Sedex Southeast Asia Conference 2018

We are delighted to announce the Sedex Southeast Asia Conference 2018 will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 8th, 2018.

As a global membership organisation, Sedex continuously engages members and stakeholders worldwide to understand their on-going requirements. This helps Sedex adapt to the wider responsible and sustainable supply chain sector trends. We would like to invite you to the Sedex Southeast Asia Conference 2018 which will take place at LE Meridian KL in Kuala Lumpur on 8th November 2018.


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The annual Sedex Responsible Supply Chain Conference provides a unique opportunity to embrace stakeholders in the supply chain, to discuss and share the best practice in responsible and sustainable supply chain. Besides our members, the conference also attracts prospective members and a wider audience outside of our membership, including government representatives, NGO’s and multinational corporations.

This year’s theme is “Responsible Sourcing in Practice”

We will bring you a wide range of speakers from a variety of sectors to share their visions and challenges on responsible supply chains, and specific trends in Southeast Asia, such as forced labour and environmental regulation. Additionally, there will be a session for the audience to learn more about the Sedex system and the SMETA methodology, in order to enhance their Sedex membership and develop their responsible supply chains.

What can I expect?

  • The first Sedex South East Asia event
  • Outreach and engage with wider members and stakeholders in this region
  • Pushing forward the further debate and communication on sustainable supply chains
  • Global trends and Best Practice sharing
  • Responsible supply chain issues or trends in South East Asia region, such as forced labour, environment regulation etc.
  • Training and capacity building – learn more about the Sedex system and SMETA to start your responsible supply chain journey


Who has attended the Sedex Conference before?


Detailed agenda to be announced in the run-up to the conference.



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More speakers to be announced in the run-up to the conference.

Barry Marshall, COO, Sedex

Barry joined Sedex in 2017. He qualified as a Member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 1990. Since then, Barry has gained broad experience within different industries.

He has worked in the hospitality industry, manufacturing, sales and distribution, and has most recently spent 16 years within fashion retailing. During this last period his role envolved from being purely finance-focused, to cover all aspects of the business. For a period was also MD of the International Division of a leading footwear retailer.

Walter Lin, Director of Operations and Strategy-Asia, Sedex

Walter joined Sedex in Dec 2007, he helped Sedex to open its first Asia office in Shanghai, China and build its presence and engagement with Sedex members, stakeholders and local industry community. He manages the overall strategy development and operation of Sedex in China and in recent years he put his focus on Sedex wider presence and expansion in other parts of Asia such as south east Asia and India sub-continent.

Prior to joining Sedex, Walter got over 15 years experiences in the area of supply chain management which covering the manufacturing and international trading sectors. He got rich understanding and insight of the different roles in the supply chain, from buyers to suppliers, from supply chain service providers to workers.

Yann Vuillerod, Regional Responsible Sourcing Manager, Nestlé

French-Irish citizen, Yann holds a Food & Agriculture engineering Master degree from France and specialized through an Advanced Masters in Innovations & Policies for Sustainable Food Systems.

He has been working with Nestle for 4 years in several countries including France, Switzerland and Malaysia focusing on the development and coordination of farm level sustainability & supply chain Responsible Sourcing programs.

In his current position, part of his role is to coordinate Nestlé’s Tier 1 Suppliers Ethical Audit program throughout zone Asia, Oceania & Sub-Saharan Africa markets, making sure the supply base improves continuously towards Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Standard.

Brian Chan, Human & Workplace Rights Director, The Coca-Cola Company

Brian Chan is the Human & Workplace Rights Director of The Coca-Cola Company. He has been with The Company for 26 years and his latest assignment is a CSR profession to develop and implement the Human and Workplace Rights Policy and Supplier Guiding Principles in China and Pacific region since 2006.

Prior to this role, his experience with Coca-Cola include product and marketing equipment innovation, quality system development, environmental, health and safety, food laws and regulations compliance, new business development, key customer quality performance and relationship management.

Matt Friedman, CEO, The Mekong Club

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 29 years’ experience as a manager, program designer, evaluator and frontline responder. He is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong-based private sector business leaders who have joined forces to help fight human trafficking in Asia.

Mr. Friedman was previously Regional Project Manager at the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, an inter-agency coordinating body that linked the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Prior to this, he worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal where he designed and managed country and regional human trafficking programs. Mr Friedman also offers regular technical advice to numerous governments and corporation working to stop slavery, and is the author of eleven books.

Sunny Qin, Members Relations and Learning Manager , Sedex

As Sedex global member relationship and training manager, Sunny Qin is mainly responsible for the maintenance of international brand membership relations, activities and the development and implementation of capacity building projects.
She was responsible for production management in one manufacturing enterprise. After that, she worked in the international well-known third party audit company, who was responsible for audit quality management and team management with eight years.
Subsequently, Sunny joined the global well-known supply chain trading service company and engaged in social responsibility training and team management for 6 years.

Sunny has over 15 years of social responsibility auditing, supply chain risk management and practical training experience.

Denise Westerhout, Lead for Sustainable Markets Programme, WWF-Malaysia

Denise Westerhout currently leads the Sustainable Markets Programme (SMP) in WWF-Malaysia which addresses the adoption of sustainable commitments by corporations. She spearheads the direction of the programme and the strategies that drive sustainable consumption among plantations, manufacturers and consumers. This programme includes stakeholder engagement within the palm oil, timber, paper, pulp, and rubber industries in Malaysia. Prior to her engagement with WWF-Malaysia, she was attached with the Australian Trade Commission and the Government of Canada.

Denise holds an Electrical Engineering Degree, majoring in Power Generation, from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor and a Master’s degree in International Business from Monash University.

Mohammad Rezaul Islam Khan, Head Of Compliance and Sustainability, Soorty Textiles (BD) Ltd.

Have hands on experience in Garments and Textiles Sector in Bangladesh more than 10 years, earlier worked in Hop Lun (A Hongkong Based European Lingerie Exporter), Mohammadi Group (A local big garments Group of Company). Have the related education likewise Diploma in Social Compliance, MBA in HRM from a renowned University in Bangladesh. Had gone through lots of training on HIGG, BSCI, SEDEX, Labor Law Application, ICS, Internal Auditor for ISO9001-2015, And Lead Auditor for ISO14001-2015, SA8000, ZDHC Water and Chemical Management, Global Organic Textiles and Organic Content standards, Global Recycle standards,  LEED, ACCORD, ALLIANCE Etc

Working the current organization for 2 and a Half years and started from the beginning of the Organization’s business and Achieved most of the system implementation with great sustainability of the processes in terms Workers Safety, health, Legal Rights, environmental aspects and impacts. Helped to share the Bangladesh’s Accord and Alliance requirement to establish other factories in Pakistan of the existing organization to keep workers safe in all the aspects.

Mark Wong, Head of Downstream Sustainability, Sime Darby Plantation

Mark is the Head of Downstream Sustainability for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and manages the company’s responsible sourcing programme. Sime Darby Plantation is a globally integrated plantation company and a leading producer of certified sustainable palm oil products.

In previous roles, Mark led the development of the Sime Darby Group’s annual sustainability reports, established targeted stakeholder engagement programmes on sustainability issues and managed the Group’s climate change agenda. He also participated on various multi-stakeholder platforms, including the High Carbon Stock Convergence Process, which defined a unified approach to implementing no-deforestation commitments.

An Environmental Engineer by profession, Mark was previously an Associate Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability and Climate Change practice. He has also worked in the mining, forestry and property industries.

Vivian Deng, Project Manager, ESTS

With more than 10 years’ working in the international audit companies and brands, Ms. Vivian Deng has accumulated rich experience in social compliance auditing, training and supplier compliance.

Vivian is quite familiar with many social compliance programs and brands’ specific requirements on suppliers and has professional knowledge and experience on elaborating the Labor Law and social audits in Southeast Asia.  And now she is the Project Manager of ESTS (Extensive Standard Technical Services Co., Ltd.), a global audit company.

Tony Wang, Marketing and Planning Manager, Sedex

Tony joined Sedex in 2017 and was responsible for the brand and market operation of Sedex in China. Meanwhile, he helped promote the expansion of Sedex in other markets in Asia like Southeast Asia to gradually established channels for further contact with local members and stakeholders.

Before joining Sedex, Tony focused on marketing and brand promotion for more than 6 years. He once served leading software companies in China, also, he dabbled in the rapid consumer and Internet industries. Hence, Tony has his own opinions on cross-industry market and brand communication.

Tony graduated from the University of Leicester with a master’s degree in mass communication and worked as a radio host for a year as interest. In his spare time, Tony enjoys music and travel and is also interested in digital products.


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