to be smarter, we need to be faster, we need to be more innovative."

In 2011, Justin Dillon of Made in a Free World (MIAFW) launched Slavery Footprint, a website that sought to answer one single question "How many slaves work for you". The response was so overwhelming that the MIAFW site couldn't keep up with the traffic. Since then, millions of people from 200 countries have visited slaveryfootprint.org to discover their connection to modern-day slavery.

On the back of Slavery Footprint's great success, Justin went on to found the FRDM™ tool. FRDM™ (Forced labor Risk Determination & Mitigation) is revolutionary software that gives profound insight into the complex web of global business-to-business (B2B) commerce and locates specific hot spots of risk in a supply chain for any industry. Information enables action. MIAFW seeks to provide organizations with a clear blueprint to mitigate their risk of unknowingly investing in suppliers who exploit forced or child labor. This strategic downward pressure on a supply chain has the power to disrupt illicit networks and empower vulnerable populations with freedom.


Debbie Coulter
Head of Programmes – Ethical Trading Initiative

Debbie joined ETI in 2011. Bringing together company, trade union and NGO members, ETI's programmes seek to drive long-term, sustainable change for workers in global supply chains. Debbie has vast experience of working with the clothing industry and considerable knowledge of workers' rights. After working for a major UK garment supplier, she became a trade union official in the garment sector before being elected Deputy General Secretary of the GMB union in 2003. She served five years on the ACAS Board, and on a variety of government commissions into workers' rights. In 2007, she was awarded an OBE for services to employment relations.

Susan Lorenz-Fisher
Director of CSR & Sustainability – Keystone Foods

Ms. Susan Lorenz is the Director of CSR & Sustainability at Keystone Foods, one of three major operating subsidiaries of Marfrig Global Foods. Susan has been working for the past seven years as a sustainability practitioner and has an academic background in sustainability. Susan's professional experience includes corporate sustainability strategy development, sustainability reporting, metrics development and social accountability program management.

Sarah Labowitz
Co-director, Center for Business and Human Rights – NYU Stern School of Business

Sarah Labowitz is the Co-Director of the Center for Business and Human Rights and a Research Scholar in Business and Society at NYU Stern. She has worked on business and human rights from within leading NGOs, the U.S. government, a company, and now in academia. She leads the Center's work to improve labor rights in the apparel supply chain. Sarah holds degrees from Grinnell College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Irit Tamir
Special Advisor, Private Sector at Oxfam America – Oxfam America

Irit Tamir is the Special Advisor for Oxfam America's Private Sector Department and is the policy lead for Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign. She works with companies to ensure that their business practices result in positive social and environmental impacts for vulnerable communities throughout the world. She is a foodie and an activist with expertise on human rights.

Previously, Ms. Tamir worked in Oxfam America's U.S. Regional Office on both campaigns and collaborations for better conditions and wages for migrant farm workers. She is the co-author of the recently published Oxfam America report, State of Fear: Human rights abuses in North Carolina's tobacco industry and Weeding Out Abuses, Recommendations for a law-abiding farm labor system.

Ms. Tamir is an attorney with a masters in international law. A devoted human rights activist, she has spoken publicly about business and human rights, and the food system. Ms. Tamir has had years of experience in government relations and is a former prosecutor who supervised civil rights prosecutions and hate crimes.

Ruici Tio
Director, Kroll, Southeast Asia – Kroll

Ruici Tio is a Director in Kroll's Southeast Asia Investigations & Disputes practice based in Singapore, and is responsible for case management and network development in Southeast Asia.

Ruici has deep knowledge and understanding of the markets in Southeast Asia, and has over seven years of professional experience working for the non-profit, government and private sectors. Before joining Kroll, he was Head of Strategic Partnerships for a global advocacy organization, focusing on public-private partnerships for an anti-human trafficking campaign operating in challenging and opaque markets across Asia and Eastern Europe. Ruici previously worked for the U.S. Government in Indonesia and has extensive experience working with governments, civil society and the private sector in twelve countries across Asia.

Sister Ruth Rosenbaum
TC, PhD, Executive Director – CREA: Center for Reflection, Education and Action

Ruth Rosenbaum, a social economist and educator, is the co- founder and Executive Director of CREA: Center for Reflection, Education and Action, Inc., located in Hartford, Connecticut but working in numerous countries around the world thru the CREA Collaborative. CREA is a social-economic research and education organization unique in that its analysis of social and economic systems starts from the perspective of their effect on the lives of persons and communities who are economically poor. Dr. Rosenbaum is the creator of the Purchasing Power Index (PPI), a trans-cultural, trans-national and trans-cultural measurement of the purchasing power of wages and income used to determine what constitutes a sustainable living wage. Under her direction, CREA has completed purchasing power studies in Haiti, Mexico, the U.S., El Salvador, Kenya, Bangladesh and Guatemala. Dr. Rosenbaum has extensive background in human rights, labor rights, women's issues, and environmental issues both in the US and internationally. Most recently, she was the NGO representation on the ICGLR Audit Committee, working to establish a system to address the negative reality of the conflict minerals mining on the ground.

Catherine Beare
Senior Director Supply Chain Assurance — Intertek

Catherine is based in London co-leading Intertek's Global Supplier Management assurance solution. With over 10 years supply chain management experience, Catherine works with clients on helping them deliver supply chain focus by identifying key supply chain risks, which empower customers to make informed decisions. The Intertek Supply Chain Assurance services support a number of clients, ranging from traditional retailers and brands to Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Automotive and Telecommunication, to name a few. Catherine previously worked for the CSR specialist not-for-profit Business in the Community helping to manage clients CSR needs particularly in relation to ethical trade.

Bob Mitchell
Global Manager, Supply Chain Responsibility – HP

Since 2011, Bob has led HP's ethical sourcing efforts as the Global Manager of Supply Chain Responsibility, spearheading such important initiatives as HP's advanced work on responsible student and dispatch worker management in China. As part of his position, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Social Accountability International (SAI).

Bob joined HP in 2000 after working for Accenture Consulting and completing his MBA at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the HP Social & Environmental Responsibility (SER) community, he held positions in HP's Global Operations department managing supply chain and business process reengineering programs.

In 2005, Bob joined HP's product stewardship team, managing the HP desktop, notebook and display product environmental strategy development and implementation. During this time, he led and contributed to a number of key environmental programs, including regulatory program implementation (e.g. REACH), proactive reduction of substances of concern (e.g. BFR/PVC), voluntary eco-label implementation (e.g. EPEAT, ENERGY STAR) and Environmental Management System certifications (ISO 14001).

In addition to his MBA, Bob has a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from UMUC.

Bob lives in the Washington, DC Metro Area with his wife and three children.

For over twenty years, multinationals have asked service organizations, like Intertek, to send local staff to assess supplier compliance to various principles related to social responsibility. Social auditing as an industry is valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars, with thousands of auditors working all around the world every day to improve working conditions at sites like farms and factories. Professor Toffel will share key results based on years of rigorous investigation of social audit data, and discuss how research can help supply chain audits better assess and improve working conditions.

Michael Lu
Managing Director, Team Concepts Printing Factory

Michael is one of the owners and managing director of Team Concepts Printing Factory, located in Dongguan, Guangdong, China. Established in 1997 and started supplying international brands in 2008, Team Concepts is a medium-sized factory, having main product categories including gift boxes, paper bags, stationery items, puzzles and children products. Team Concepts supplies its products to major retailers and brands in the main markets of North America, Europe, Australia, Middle East and East South Asia.

Andrew Savini
Intertek Group plc

Andrew Leatuali'i Savini is a Manager at Intertek based in New York City, focusing on supplier management strategies, sustainability and responsible/ethical sourcing. He has lived around the world as CSR practitioner, including many years in East Asia, and has visited/assessed factories and farms in over a dozen countries. He holds degrees and has studied at Tufts University, Hong Kong University and Beijing University, and is a native of Oahu, Hawaii.

Declan Croucher
Director – Verité

Declan Croucher is a Director at Verité, a Massachusetts-based international not-for-profit consulting, training, and research organization that has been a leader in supply chain social responsibility since 1995. Declan's background is in global human resources and business management with multinational manufacturers in the consumer electronics, building products and renewable energy sectors. He has extensive factory and division-level international human resources management experience as well as a track record of creating business partnerships and alliances across multiple sectors and geographies.

With Verité, Declan's work is focused on helping companies and their advisors detect and prevent forced labor and human trafficking in global supply chains through risk assessments, code of conduct and compliance plan development, communications and training, reporting and internal control mechanisms, investigations, monitoring and evaluation of program effectiveness.

He holds undergraduate degrees in business and law and a master's degree in human resources management.

John Gabriel
Corporate Manager Supply Chain Social Responsibility, IBM

John M. Gabriel is a Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC). EICC is the 100 member global organization focused on a common supply chain code of conduct and implementation tools for the electronics sector. The EICC is recognized for its engagement of multiple-tiers of the electronic supply chain in assessing and developing recommended improvements in social and environmental matters. EICC has developed and deployed its Validated Audit Process (for manufacturing and services companies), Auditor Certification program, Learning and Capability Building supply chain training, Conflict-Free Smelter validation process and Due Diligence survey.

John is also corporate manager of IBM's Supply Chain Social Responsibility program. Appointed to this position in January 2004, he oversees a global team responsible for IBM's Supply Chain Social Responsibility initiative. Under Mr. Gabriel's leadership, the program has been deployed to 18,000 suppliers with audit focus in 35 growth market countries. He also plays a lead role in dialog with clients, nongovernmental organizations, and industry leaders regarding IBM's efforts in this area. IBM is a sector leader with its extensive audit program (using EICC Validated Audits) and supplier improvement plan process which is serving to raise the level of sustainable compliance in the extended supply chain. His responsibilities also cover Conflict Minerals and he leads IBM's corporate and supply chain work on this critical issue.

For six years, John managed IBM's Mechanical Commodity Council, responsible for the global sourcing of all sheet metal, mechanical assemblies, plastics, and decorative coatings. He was involved in the development of the industry's first desktop personal computer using 100% recycled engineering-grade plastics for all its main structural elements. In addition, he helped to implement the application of environmentally friendly decorative powder paint coatings across IBM's hardware lines.

Mr. Gabriel holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Union College (Schenectady, NY) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA).

John is also actively involved in documenting the evolution of railroads in the Northeastern United States and is active in the restoration of numerous historical railroad locomotives.

Lynn M. Sicade
Senior Advisor for Multilateral and Global Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor - United States Department of State

Lynn Sicade, the Senior Adviser for Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Department of State's Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor, has served as a delegation member to multiple UN human rights venues. She has authored several UN resolutions, including the resolution that created the special rapporteur on freedom of assembly and association. Her office handles issues ranging from business and human rights to vulnerable groups to human rights vetting for non-immigrant visas to Internet Freedom to UN human rights issues. She serves on the board of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

Douglas Guiley
Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing & Contract – West Elm

Doug Guiley is the SVP of Global Sourcing & Contract for Brooklyn-based home retailer West Elm and of Williams-Sonoma Inc. CSR & Sustainability. Doug brings more than 20 years experience in sourcing and product development to West Elm. Prior to joining West Elm in 2010, Doug worked with leading retailers including Victoria's Secret, Banana Republic, and Macy's. He is proud to lead CSR strategy for Williams Sonoma, Inc., which includes West Elm Consciousness Initiatives and the company's commitment to handcraft, supply chain transparency, and sustainability.

Tom van Haaren
Senior Advisor Responsible Sourcing - ICTI CARE Foundation

Tom van Haaren is the Senior Advisor - Responsible Sourcing at ICTI CARE and has been with the organization since March 2016. Tom is responsible for supporting our toy brands, retailers, and manufacturers in the strategic implementation of the ICTI CARE Process. Prior to joining ICTI CARE, Tom investigated labor rights issues for the US Government, analyzed companies for Calvert Investments, and managed all North American accounts at Sedex.

He received a BA in History from Cornell University and a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations the ILR school at Cornell.

Deborah Albers
Vice President, Operations Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition - EICC

At EICC, Deborah Albers is responsible for creating a world class, global, audit/assessment program. She is active in managing the strategy of the audit program, the quality of the protocol and the independence of the oversight, globally. Before joining the EICC, Deborah Albers was the Principal Social Strategist in corporate responsibility at Dell Inc., leading the work on social responsibility and stakeholder engagement.

Clay E. Hickson
Steering Committee Member, Social & Labor Convergence Project; Vice President , Strategy & Business Development - Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

As Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Mr. Hickson manages international operations and helps develop and refine WRAP's strategy. He specifically focuses on managing relationships with global brands and retailers and with governmental and other stakeholder organizations. Mr. Hickson has extensive experience in international marketing, corporate communications, strategic planning and cross-cultural communications. He has developed and taught training programs that have prepared executives and entrepreneurs for doing business in international environments, and he is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Jane Hwang
President & CEO - Social Accountability International (SAI)

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

Chetan Gupta
Director - Gupta Overseas

Chetan Gupta is one of the Founder Director of Gupta H.C. Overseas (I) Pvt. Ltd., Agra, India, which is one of the pioneer in footwear manufacturing & Export, specialized in ladies' footwear.

Born & brought up in Agra – The city of Taj Mahal, he did his initial education from St. Peters College. Thereafter, he did his higher education from Christ College – Bangalore. Thereafter, he entered his family business in the year 2002 & is the second generation entrepreneur in his family of footwear manufacturing & Exports.

Though footwear being a traditional handmade product, he tried to integrate the same with modernization & since then the turnover has increased leaps & bounds, in terms of quantity, amount, as well as workmanship. Motivated by the Japanese Proverb – “If one can do, you can do. If no one can do, you must do", he recognized that to know the intricacies involved in footwear manufacturing & give proper direction to the work force, he decided to do a technical course on footwear manufacturing from ARS Sutorio, Italy, which is one of the top institutions in world for this industry. This process gave him a cut above, & now the research & development department was transformed to give world class products.

The company – Gupta H.C. Overseas (I) Pvt. Ltd. under his dynamic leadership has grown many folds & currently churning around 8000 pairs a day, which are totally being exported globally to all the Six Continents. He has travelled to various parts of the world, & attends several international footwear fairs, exhibition & seminars.

Bekir Aslaner
Secretary General - Istanbul Textile Exporters Association (ITKIB)

Bekir Aslaner is an experienced trade policy expert focused on preparing, conferring and implementing trade policy measures of Turkey's textile, apparel, leather and carpet industries. Bekir Aslaner has been the Secretary General of Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Association (ITKIB) as of June 2015.

Prior to ITKIB, Bekir Aslaner held a variety of leadership roles under the Ministry of Economy from 2005 to 2011 where he played an integral role in exercising trade policy measures. During his career he was appointed as Commercial Counsellor under Turkish Embassy in Beijing between 1999 – 2003 and as the Commercial Attaché of Turkey in Barcelona between 2001 -2005.

Bekir Aslaner who started to work at Ministry of Economy in 1992, completed his mission as a government official with the aim of presenting his experience towards activities of our sectors and started to work as the Secretary General of ITKIB.
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