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Thursday March 29th, 2012
Friday March 30, 2012

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CSR Wire
Good World Solutions
Network for Business Sustainability
The Sustainability AdvantageResponsible Jewellery Council

Sneak Peek from the last ESF!
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.



Driving Change, Supplying Value
DAY 1 Thursday March 29, 2012
8:00Breakfast & Registration
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome note
8:45 - 9:20 Keynote: A Compelling Business Case Drives Change    See details
9:20 - 10:45 Plenary 1: How do you drive sustainability progress among your diverse and often complex supply chain? 
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10:45 - 11:00Coffee Break & Networking
11:00 - 12:30 Mini-Labs: New Principles and New Ways of Creating Value
Mini-Lab 1

Driving water stewardship through collaboration - the potential to create business value and drive positive change through collaborative efforts will be highlighted along with specific case studies of how and where this is happening today

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Mini-Lab 2

How to Transform Your Company to a Sustainable Enterprise ... even if you are not the CEO

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Mini-Lab 3

Bangladesh and Beyond: Fire Safety in the Supply Chain Workplaces

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12:30-1:30Lunch & Networking
1:30 - 3:00 Mini-Labs: (Continued)
Mini-Lab 4

Engaging female workers and consumers: HERproject lessons and applications Mini-Lab

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Mini-Lab 5

Steps to Sustainable Success: Sustainability Plans - an emerging phenomena

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Mini-Lab 6

Sustainable Workplace Condition:
How can technology catalyze worker engagement, increase supply chain transparency, and track working conditions and social impact in real time to improve workers' lives?

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3:00 - 3:15Coffee Break & Networking
3:15 - 4:45 Plenary Discussion: Collaboration as an approach to Supply Chain Responsibility
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4:45 - 5:15 Plenary Presentation: Knowing your Real Suppliers - The Key to Successful Supply Chain Management
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5:15 - 5:30 Let's Discuss Voluntary Disclosure!    See details
5:30 - 6:30Cocktail Reception and Networking

DAY 2 Friday March 30, 2012
8:30 - 9:00Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 9:45 Opening Remark
Beyond auditing: working towards sustainable improvements in factories and farms all over the world
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9:45 - 10:30 Plenary Discussion: Steering an Avalanche: Harnessing the Momentum behind Sustainability Initiatives
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10:30 - 10:45Coffee Break & Networking
10:45 - 12:45Workshops
Workshop 1

Slavery and Human Trafficking; Early Lessons from Implementation of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.

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Workshop 2

Building Global Sustainable Supply Chains

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Workshop 3

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Made Easy: How to mainstream LCA and Eco Design in order to measure, improve and communicate your product's environmental footprint

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1:00 - 2:30Lunch & Networking
2:30-3:00Closing Remarks
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ESF Past Participants

Abercrombie & Fitch | American Apparel & Footwear Association | American Eagle Outfitters | ANN INC. | Bic Inc | BSCI | Canadian Tire Corporation | Charming Shoppes Inc. | Chrysler Group LLC | Coca Cola | Columbia University | Corporate Citizenship | Costco Wholesale | CREA | Credit360 | CRx Solutions | CSRwire | CVS Caremark | Dallas Cowboys | Deloitte Consulting LLP | DIAGEO | Dollar General | EcoVadis | Eileen Fisher | Fairfood International | Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) | Fortune Footwear, Inc. | Global Sourcing Council | Good World Solutions | Guess Inc | Hasbro | HERproject | IBM | INFACT Global Partners | Intel | Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility | International Labor Office | International Trade Centre (ITC) | International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. | Jarden Consumer Solutions | J. Crew | Leadership Hand LLC | Li & Fung USA | Macy's | MeadWestvaco | Metalor Technologies USA | National Cooperative Business Association | Network for Business Sustainability | Nordstrom | Ralph Lauren | Redcats USA | Research In Motion (RIM) | ReNual | Responsible Jewellery Council | Rockefeller Financial | Sanofi | Sedex | Social Accountability International | Talbots | The ALDO Group Inc. | The Cahn Group | The Children's Place | The Consumer Goods Forum | The CSR Group LLC | The Humane Society of the United States | The Nature Conservancy/AWS | The Walt Disney Company | Thunderbird School of Global Management | Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series | Tween Brands | UL (Underwriters Laboratories) | University of Delaware | USCIB | Walgreens | Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)


Driving water stewardship through collaboration - the potential to create business value and drive positive change through collaborative efforts will be highlighted along with specific case studies of how and where this is happening today

Presented by:Roberta Barbieri, Global Environmental Project Manager, DIAGEO & William Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Steps to Sustainable Success: Sustainability Plans - an emerging phenomena

In the last decade or so, we've seen a move from ad hoc philanthropic giving and technical but narrowly-focused environmental management, to more sophisticated corporate responsibility programs that are becoming increasingly aligned with business priorities.

An emerging trend among leading companies is the development of Sustainability Plans. While full Sustainability Plans are still relatively rare, a true Sustainability Plan looks beyond the core operations to cover the full economic, environmental, and social impacts of the business. Companies are also widening the scope of their sustainability beyond their direct businesses and increasingly integrating suppliers and customers in order to meet the public goals they have set and to achieve long term sustainable success.

The session will explore:
  • What is a Sustainability Plan and how is it different from current corporate responsibility strategies?
  • How is the supply chain crucial to understanding and delivering sustainability plans?
  • What qualities are shared by the Sustainability Plans seen to date and how do they differ?
  • What is the value of a Sustainability Plan for the business, and how can it deliver for suppliers too?
  • What are the steps to creating a Sustainability Plan, and what factors need to be considered when working with the supply chain?

Presented by: Megan DeYoung - Director, United States, Corporate Citizenship

How to Transform Your Company to a Sustainable Enterprise ... even if you are not the CEO

Based on his 2009 book, The Sustainability Champion's Guidebook, Bob Willard provides practical guidance on how to imbed sustainability into a corporate culture. By connecting the dots between proven leadership practices and sustainability strategies, he shows how sustainability champions at any level in a company can lead a transformation to a smarter and more sustainable enterprise that will thrive in the new economy. He outlines seven steps to take, seven leadership tips and techniques to use, and seven derailers to avoid.

Presented by: Bob Willard, Author and Speaker, Sustainability Advantage

Bangladesh and Beyond: Fire Safety in the Supply Chain Workplaces

Fire safety is an on-going problem in the workplace, not only in Bangladesh but in other countries. The recent fire in an upscale hospital in Kolkata where staff abandoned patients to save themselves clearly shows that fire safety is not only how to prevent fires but also how to act when/if a fire breaks out. An outline for aspects of fire safety will be presented along with ways to integrate this work into the various components of supply chain management.

CREA has developed this program as a follow up to the USDOL work CREA has been doing for the past two years focusing on preventing forced and/or child labor in supply chains.

Case study work will include preventative learnings from Bangladesh fires as well as other components of supply chain production. Photos of examples of problems, how to see and understand what has to be done and how, etc. will be included.

Presented by: Dr. Ruth Rosenbaum, CREA: Center for Reflection, Education and Action

Sustainable Workplace Condition:
How can technology catalyze worker engagement, increase supply chain transparency, and track working conditions and social impact in real time to improve workers' lives?

Heather Franzese, Director of Good World Solutions, will present findings from the organization's pilots of mobile phone surveys with workers in Peru and India, as well as wage data from the online Fair Wage Guide, used by more than 900 companies in 81 countries.

Engaging female workers and consumers: HERproject lessons and applications Mini-Lab

BSR's HERproject has demonstrated the power of providing women's reproductive health education in the workplace to transform individual lives, workplaces, and communities. The HERproject model of leveraging international buyers, local factories, and locally based nonprofit health service providers has been highly successful in increasing the health knowledge of female factory workers and delivering business efficiencies and cost savings to participating factories.

Join Marcus Chung from Talbots, a company participant in HERproject and supporter of other women's empowerment efforts in its supply chain, and Racheal Yeager from BSR, global manager of HERproject, to learn about the program, successes and challenges, and how it can serve as a model for factory-based women's empowerment programs beyond health. This session will also explore the business case for women's empowerment and HERproject return-on-investment studies, which have found a $4:$1 return from educating female factory workers' about their health. Pending audience interest, the session can also explore broader themes of women's needs in the developing world, and how retail companies and the factory workplace can meet those needs.

Marcus Chung, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Talbots

As head of corporate social responsibility (CSR) at The Talbots, Inc. Marcus leads the company’s efforts to protect labor rights, human rights and environmental stewardship its global supply chain. Marcus also leads community investment for Talbots, developing international programs to empower garment workers through educational opportunities and serving as a manager of the Talbots Charitable Foundation.

A seasoned business leader with strong international experience, Marcus has also held roles at Gap Inc., McKesson Corporation and The Corporate Executive Board. He built deep CSR expertise by developing and executing strategies for CSR integration, supply chain social compliance, environmental sustainability, CSR reporting, corporate philanthropy signature programs, stakeholder engagement, cause marketing and employee engagement.

Marcus earned a BA degree with honors from Wesleyan University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Net Impact, a non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in their workplaces and the world.


Bob Willard
Author and Speaker, Sustainability Advantage

Bob is a leading expert on the business value of corporate sustainability strategies. In the last five years, he has given hundreds of keynote presentations to corporations, governments, academics and NGOs. Bob applies business and leadership development experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities associated with sustainability issues.

He is the author of The Sustainability Advantage: Seven Business Case Benefits of a Triple Bottom Line which quantifies potential bottom-line benefits from using sustainability strategies, and The Next Sustainability Wave: Building Boardroom Buy-in which shows how to convince senior executives to commit to sustainability strategies. His most recent venture is a DVD presentation of The Business Case for Sustainability. It is used in webinars and videoconferences and helps reduce his carbon footprint from global speaking trips.

Bob is on the faculties of the Sustainable Enterprise Academy and the Education and Sustainability Academy; the advisory boards of The Natural Step Canada, Durham Sustain Ability, Learning for a Sustainable Future, and eQuilibrium; and is a member of the Education Alliance for a Sustainable Ontario, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

He has a BSc from McGill University (1964), an MEd from the University of Toronto (2000), and a PhD from the University of Toronto (2005). A resident of Ontario, he is the proud owner of his fourth hybrid car, a 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid. More information about Bob and his resources for sustainability champions can be found at www.sustainabilityadvantage.com.

Heather Franzese

Heather Franzese, Director, has been working to improve the lives of vulnerable farmers and workers in global supply chains for over 12 years. In 2010, she launched Fair Trade USA’s Fair Trade Certified Apparel & Linens program in the US, a new way for consumers to vote with their dollars for an alternative to sweatshops. Prior to that, she managed CSR for Columbia Sportswear’s licensed and collegiate categories.

Previous speaking engagements include Natural Products Expo West, TEDx Fruitvale, and Net Impact National Conference. Heather sits on the Technical Working Group of the Council for Responsible Sport, and holds an MPP in Political and Economic Development from Harvard Kennedy School.

Good World Solutions, formerly World of Good Development Organization, is an award-winning nonprofit that has develops innovative technology solutions to improve workplace conditions in a lasting and sustainable way. The organization’s affordable and scalable technology is used to promote fair wages, monitor working conditions in real time, track social impact, and engage workers directly. By increasing transparency in global supply chains, Good World Solutions drives systemic change in company buying practices and catalyzes economic empowerment for the people that make popular consumer products.


Racheal Yeager, Manager, HERproject
Consulting & Member Services | San Francisco

Racheal leads HERproject, a BSR initiative that addresses women's health needs in global supply chains by working with multinational companies, factories, and local NGOs. As HERproject manager, Racheal oversees the implementation of pilots in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Pakistan, and Vietnam. She also manages program alignment, communications, development outreach, and private-sector recruitment.

Racheal also manages related research with the International Finance Corporation on programs and policies that support women’s equality and empowerment in special economic zones around the world, and she managed two demonstration projects for BSR's DR-CAFTA Responsible Competitiveness project in Costa Rica.

Prior to joining BSR in 2007, Racheal held positions with USAID, the Social Market Foundation in London, the Balkan Trust for Democracy in Belgrade and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California, San Diego.

Racheal holds an M.Sc. in International Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics where she focused on conflict studies, globalization, and international development. She received her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, with studies at Oxford University and in Siena, Italy.


Women and sustainability supply chain; workplace programs; women's health and business; international labor migration; public-private partnerships; responsible supply chain management


Mallory McConnell

Ms. Mallory McConnell is a Technical Specialist in Environmental Impact Solutions at Intertek Consumer Goods. Environmental Impact Solutions is a global group focused on sustainability initiatives and solutions for products, packaging, and supply chains for consumer goods. Intertek’s Environmental Impact Solutions team continues to work on innovative solutions to help clients meet their environmental goals. Mallory received a Master of Science degree in Textile Technology Management focusing on Sustainability and New Product Development and also holds a Bachelors of Science in Textile and Apparel Management.


Matthew Prescott
Speaker Bio:

Matthew Prescott is director of corporate policy and supply chain strategy for The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest and most mainstream voice for animals, with more than 12 million supporters (roughly one in every 25 Americans). For more than a decade, Prescott has worked with retailers across the food, clothing, consumer goods and other industries—helping them address animal welfare in their supply chains. In his current role, Prescott provides support specifically for food companies seeking to address this issue by helping them achieve win-win outcomes by fitting animal welfare policies and initiatives into their existing business models.

This interactive workshop will review early learnings from the disclosure of steps companies are taking to mitigate the risks of human trafficking and slavery in supply chains.

Participants will examine the core issues associated with the risk of human trafficking and slavery in supply chains, review best practices in addressing these risks, and review available aggregated data on how companies are describing their efforts, in response to the California Act. Attendees will participate in a case study that assesses the relevance of different approaches to human trafficking and slavery in their company's supply chain.

Workshop led by Doug Cahn and Marsha Dickson, Ph.D., supported by University of Delaware research assistants Tiffany Rogers and Hayley Warren,
David Uricoli, Senior Director, Global Human Rights Compliance, Ralph Lauren

Join supply chain experts for an interactive session featuring the latest international research, best practices, tools & platforms, as well as lessons learned from industry leaders about what to consider when building a global sustainable supply chain. This session is intended to be an introductory workshop on establishing a sustainable supply chain and will also feature a special focus on sourcing in China. This will be an interactive session of learning and sharing with the following learning objectives:

1. Understand and apply evidence based sustainability frameworks for identifying motivators, assessing levers, and improving practices in global supply chains.
2. Identify the latest supply chain issues and opportunities developing in China today-and recommended responses.
3. Develop an outline for action based approaches to current challenges, leveraging international expertise from best practice leaders.

Session Leaders:
Barb Steele, Director Strategic Partnerships, Business Network for Sustainability
Kathrin Bohr, Director Advisory Services, Intertek

Businesses are under increasing pressure from customers, investors, employees, and regulators to embrace social and environmental responsibility. But Wall Street demands quarterly results, a stringent ROI. and a short payback period. How can these seemingly incompatible goals be accomplished at the same time? Until recently, there has been little evidence expressed in business language to show executives actual benefits from sustainability strategies. Bob applies business and leadership development experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to show business leaders how sustainability strategies can drive new bottom-line opportunities, avoid impending risks, and be a catalyst for business innovation, even in an economic recession.

Presented by: Bob Willard, Author and Speaker, Sustainability Advantage

Bob Willard
Author and Speaker, Sustainability Advantage

Bob is a leading expert on the business value of corporate sustainability strategies. In the last five years, he has given hundreds of keynote presentations to corporations, governments, academics and NGOs. Bob applies business and leadership development experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities associated with sustainability issues.

He is the author of The Sustainability Advantage: Seven Business Case Benefits of a Triple Bottom Line which quantifies potential bottom-line benefits from using sustainability strategies, and The Next Sustainability Wave: Building Boardroom Buy-in which shows how to convince senior executives to commit to sustainability strategies. His most recent venture is a DVD presentation of The Business Case for Sustainability. It is used in webinars and videoconferences and helps reduce his carbon footprint from global speaking trips.

Bob is on the faculties of the Sustainable Enterprise Academy and the Education and Sustainability Academy; the advisory boards of The Natural Step Canada, Durham Sustain Ability, Learning for a Sustainable Future, and eQuilibrium; and is a member of the Education Alliance for a Sustainable Ontario, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

He has a BSc from McGill University (1964), an MEd from the University of Toronto (2000), and a PhD from the University of Toronto (2005). A resident of Ontario, he is the proud owner of his fourth hybrid car, a 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid. More information about Bob and his resources for sustainability champions can be found at www.sustainabilityadvantage.com.

Director Strategic Partnerships | Network for Business Sustainability

Barb works with the NBS team to support their mission of enabling business sustainability by fostering collaboration between research and industry. In her current role she is working to improve the access and applicability of NBS research and tools for business leaders. Her hope is for management decision making to become more sustainable and believes that NBS plays a critical role in creating this shift. Barb’s work experience includes senior leadership roles in marketing, consulting and account services with both for profit and non-profit organizations.

Barb holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey school of Business, and a Masters of Science in Organizational Development and Change from Pepperdine University.

Catherine Sproule
Chief Operations Officer

Catherine Sproule joined the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) in November, 2006.  Catherine is the primary representative of the RJC Management Team in North America, with the key tasks of establishing and maintaining the organisation’s relationships with members and stakeholders in Canada and the United States. In addition, she is responsible for the management of RJC’s global finances and administration.

Catherine has a wide range of jewellery industry experience. She was executive director of Canada’s jewellery trade association for seven years where she played a lead role in representing the association’s efforts in the mining and government sectors in Canada. She built a strong profile for the Canadian jewellery market in the international arena. Additionally, Catherine was the Canadian PR Director for the De Beers’ Diamond Information Centre. She has also held the role of Senior Director, Communications, with Canada’s national television broadcaster, CBC.

John M. Gabriel
Chairman of the Board of Directors – Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)
Corporate Manager, Supply Chain Social Responsibility - IBM Corporation

John M. Gabriel is serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), which is a 65 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. In the past two years the EICC has deployed its Validated Audit Process, Auditor Certification program, and Smelter Validation Process (as part of its conflict minerals work in conjunction with GeSI).

John is also corporate manager of IBM’s Supply Chain Social Responsibility program. Appointed to this position in January 2004, he oversees a cross-functional team responsible for administering the company’s Supplier Chain Social Responsibility initiative. Under Mr. Gabriel’s leadership, the program has been deployed to its suppliers with focus on emerging markets. In addition, he has played a lead role in dialog with clients, nongovernmental organizations, and industry leaders regarding IBM’s efforts in this area. IBM is a leader in the sector with its extensive audit program (using EICC Validated Audits) and Supplier Improvement Plan discipline which is serving to raise the level of sustainable compliance in the extended supply chain.

Mr. Gabriel also manages Global Procurement Environmental Supply Chain activities which encompass applying IBM’s portfolio of environmental initiatives across its hardware and services supply chain.

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 Plyler
Supply Chain Social Responsibility Program Manager
Research In Motion

John Plyler has an extensive background in Corporate Responsibility (CR) programs with a specific focus over the last 10 years on developing and implementing programs to manage supply chain CR risk and drive continuous improvement in supply chain CR performance.  Prior to joining Research In Motion (RIM) in 2011, John had been with Motorola for 16 years where he had a wide range of responsibilities including managing Environmental, Health and Safety teams, developing international standards and leading product compliance activities.  A specific focus for John for over three years has been collaborating with and leading EICC and GeSI industry efforts to source responsibly with respect to the issue of "conflict minerals."

Joseph Wozniak

Joseph Wozniak has over 15 years experience in international trade and development.  Joe is currently the Manager of the Trade for Sustainable Development programme (T4SD) at the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, Switzerland where he is responsible for the development of the Standards Map web tool. 

Prior to arriving at the ITC, Joe spent almost seven years as a Senior Economist with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the Agency's portfolio and the development of analytical tools for the impact assessment of OPIC’s emerging markets investment projects in sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, and consumer products, among others. 

Joe has also worked on trade-related projects for Nomisma, Spa in Bologna, Italy and at KPMG LLP in the U.S. Mr. Wozniak received his Masters Degree in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an Executive Certificate in International Business Management from Georgetown University. He has significant field experience in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. 

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. 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.

At the present time, under Dr. Rosenbaum’s leadership, CREA is involved in four focus projects:
  1. The US Department of Labor Project to create Criteria and Indicators to Eliminate Forced and/or Child Labor in Supply Chains - Project is focusing on the apparel, footwear, toys, electronics, sugar, cocoa, cotton, tobacco, coffee, conflict minerals, conflict metals and mining.
  2. Purchasing Power Baseline Project in 35+ countries around the world to create a baseline for measuring progress on the UN Millennium Development Goals as well as measuring the effect of many of the development preprograms on increasing purchasing power and standard of living.
  3. The Establishment of the MATRIX Program for Certification of Social Auditors in Supply Chains – a collaborative project with members of the CREA Collaborative, an organization of NGOs, social auditing groups and other engaged in social compliance in supply chains, MATRIX is an international certification program for social compliance in supply chain. Programs are offered on-line and face to face in the US, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
  4. Development of the CREA Institute which will offer programs in sustainability, globalization, supply chains and corporate social responsibility in partnership with the Connecticut Distance Learning Center and Charter Oak College in the Connecticut State University System as well as various universities in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Program will be offered in a variety of formats including on line and face to face to enable participation and collaboration with participants around the world.

What combination of education, training and technical solutions does it take to compel change through your organization as well as your suppliers'? In "Exploring New Models for Driving Sustainability Progress in the Supply Chain" you will hear from a diverse panel of sustainability practitioners, featuring Coca Cola, Intel, ITC, Intertek and Bic, on how they are using new models to create value for their organization as well as their supply chain. We will then turn the discussion into a roundtable to discuss how these models can be replicated for your industry and specific needs, the role of critical innovation in change management as well as the compelling argument of creating shared value across your organizations and supply chains.

Jocelyn Cascio, Supply Chain Environmental, Social & Governance Program Manager,  Intel
Mathieu Lamolle, Market Analyst, International Trade Centre (ITC),
Chintan Shah, Head of Supply Chain Operations, Bic Inc
Genevieve Taft-Vazquez, Global Manager, Workplace Accountability, Coca Cola.
Jenna Pires, Manager, Strategic Innovation | Intertek Consumer Goods

Moderated by: Aman Singh, Editorial Director, CSRwire

Collaboration as an approach to Supply Chain Responsibility

Collaboration is emerging as a meaningful and effective means to create real change in the responsible supply chain movement. We will explore the use of collaboration in a variety of ways - as a means to move an industry forward, as an effective tool within the SCR management of a company, and as a tool for effecting change across industries. Through the issue of conflict minerals, we will address various perspectives of collaboration made on behalf of the jewelry and technology sectors in establishing a platform for supply chain responsibility. We will then look at how Chrysler is taking an innovation, collaborative approach to SCR within their supply chain via their Supplier Sustainability Panel . Each panelist will elaborate on how they have developed solutions for industry-specific supply chain risks. Attendees with gain a breadth of knowledge on how to drive sustainability in their supply chains and what the opportunities are for industry specific, and cross-sector collaboration. Examination will be threefold; up and down the supply chain, between industries and within industries.

The panel's moderator will set the landscape for the diverse approaches among panelists and their respective approaches to SCR. Attendees will be participating in a provoking discussion on collaboration as a means to accomplishing meaningful change in supply chain responsibility, and its use as a framework - including how it could apply in your organization.

John Bullock, Legal Counsel and Compliance Monitor, Metalor Technologies USA
John Gabriel, Manager of Supply Chain Social Responsibility & Chair of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition, Inc, IBM
John Plyler, Supply Chain Social Responsibility Program Manager, Research In Motion (RIM)
Catherine Sproule, Chief Operations Officer, Responsible Jewellery Council
Joseph Wozniak, Manager of the Trade for Sustainable Development programme (T4SD) at the International Trade Centre (ITC)
Todd Yaney, Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability, Chrysler Group LLC

Moderated by: Paula Ivey, president of The CSR Group, LLC

Sustainability – both from an environmental and a social responsibility perspective – has become a household term in the business community over the past decade. Companies and organizations have been quick to latch on to the benefits of sustainability and create tools to better capture the data necessary to harness the potential benefits of sustainability projects. However over the past decade, this culture of innovation has spawned innumerable sustainability tools and projects which have created a complicated and confusing maze of different requirements for the supply chain. The next step forward has materialized in collaborative industry wide and multi-industry projects which allow supply chains to streamline their manufacturing processes and truly reap the benefits of a sustainable future.

Claudine Musitelli, Vice President, Ethical Sourcing and Food Safety Initiatives, The Consumer Goods Forum &
Greg Yahr, Government Relations Representative, American Apparel & Footwear Association,
Nathaniel Hochman, Director of Sustainability, Li & Fung USA

Jocelyn Cascio

Jocelyn is currently the Supply Chain Environmental Social & Governance Program Manager. She has spent 15 years in the Intel Supply Chain organization, leading business process reengineering and improvement efforts on a variety of global, enterprise-wide initiatives like Contingent Workforce, eProcurement and Environmental Compliance. She is a Lean Six Sigma Certified Black Belt with a BA in Organizational Communication from Arizona State University and an MBA from Babson College. She also holds a William Bridges Leading Organizational Transition certification.

Her personal passions include competing in equestrian sports as well as Ironman triathlons.

Genevieve Taft-Vazquez
Global Manager, Workplace Accountability, Coca Cola.

  Genevieve Taft-Vazquez is a Global Manager in the Workplace Accountability department at The Coca-Cola Company.  Workplace Accountability oversees the implementation of the company’s Workplace Rights standards throughout the supply chain.  Prior to completing joining The Coca- Cola Company, Genevieve worked at the Fair Labor Association (FLA) as the Americas regional coordinator.  From 2000-2002 Genevieve worked for Gap Inc in the company’s Social and Environmental Responsibility department.

Genevieve holds a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in International Development from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  She completed her bachelor degree at Yale University. 

Chintan Shah

His career spans of 19 years, leading both hard and soft supply chain initiatives across the globe. He has worked and lived in Australia, Germany, India, the USA and Canada. A practical hands-on leader, Chintan has an extensive background in supply chain design, technology, integration, and optimization.

Chintan's many areas of expertise include: cash-to-cash cycle, consolidating mission critical projects, lean & green Global Supply Chain and delivering Lean Supply Chain to organizations. Chintan holds a B.Eng and M.Eng in Electronics and Systems Engineering complemented with an MBA in operations from University of South Australia.

Mathieu Lamolle

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

Mathieu has extensive experience working in developing countries, delivering training programs and providing technical support and advice on market access issues and trade negotiations at multilateral or regional level.

Mathieu has joined the International Trade Centre (ITC) in October 2007. He works as Market Analyst for the Trade for Sustainable Development programme (T4SD) in the Market Analysis and Research section. His main responsibility in the T4SD team is to coordinate and supervise the development and maintenance of the Private Standards Database for the Standards Map website (www.standardsmap.org).


Aman Singh

Aman Singh is the Editorial Director of CSRwire.com, a widely-respected source for corporate social responsibility news, views and research, and oversees content distribution, syndication, strategy and other editorial functions, including leading CSRwire's exemplary blog: Talkback.

She is an experienced CSR practitioner, journalist, social media strategist and founder of Singh Solutions, which offers research and advisory services on corporate social responsibility strategy, contextual CSR reporting and communications. She is a New York University alum and most recently started, designed and managed Vault.com's CSR channel, exclusively built for CSR practitioners, HR professionals, students and thought leaders to engage, debate and discuss issues like innovation, entrepreneurship, social responsibility and employee practices.

She has written for numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Triple Pundit, CNBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, Business Ethics magazine, among others and is a frequent speaker on CSR and sustainable business practices, the role of media in social change, job hunting in CSR and connecting the many tenets of responsible business with strategy.

Singh was named among 2011 and 2010’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America and ranked No. 4 in HRExaminer’s Top 25 HR Digital Influencers for 2011. She is on the advisory board for the Council for Corporate Responsibility, the Green Breakfast Club, a judge for Points of Light Institute's Annual Corporate Engagement Award, and a firm believer that only informed professionals can lead business and the global economy into the next century.

Connect with Aman @AmanSinghCSR.


Todd Yaney

Todd Yaney is part of the Corporate Sustainability Core Team at Chrysler Group, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He is responsible for the societal aspects of their corporate responsibility, which includes Chrysler’s workforce, dealers, communities and supply chain. He has been with Chrysler for 25 years and most of his career has been within Procurement and Supply in the U.S. and Europe, creating a strong understanding of the intricacies and real-life aspects facing the global manufacturing supply chain. In 2010 he helped with the development of Chrysler’s Sustainability Team, who published their first CR report in 2011.

Todd served as Chrysler’s Executive-on-loan to AIAG (the Automotive Industry Action Group), where his primary activity was supporting supply chain initiatives. An emphasis on corporate social responsibility and in particular the Global Working Conditions Initiative provided the opportunity to help shape an industry voice and guidance to the automotive supply chain in high-risk regions. He continues to expand that role while refining its focus through the collaborative development of assessment, analytical and corrective tools and processes. He is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Central Michigan University.


The Key to Successful Supply Chain Management

Most companies only have good information on 10% to 15% of their direct suppliers. Transparency, Trust and Traceability of supplier facilities is a critical pre-requisites to Managing Corporate Values and Risk.

Most companies only have good information on 10% to 15% of their direct suppliers. Transparency, trust and traceability of supplier facilities is a critical pre-requisites to managing corporate values and risk. The shocking reality is that many organizations do not know where their products come from hence traceability is a real challenge due to the complex supply chains networks of intermediaries, subcontractors, domestic importers, wholesalers and constantly changing facility locations and contact details. In today's world, the pre-requisite to managing reputational risk in your supply chain starts with knowing who your real suppliers and manufactures are and be able to answer the following questions:
  1. Who exactly are my suppliers?
  2. How many direct vs. in-direct suppliers do I have?
  3. What is my level of traceability & trust?
  4. Are my brands exposed to practices happening in my manufacturing facilities?

This presentation will showcase a new solution for:
  • Discovering and Screening New Suppliers
  • Managing living Profiles of Existing Approved Suppliers
  • Discovering and Screening New Suppliers

Presented by David H. Horlock, VP Global Inspection and Auditing - Consumer Goods, Intertek

David H. Horlock
VP Global Inspection and Auditing - Consumer Goods, Intertek

David has a Bachelor of Business Degree in Agribusiness with 30 years work experience in the Agri-Food, Life Science, Commodities and Consumer Products sector dealing in the Trade Compliance Industry.

His positions include international management postings working as a CEO, Country Manager, Global Product Manager and Global Vice President for internationally recognized compliance companies gained from postings in Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, Australia and Middle East.

He is an active leader in Quality, Product Safety, CSR and Environmental Sustainability working with global brands to bring their supplier facilities into acceptable compliance with Regulatory and Market requirements.

He was awarded to the world's most accomplished individuals by Princeton Premier Business Leaders & Professional Honors' Award for 2009-2010 Registry.

He is a truly global citizen with English parents, born in Thailand Lived and educated in Australia and currently based in Hong Kong for the last 8 years.

He is currently the VP Supplier Management & Global Audit with Intertek Consumer Goods and overseas some 640,000 Supplier Inspections and Assessments impacting on the lives of over 200 million workers.


Doug Cahn

Doug Cahn is the principal of The Cahn Group, LLC, www.thecahngroup.com, a corporate responsibility consultancy dedicated to creating sound business practices that are consistent with societal needs and stakeholder expectations. He is also and founder and president of Clear VoiceSM, www.clearvoicehotline.net, an independent and confidential communication channel for workers. In 2011, he co-created an online course for professionals on the risks of human trafficking and slavery in supply chains.

Mr. Cahn has been a corporate responsibility and public policy executive for 30 years. During that time, he has implemented corporate programs that address supply chain labor standards, human rights, the environment, government relations, community relations, advocacy and communications. As vice president of human rights programs at Reebok International for 15 years, Mr. Cahn led the implementation of Reebok’s corporate commitment to international human rights, both through the company’s business practices and philanthropic endeavors. He developed a child labor free soccer ball factory in Pakistan and human rights training programs, worker communication systems, and assessment tools in over a dozen countries.

He is co-founder of the Fair Factories Clearinghouse, a non-profit initiative of global retail companies, consumer brands and retail trade associations dedicated to creating a system for managing and sharing information about workplace conditions. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Verité, a non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to humanizing the global workplace. He is also an advisor to Goodweave, whose mission is to end child labor in the carpet industry.


Beyond auditing: working towards sustainable improvements in factories and farms all over the world

BSCI conducts over 6,000 audits per year. Our audits cover all sectors and risk countries: from asparagus in Peru, furniture in Vietnam, to clothing in Turkey. This data gives us a good picture of the current working conditions in supplying factories and farms. However, the audits do not answer one vital question: How can we solve the root cause of poor working conditions? The complexities around this question are multifaceted; internal processes should be innovative with embedded policies and practices which support working conditions down supply chains. Furthermore, a common understanding of the root causes of poor working conditions and how to create a sustainable change is essential at all levels; factory/farm workers, buyers, international institutions and policy makers.

Presented by: Olga Orozco, Managing Director, BSCI

Olga Orozco
Managing Director, BSCI

Dr. Olga Orozco is an executive with 18 years of experience in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility and background in agricultural and biological sciences. She is currently Managing Director for Operations at the BSCI, which is an association of retailers aiming at the implementation of CSR in their global supply chain. Her current responsibilities include leading the Members’ Administration team, and supervision of the Primary Production module, focused on auditing and compliance management in the agricultural environment. Additionally, she is responsible for the oversight of the BSCI Capacity Building program, focused on designing/coordinating and providing trainings for BSCI Participants, their suppliers, auditors and consultants.

The BSCI performs roughly 6,000 audits per year. The coordination of quality assurance program, and details of the technical execution are also part of Dr. Orozco’s portfolio. Dr. Orozco has conducted herself investigations of labour violations and verification of codes of conduct in 30 different countries as part of her previous role as Director of Operations for the auditing firm ALGI.


Dr. Marsha Dickson

Dr. Marsha Dickson is professor and chairperson in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies and co-director of the Sustainable Apparel Initiative at the University of Delaware.  Dr. Dickson is internationally known for her research and teaching on social responsibility in the apparel industry.  She is lead author of the book Social Responsibility in the Global Apparel Industry and has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Fashion Marketing & Management.  She has conducted research on social responsibility in the apparel industry in China, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Dickson is also a 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.  She serves the FLA as executive committee member and chairs the monitoring committee.  Dr. Dickson has received several awards for her academic and industry contributions in social responsibility, including the All Star Award from Apparel Magazine and the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) in 2009 and ITAA Distinguished Scholar in 2011.

Kathrin Bohr
Director of Advisory Services, Intertek

Kathrin heads up the Advisory Services practice at Intertek Sustainability Services. She has over fifteen years experience working in the field of consulting. Prior to joining ISS she built and grew the consulting practice of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR), a leading non-profit business membership organization. While at CBSR and at ISS she has worked with leading North American and multi-national corporations at all levels, from the board to frontline workers, to develop and strengthen their corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies and programs with an emphasis on supply chain issues. She is an expert facilitator and trainer with experience in convening collaborative industry working groups and is specialized in stakeholder engagement and CSR/sustainability reporting. She is also GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) certified.

Kathrin holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto as well as a MBA with a specialization in Business & Sustainability from the Schulich School of Business, York University. Kathrin is fluent in English, French and German and has a working knowledge of Italian and Spanish. She is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Paula is the president of The CSR Group, LLC, which specializes in CSR/Sustainability Strategy and Communications. The CSRG has played a leadership role globally in the rapidly evolving field of Sustainability/CSR. Paula’s has worked with dozens of Fortune 500 companies on Sustainability/CSR Strategy, supply chain management, Stakeholder Engagement, Sustainability Reporting, and CSR Communications.

She has extensive knowledge of the leading metrics of sustainability including the CDP, the GRI, LEED, ISO 26000, ILO Standards, the DJSI, and many others. Paula has been on the faculty at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas for the past 8 years

John Bullock

John Bullock is an attorney with a twenty-five year specialization in precious metals. He has provided in-house and outside legal counsel to precious metals companies, industry associations and governments, and for twenty years has been Chair of the Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the International Precious Metals Institute. In the new area of conflict gold, he is an active participant in initiatives of the Responsible Jewellery Council, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the London Bullion Market Association, the World Gold Council and the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition. He has a BA and JD from Yale University.

Claudine Musitelli
Vice President, Ethical Sourcing and Food Safety Initiatives
The Consumer Goods Forum

Claudine Musitelli joined CIES (now The Consumer Goods Forum) in 2001 in a coordinating role for the association's strategic management programmes. She was promoted to Manager in 2003.

In April 2004 Claudine was nominated to a Programme Management role for the CIES Food Business in Society Initiative as well to the management of the new communication strategy of CIES.

In 2006, Claudine was appointed to develop the Global Social Compliance Programme and became its Director in December 2007.

In July 2011, Claudine was named Vice President, Ethical Sourcing and Food Safety Initiatives adding the management of the Global Food Safety Initiative to her portfolio.

Claudine Musitelli gained a B.A. degree in international administration and politics after studying in France and Germany, and obtained her Post Graduate Professional Degree in International Public Law and Administration from the University of Paris (Sorbonne). A French national, she has lived and worked in the U.S., Germany and the Middle East.

CSRwire CEO and lifetime entrepreneur Joe Sibilia will briefly present the results from a number of recent independent studies that evidence that "Voluntary supply chain disclosure increases shareholder value," followed by a quick wrap up of the day's events along with a couple of audience polls [Consider it a non-graded test of everything you heard during the day!] and give us some constructive food for thought as we head into cocktails!

Joe Sibilia

Joe Sibilia is the CEO of CSRwire, the most trusted source for corporate social responsibility news, views and research. He is a lifetime entrepreneur, mentor, researcher, speaker and a well-respected leader in advocating for socially responsible business practices. He is the founder of Gasoline Alley Foundation, a 501(c) 3 corporation that has incubated 43 small businesses since 1985, and teaches successful entrepreneurship to inner city and/or underprivileged individuals, encouraging them to use socially responsible/sustainable business practices.

Joe recently co-authored Street Smart Sustainability: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Profitably Greening Your Organization’s DNA with David Mager and remains a highly sought after adviser on sustainable business practices.


William Sarni
Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy | Sustainability and Climate Change Deloitte Consulting LLP

Will has been providing sustainability and environmental consulting services to private- and public-sector enterprises for more than 30 years, with a focus on developing and implementing corporate-wide sustainability strategies, as well as broad based water stewardship programs. He has a practical yet creative approach in developing and implementing high-value sustainability programs and integrating diverse business and technical issues related to resource management.

Sarni’s diverse client list includes Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations and non- governmental organizations (NGOs). He has managed complex projects throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, working with some of the world’s most recognizable companies. He is a key team member on the development of the Best Global Green Brands sustainability performance methodology highlighting the value of sustainability in creating brand value.

He is the author of the recently published, Corporate Water Strategies and the forthcoming book Water Tech – A Guide to Innovation and Business Opportunities. Sarni is the Deloitte Project Lead for the 2011 CDP Water Disclosure sponsorship and the Deloitte Technical Lead for the IBLF and CEO Water Mandate “Water Action Hub” project.


Roberta Barbieri
Global Environmental Project Manager, DIAGEO

As Global Environmental Programme Manager, Roberta is responsible for establishing Diageo’s strategy on Environmental Sustainability on an end-to-end supply chain basis – from the barley in the field to the empty bottle in the bin and everywhere in between – and for implementing programs to embed that strategy in all aspects of Diageo’s business.

Roberta has over 20 years of experience in corporate environmental sustainability in several different industries, including the electronics, entertainment, and food and beverage industry. She has a BS in Environmental Conservation, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Science.


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Made Easy: How to streamline LCA and eco-design in order to measure, improve and communicate your products environmental footprint

As businesses strive to improve their environmental footprints, a variety of tools and services have been developed to assist organizations in understanding the impacts of their products on the environment. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has emerged in response to the need for a reputable, comprehensive, and methodical technique for understanding and quantifying a product, service, or material’s environmental impact throughout its entire life cycle, from raw material to end-of-life. LCA software has been developed to streamline these studies, and increase their utilization for decision making. We will explore new eco-design and LCA interfaces available today for non-LCA experts who want to both measure their products’ environmental impacts and enhance product design and development.

This workshop will demonstrate how streamlined LCA can be used to:
  • Measure impacts easily, instantly and specific to your products / product lines
  • Identify opportunities for resource reduction & cost savings
  • Compare and benchmark between product and service options
  • Effectively communicate findings to various stakeholders

Working through real-world scenarios, the powerful capabilities of the Instant LCA™ tool will be demonstrated for attendees to visualize how this software can enable instant and efficient environmental impact calculation and eco-design.

Presented by: Mallory McConnell, Technical Specialist-Environmental Impact Solutions, Intertek

Megan DeYoung - Director, United States, Corporate Citizenship

Megan manages the US practice with more than 12 years of corporate responsibility experience. She has a deep understanding of corporate responsibility issues, advising clients on developing and implementing strategies. She has worked with companies in many sectors including, food and beverage, alcoholic beverages, pharmaceutical and health care, packaging, and publishing.

Prior to joining Corporate Citizenship, Megan worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she assisted clients on sustainability, risk management, and ethics projects. Megan has a MBA and MS in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan as well as a BA, with High Honors, in Sociology from Emory University.

Greg Yahr
Government Relations Representative, American Apparel & Footwear Association

As Government Relations Representative, Greg Yahr is the staff liaison for the AAFA Environmental Committee. In this role with the association Mr. Yahr monitors environmental regulations and legislation that will affect AAFA's membership. The committee is one of AAFA’s largest and fastest growing and is comprised of over 200 professionals representing over 100 different organizations. He is also charged with maintaining AAFA’s industry wide Restricted Substances List, which tracks chemical regulations on the apparel and footwear industry throughout the world. Mr. Yahr began work at the Association in 2009. He attended The George Washington University where he received a BA in International Affairs with a concentration in International Economics. He is originally from Waukesha, WI.

Jenna Pires
Manager, Strategic Innovation | Intertek Consumer Goods


Nathaniel Hochman
Director of Sustainability, Li & Fung USA

Nathaniel Hochman is the Director of Sustainability for LF USA, a subsidiary of Li & Fung Limited, the multinational consumer goods export and logistics group. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Li & Fung is recognized as the world’s leader in consumer goods design, development, sourcing and distribution. A key partner to major department stores and mass retailers, LF USA combines innovative design, merchandising expertise and deep retail relationships with Li & Fung’s global sourcing platform to build a unique portfolio of well-known consumer and fashion brands, licensed and private label products. Nathaniel earned his bachelor’s degree at Brown University and a master’s degree at the London School of Economics.

David Uricoli
David Uricoli, Senior Director, Global Human Rights Compliance, Ralph Lauren

David joined Polo in 1988 and has successfully worked his way through the company in many areas; 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 Polo's social compliance and human rights program implemented in all Polo Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco product 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 studied Special Education at William Paterson University and is a 1983 Fashion Institute of Technology graduate in Menswear Design and Marketing. He is a member of FIT's Executive Alumni Association and sits on the International Trade and Marketing Department Advisory Board.

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