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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Supplier Capacity Development: Moving from Enforcers to Partners

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Session Description

The current state of affairs—auditing, codes of conduct and presenting the business case to suppliers—has yet to bring sustainable change to supply chain sourcing. We all know that actually changing the business practice of suppliers requires more than platitudinous statements of commitment. Come help examine how companies and social entrepreneurs have implemented on-the-ground programs that have won the hearts and minds of suppliers and brought about transformational change in business practices.

When | Where

13:15 - 14:30 Thursday, April 16 SBS, Lecture Theatre 5

Session leaders

  • Aron Cramer Speaker
    President and CEO, BSR
    Aron is recognized globally as a preeminent authority on corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy by business, NGOs, and the public sector. Under his leadership, BSR has doubled its staff and expanded its global presence, which currently includes offices in Copenhagen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Tokyo. On a day-to-day basis, Aron advises senior executives at more than 250 member companies and other global businesses and is regularly featured as a speaker at major events and in a range of top-tier media outlets. Aron is co-author of the book Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World, which spotlights some of the sustainability strategies that drive business success. Aron joined BSR in 1995 as the founding director of our business and human rights program and opened BSR’s Paris office in 2002, where he worked until assuming his current role as President and CEO in 2004. Previously Aron practiced law in San Francisco and worked as a journalist at ABC News in New York.
  • Michael Kobori Speaker
    Vice President, Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.
    Michael Kobori has led sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. since 2001. Under his tenure, the company has been a pioneer, reducing the environmental impact of its products through its Levi’s® Waste<Less™ and Water<Less™ collections, Dockers’® WellThread collection, Care for Our Planet program, and leadership on the Better Cotton Initiative. In addition, the company has gone beyond labor compliance by publicly disclosing its manufacturing supplier locations, leading the industry in banning sandblasting, and partnering with NGOs and key suppliers to support programs that improve workers’ lives. Based on its sustainability work, Levi Strauss & Co. was recently named one of the most innovative companies in the world by FastCompany magazine, which also named Mr. Kobori one of its 1000 Most Creative People in Business. Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., Michael served as Vice President at BSR and before that spent nearly a decade at The Asia Foundation, supporting human rights and economic development in Bangladesh, Thailand, and Vietnam. Michael is a lecturer on sustainability at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Nina Smith Speaker
    CEO, GoodWeave International
    Nina Smith is the founding Chief Executive Officer of GoodWeave International. Since 1999, Ms. Smith has developed and led GoodWeave operations, which stops child labor, forced labor and trafficking in supply chains. Ms. Smith is an advocate for children’s rights and an expert on addressing labor rights violations in manufacturing supply chains. She is a winner of the The Schwab Foundation’s 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and the 2005 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, acknowledging her work to employ market strategies to tackle the worst forms of child labor and slavery. She is also a recipient of The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership. A fair trade advocate and expert for two decades, Ms. Smith was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center and a crafts export consultant to the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in Dharamsala, India, where she oversaw the development of new market-driven product lines and artisan training. Ms. Smith was also president and board member of the Fair Trade Federation and has served on the board of The Tibet Collection. Currently she sits on the board of the Fair Labor Association and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Tufts University.
  • Louise Nicholls Speaker
    Head of Responsible Sourcing, Packaging and Plan A, Marks and Spencer
    Louise Nicholls is Head of Responsible Sourcing, Packaging and Plan A with responsibility for setting strategic direction of Marks & Spencer’s Food sustainability plan. Her team work closely with buying teams on a day to day basis with issues as diverse as Ethical Trade, Water stewardship, Global community programmes, Lean manufacturing and sustainable raw material procurement. Louise is a board member of Sedex and a key part of her role is interaction with a wide range of stakeholders and suppliers. In last 12 months Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, America, China, Vietnam and Europe meeting with over 1,000 suppliers and local stakeholders to understand their issues and perspectives.
  • Dan Rees Speaker
    Director of Better Work, International Labour Organization
    Dan Rees is the Director of Better Work, a partnership between the United International Labour Organisation and the International Finnce Coprporation that brings together government, employers, workers and international buyers to improve working conditions and competitiveness in the global garment and footwear industry. Better Work is currently operational in 8 countries and engages around 1100 factories employing over 1.3 million people. From 1999-2010 Dan was the first Director of the Ethical Trading Initiative and spearheaded its growth from start up to a field leader wth respected international reputation in ethical trade in global supply chains. He is a leading expert on this aspect of corporate and has advised numerous governments international organisations and leading companies on best practice in improving working conditions in supply chains.