Film | Driving transparency to improve standards

Film | Driving transparency to improve standards

Why is transparency such an important component of responsible supply chain management? And what can companies do to drive transparency at all tiers of their supply chains? Film three outlines the importance of transparency in global supply chains.

Drawing on practical experience from sustainability leaders, this film highlights how increased supply chain transparency can help companies to mitigate risk, assure product quality, protect reputation and prevent loss of shareholder value.

Film produced in 2013.



Carmel Giblin, CEO, Sedex Group
Carmel Giblin is the CEO of Sedex Group and has been with the organisation since April 2010. As the world’s largest collaborative platform for managing ethical supply chain data, Sedex engages with all tiers of the supply chain with the aim of driving improvements and convergence in responsible business practices. Before joining Sedex, Carmel was Head of Corporate Responsibility & Accessibility at Sky, where she developed the organisation’s Responsibility Strategy. Prior to Sky, Carmel worked as a Buyer at retailers Somerfield, Waitrose and Exxon Mobil and in supplier organisations Britvic Soft Drinks and Allied Domecq in roles that included customer management, risk management and organisational design and effectiveness reviews.

Chris Start, Chairman of the Board, Sedex
Chris Start is the Chairman of the Board of Sedex Group, serving as an Independent Non-executive Director of Sedex Information Exchange Ltd and of Sedex Solutions Ltd. He is a former Vice President at Procter & Gamble, where he worked for 25 years in local, regional and global assignments. Today Chris works as an advisor, consultant and coach to the leaders of a variety of companies across Europe. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Vlerick Business School and is an Associate Professor at the Louvain School of Management, both in Belgium. Since joining the Sedex Board in November 2011 Chris has brought his passion, professionalism and extensive international business experience to help drive Sedex forward as an agent for positive change.

David Lawrence, Global Compliance & Ethics Programme Director, Diageo
David Lawrence reports to the Diageo Chief Compliance Officer, developing their C&E programme, including their approach to 3rd party anti-corruption management and integrating it in to their broader sustainability agenda. Previously, David worked in Global Procurement, leading their compliance, risk and sustainability work; which covered a wide range of activities from supplier codes/policies, supplier qualification & continuity assurance to responsible and Sustainable Procurement – Agriculture, ethical sourcing, packaging, renewable energy.

After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, David held several operational roles within Eden Vale and Guinness (now Diageo), including several overseas roles in Africa, before moving in to Procurement 13 years ago. As well as holding a Diploma in Management Studies, David has recently completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business, through Cambridge University. David looks to bring a practical approach to balancing the ever-increasing compliance pressures and sustainability opportunities, with the commercial realities of a customer/supplier relationship in the Supply Chain. David is also currently Chairman of AIM-Progress, the FMCG sector task-force working collaboratively to improve responsible sourcing practices through their common supply chains.

Dr Kevin Franklin, Managing Director, Maplecroft
Dr. Kevin Franklin is managing director of Maplecroft professional services, where he overseas engagements on global risks and sustainability strategy, reporting, supply chain continuity and financial services. He has a PhD in Business Studies from Warwick Business School with further degrees in biology and environmental science. Kevin has more than 15 years’ experience advising companies and financial institutions on extra-financial risks / opportunities and mitigation mechanisms in developed and developing country contexts. This includes the development and implementation of sustainability performance management systems, assurance programmes and reporting processes, company and country ESG risk ratings and ethical supply chain management. Key focus areas include energy and climate change, biodiversity, human rights and development issues. He is an experienced environmental and social auditor and has authored numerous reports for high-level international fora.

Louise Herring, Ethical Trade Manager, Sainsbury’s
As Sainsbury’s leader for ethical trade, Louise Herring is responsible for ensuring that workers along all the company’s global supply chains are treated fairly. Louise has twelve years of experience working for NGOs, donors and companies on fair and ethical trade, climate change, social enterprise, reproductive health and information communication technology in Europe, Africa and Asia. She has led the rollout of Sainsbury’s global ethical trade strategy for two and half years.

Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing and Plan A, Marks and Spencer Foods | Board Director, Sedex
Louise heads the Food sustainability team at Marks and Spencer. She deals with issues as diverse as sustainable fish sourcing, labour standards in factories, animal welfare, food miles, genetic modification, fair trade and climate change. With over 20 years’ experience in the field of sustainability her previous roles include Raw material procurement, establishing M&S leading ethical trade programme and she was part of the small team that developed M&S Plan A, an award winning sustainability plan to address a wide range of environmental and social issues.

Louise was a board member on the Ethical Trading Initiative board 2004-2007and has sat on Sedex board since its inception. Louise also chairs the Sedex Associate Auditor Group and is a Board director of Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP). A key part of her role is interaction with a wide range of stakeholders and suppliers. In the last 12 months she has travelled to America, India, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Peru and Europe meeting with over 1000 suppliers and local stakeholders to understand their issues and perspectives.

Peter McAllister, Executive Director, Ethical Trading Initiative
Peter McAllister is Director of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that work together to improve the lives of workers around the world. He joined ETI in October 2010, and has been a driving force in establishing its new supply chain approach to programme work. Peter has spent more than 20 years engaged in international development and rights-based initiatives around the world, including seven years at the Geneva-based International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) and 13 years with the international development NGO CARE.

Stephen Kenzie, Programme Director, International Business Leaders Forum
Stephen joined the International Business Leaders Forum in May 2006 and has led or contributed to projects across a wide range of thematic issues including environmental sustainability, human rights, anti-corruption and inclusive business. Prior to joining IBLF, Stephen was the founder and Managing Director of a successful retail sports equipment business in Canada. He has managed the Secretariat of the UN Global Compact UK Network since 2008, providing support for UK-based endorsers of the UN’s corporate responsibility framework. During his tenure, the UK Network has come to be recognised as a model for Global Compact local networks because of its genuinely business led governance structures and innovative programmes. Stephen has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia (1987) and an MSc in Business & Environment from Imperial College London (2005). He is a graduate of the Partnership Broker’s Accreditation Scheme and has extensive experience in cross-sector collaboration.

Trude Ertresvåg, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, REMA 1000
Trude Ertresvåg is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at REMA 1000 – the largest grocery retail chain in Norway and the fastest growing retailer in Denmark. REMA 1000 is part of Reitangruppen, a family-owned business. Ertresvåg took up her post in 2012 to lead the ethical trading programme for REMA 1000. REMA 1000 is moving forward with a programme of collaboration with other brands to engage more effectively with factories. Ertresvåg previously worked at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she served from 2006 to 2011. Immediately prior to REMA 1000, Ertresvåg was seconded as Personal Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. She gained an MSc Political Sociology from the London School of Economics in 2006.

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