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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Building Bridges: Partnerships in Responsible Supply Chains

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Session Description

In most industries, supply chains are incredibly complex and opaque, and rely on a vast array of suppliers, contractors, and labor pools. Lack of transparency in workplaces far-flung from corporate headquarters can expose companies, workers, and consumers to the risk of human trafficking, child labor, and dangerous, degraded conditions. This session will take a close look at partnerships between social entrepreneurs and corporate giants. We’ll see how more responsible sourcing, transparency, and governance can ensure fair and humane livelihoods for workers and better stability for companies.

When | Where

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Thursday, April 6 Edmond Safra Lecture Theatre


Interview Series

Session leaders

  • Human Rights Director, Mars, Incorporated
    Marika is Human Rights Director at Mars, Incorporated. She leads global human rights strategy, policy, guidance, external engagement, and governance, collaborating with groups across the Mars business and value chain to advance respect for human rights. This work focuses on human rights in Mars operations, in Mars first-tier supplier workplaces, and in extended supply chains to origin level. It includes action on priority issues such as modern slavery and child labor. Marika co-chairs the Consumer Goods Forum’s task-force on forced labor and is a member of The Aspen Institute’s Leaders Forum. Previously, Marika spent ten years at The Coca-Cola Company where she led sustainability and public affairs partnerships, policies and programs. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, she worked for Oxfam America on economic development and human rights in Washington DC and Southeast Asia. She received her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Marika is from Hawaii and has lived in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. She is now based at Mars headquarters in Washington DC.
  • Daniel Viederman Moderator
    Managing Director, Humanity United
    Dan Viederman is a Managing Director at Humanity United, focused on efforts to engage entrepreneurs and tech innovators in pursuit of new tools to scale improvements for vulnerable workers in global supply chains. Before joining HU, Dan was CEO of Verité, a leading non-profit organization working against global forced and child labor through in-depth research and corporate engagement. In recognition of Verité’s impact, Dan was winner of a 2007 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. He has also managed China offices for World Wildlife Fund and Catholic Relief Services. Dan is a graduate of Yale University, the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and the Chinese language program at Nanjing Teacher’s University.
  • Irene Quarshie Speaker
    Vice President Product Quality and Responsible Sourcing, Target
    Irene Quarshie is a vice president in Target Corporation’s global sourcing organization. She leads a global team of 300+ team members, and is responsible for product quality and responsible sourcing. Her team’s purpose is to ensure Target’s vendors and suppliers operate efficient, safe and ethical factory environments where they can produce safe, reliable, high-quality products. Previously, Irene was Target’s Director of Government Affairs where she oversaw all government affairs activities at state and local levels nationwide. She has held other leadership positions during her tenure at Target, including Senior Group Manager of Corporate Risk and Responsibility and Group Manager of Supplier Diversity. Prior to Target, Irene spent five years as a strategy and management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and three years in the government affairs industry. Among her many affiliations, Irene serves as on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Minneapolis, Meet Minneapolis, The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her graduate paper on juvenile justice was published in A Comparative Perspective on Major Social Problems. She holds a B.A. in political science from Adelphi University and Master’s in Public Policy from American University.
  • Nina Smith Speaker
    CEO, GoodWeave
    Nina Smith is the founding Chief Executive Officer of GoodWeave International. Since 1999, she has developed and led GoodWeave towards its mission to end child labor in global supply chains. A longtime advocate for children’s rights and an expert on supply chain transparency and responsibility,, Nina has spoken about these issues at the Skoll World Forum, The World Economic Forum, Harvard University, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the American Bar Association, TedX–Dhaka, and other fora. Nina is winner of the Skoll and Schwab Awards for Social Entrepreneurship and also received 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 previously served as executive director of The Crafts Center and as a crafts export consultant to the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India, where she oversaw the development of market-driven product lines and artisan training. She has also served as a president and board member of the Fair Trade Federation, and 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.
  • Shawn MacDonald Speaker
    Chief Executive Officer, Verité
    Shawn MacDonald is CEO of Verité, a civil society organization that promotes workers’ rights in global supply chains through research, consulting, training, assessments, and policy advocacy. Shawn has broad experience in labor rights, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, workplace health, and multi-sector partnerships. Before joining Verité, he was Director of Accreditation at the Fair Labor Association, Vice President of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Senior Advisor at Meridian Group International, and co-founder of the Development and Employment Policy Project. Additionally, he worked for a variety of civil society organizations in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and an AB in History from Harvard University.