Sedex Virtual Asia Pacific Conference 2020

The first Sedex Virtual Asia Pacific Conference took place on the 14th – 15th October with over 1,000 attendees from businesses, NGOs and stakeholder organisations, sharing ideas and learning about the issues that matter most to responsible businesses.

 

Responsible Business in Action

Responsibility is becoming an increasingly important agenda for the global business community. It is being driven by the United Nations Guiding Principles, national action plans, investor market demand and consumer expectation. Businesses must be able to align their economic growth with their impact on people and the environment.

Watch the sessions from the conference

Opening remarks

Why does responsible business matter?

Responsible business in the supply chain

The Australian Modern Slavery Act - Jessica Casben

Effective buyer-supplier collaboration in an age of COVID

Business and human rights in Asia

Speakers

Simon McCalla, Chief Executive Officer - Sedex

Simon McCalla joined Sedex as Chief Executive Officer in early 2019 and is responsible for leading the strategic vision for Sedex, its members and the global Sedex team. He has 25 years of experience in retail, infrastructure and supply chain technology roles, working within companies including Adams Childrenswear, Next, Nominet, Volvo, Warner Bros and The White Company. Simon is passionate about enhancing the efficiency and transparency of the supply chain and protecting the people working in it. He serves Sedex members by building and delivering the products and services to do this and be the catalyst for positive change in responsible sourcing.

Alexander Walrut, Head of Office - Sedex

Alexander Walrut joined Sedex in 2019 as Head of Office for Sedex in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the Pacific Islands. As Head of Office Alex is responsible for overseeing the growth, support and capacity building of Sedex’s buyer and supplier members in the region.

Prior to joining Sedex Alex was involved in the startup community for over seven year. This included facilitating capital raising for startups amongst professional, supplicated and HNW investors. He was also involved in the fintech space for 5 years as a co-founder of CheckVault (digital escrow) and StreamlineID (identify verification).

Alex holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons I) and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the University of Sydney.

Amerley Amartey, Global Ethical Sourcing Coordinator - Aesop

Amerley is the Global Ethical Sourcing Coordinator for Aesop, responsible for the development and ongoing management of the ethical sourcing and assurance programme.

Amerley approaches ethical sourcing as a truly cross-functional endeavour, bringing together colleagues from across Supply Chain, Sustainability, Product and Packaging design, R&D and Legal by promoting synergies, common commitments and sharing knowledge, ultimately empowering them to bring and ethical and sustainable sourcing lens into all that they do.

With a background in Legal, Risk and Compliance consulting, Amerley has experience with undertaking due diligence and compliance framework assessments for clients across retail, financial services, corporate and government sectors and in varying regulatory landscapes. More recently, this has been invaluable experience for approaching Australia’s new Modern Slavery Legislation, not only for assisting with the development of legal and policy positions, but also in undertaking a modern slavery due diligence of the supply chain.

Amerley revels in the opportunity to work with suppliers to achieve both Aesop’s strategic sustainability outcomes, and also foster change that is true to the supplier’s sustainability journey and ensure that their business, workers, communities and environment are set up to thrive for many years to come.

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 function of the CSR profession to develop and implement the Human and Workplace Rights Policy and Supplier Guiding Principles in The Asia-Pacific region since 2006.

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

Brian is based in Singapore since Feb 2020.

Fredy Guayacan, Programme Manager - International Labour Organization

Fredy Guayacan is an Economist working with the ILO on socially responsible labour practices in global supply chains, he is the manager of the programme Responsible Supply Chains in Asia, a joint programme between the EU, the OECD and the ILO aiming at increasing the understanding and knowledge on CSR in supply chains in targeted sectors across 6 countries in Asia. Prior to this assignment Fredy was the ILO’s Enterprises Specialist for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and has worked in different advisory and managerial capacities with different UN agencies, governments and private sector in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Fredy’s academic background includes a  BSc and a MSc in Economics from the University of Gothenburg as well as a MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex.

Gabriel Amouyal, Audit Services Manager - QIMA

Industrial Engineer, specialist in Supply who arrived in China 14 years-ago, as an Environmental and Quality Auditor,, specifically REACH regulation on Chemicals).

Got involved in Social Compliance soon after arriving in China and became a Social Auditor, before taking a position of Team leader and Audit Manager.

Joined QIMA 7 years ago as Global Audit Services Manager, in charge of global QIMA Audit practices over 50+ countries.

Hugh Yu, Senior Manager, Responsible Sourcing - The LEGO Group

Hugh Yu is Senior Manager of Responsible Sourcing at The LEGO Group, where he is leading strategy and execution of LEGO Responsible Business Principles in the supply chain across Asia since 2018. He manages supply chain risk evaluation and mitigation, stakeholder engagement, and is leading supplier capability building and promoting Family Friendly Workplaces principle through multiple initiatives like summer camp, migrant parent training, etc.

Prior to joining the LEGO Group, Hugh has worked for different brand and retailer, and dedicated himself to supply chain social and environmental responsibility domain for more than 14 years.

Jessica Casben, Director - Australian Border Force

Jessica Casben is a Director in the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Branch, Australian Border Force (ABF), where she leads the team responsible for the Australian Government’s domestic response to modern slavery and human trafficking issues. She is a lawyer with over a decade’s experience advising governments and private companies on international trade and investment law matters. Prior to joining the ABF, Jessica was a Principal Legal Officer with the Attorney-General’s Department where she was engaged as legal counsel in the negotiation of free trade agreements and international disputes. She commenced her career in private corporate practice representing multinational companies in property, construction, customs and trade matters. Jessica has also taught and researched at Melbourne Law School and Monash University.

As we approach the deadline for submission of the first Modern Slavery Statements under Australia’s Modern Slavery Act, Jessica Casben will share her observations on implementation and broader progress. She will also discuss areas for potential improvement and the general direction of the ABF’s activities in the area.

Katherine Kang, Managing Director - Sunshine Fashion Accessories & Garments Co., Ltd

Excellent knowledge of Social Responsibility principles and application on a global scale, Best Practice particularly from a Retail/Apparel perspective. Good knowledge of labor law, environmental and key health and safety issues associated with fashion accessories production. Commercial understanding of fashion accessories and apparel factories and understanding of culture and customs of countries in the Far East. Proven experience in audit, supplier/process assessment and maintenance of accreditation. Open minded person with dedication working towards sustainable materials and products in high fashion business.  

Kimberly Yong, Regional Paper Business Manager - Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Kimberly Yong is the Regional Paper Business manager at Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific. With more than a decade of experience in the print industry, she has been involved in areas such as supply chain management, product and services planning. At Fuji Xerox, she leads the regional Paper Business and is responsible to ensure the company’s paper sources are from ethical sources for their customers.

Livio Sarandrea, Global Adviser for Business and Human Rights - United Nations Development Programme

Livio Sarandrea, is UNDP’s Global Adviser for Business and Human Rights. He is based in Bangkok from where since 2016 he has been leading the program: Business and Human Rights in Asia (B+HR Asia) in support of the implementation of the UNGP on Business and Human Rights in 11 countries.

Livio started his international career in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina where he served since 1997 as Human Rights Officer and Senior Human Rights Officer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).  In 2001 he joined the UNDPKO Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina as Chief of Regional Human Rights Office where he coordinated the Human Rights and war crimes investigative work of 40 Human Rights Officers.

From 2003 to 2010 he worked for the OSCE Mission to Serbia initially as Human Rights Institutions and Prison Reform Adviser and from 2005 as Senior Coordinator for Judicial and Legal Reform and Deputy Head of Rule of Law and Human Rights Department.

Livio Joined UNDP Mozambique in 2011 where he worked as an embedded Chief Technical Adviser in the Ministry of Justice and the National Human Rights Commission. During this period, he supported the Government of Mozambique in drafting its Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

Livio is from Italy and holds a Law Degree with specialization in International and Criminal Law from La Sapienza University, Rome, and a graduate diploma in Human Rights Law from LUISS University, Rome.

Mardee Job, Technical Officer - Fresh Produce Group

Mardee is a technical leader at Fresh Produce Group (FPG) who has developed and led the implementation of Responsible Sourcing requirements in the Fresh Produce Group of companies and their global partners. FPG grow, pack, import and export fresh produce through a network of leading international retailers and produce growers.  Since 2016 Mardee has managed the successful onboarding with Sedex of all FPG supply chains.  Mardee has also promoted Responsible Sourcing in her home country through her role as a Sedex Board Member (B Member Director since 2017), first one from Australia.  Mardee has participated in the recent strategic re-shaping of the Sedex platform and roll out of new member services.  When not passionately working on Responsible Sourcing of fresh produce, Mardee reflects on the many bizarre situations she encounters in the produce industry – and finds sanity contemplating the humble coconut.

Mans Carlsson,Head of ESG Research - Ausbil Investment Management Limited

Mans leads Ausbil’s ESG Research Team who take an active approach to engaging Australia’s listed companies on environment, social and governance issues. Måns also leads Ausbil’s integration of proprietary ESG scoring, research and ratings within Ausbil’s top-down bottom-up valuation approach so that ESG is fundamentally considered in Ausbil’s investment decisions. Måns has been with Ausbil since 2015. Prior to Ausbil, Måns was the Senior ESG Research Analyst at AMP Capital, following positions at Carnegie Investment Bank, Macquarie Bank and Accenture, having begun his career in 2004. Måns is well known for producing and presenting consistent, high-quality ESG research covering the Australian market, and he has published numerous, highly regarded insight papers on a wide range of ESG issues. Måns is a member of the PRI Australia Network Advisory Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Major in Business Administration) and Master of Finance degree, both from the Gothenburg School of Economics, and an MBA International from Griffith University. In 2019, Måns was honoured by Anti-Slavery Australia with a Certificate of High Commendation for his contribution to identifying the risk modern slavery in investment activities, and promoting better practices and awareness in the investor community. Måns is currently on a panel of experts advising the Australian government on the effective implementation of the Modern Slavery Act (2018), and was previously on a panel of experts assisting the Australian government to write the guidance for the same legislation.

Mengwei Li, Policy Analyst - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Ms. Mengwei Ni is the Policy Analyst for OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct. She has been working on the EU-ILO-OECD programme on Responsible Supply Chains in Asia since 2018, in particularly, closely involved in the development of the Chinese version of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance on RBC; she is also working on research project on garment sector due diligence in China, in cooperation with CNTAC.

Prior to joining the OECD, Ms Ni was a consultant for Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises Programme of the International Labour Organization. Ms.Ni holds a Master Degree in the Sociology in Peking University.

Meng Liu, Head, Asia Pacific Networks - United Nations Global Compact

Ms. Meng Liu is the Head for Asia Pacific networks with the United Nations Global Compact, overseeing over 15 country networks and operations across the region. Before joining the United Nations in 2007, Ms. Liu has worked for the non-profit and public sector across the US and in Asia. She was a fellow on Asian public policy with Harvard Kennedy School and book author of “Responsibility Changes the World-UN Global Compact Leading Business Revolution Worldwide”. Ms. Liu speaks regularly at global and regional conferences on the topics of corporate social responsibility, inclusive business, climate change, cross-sector partnership and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Liu has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2015.

Ninh Bui, Director of Bureau for Employers’ Activities - Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Bui Thi Ninh is Director of Bureau for Employers Activities at Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in Hochiminh city, which represents the Business Community, Business Associations and Employers in Vietnam. She has worked extensively on trade and business development issues, leading national advocacy to improve the business environment and business responsibility, particularly in the labour field, skill development. Ninh has a master degree in Development Policies and Practices  from the Graduate Institute, Geneva and a B.A. from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics.

Sebastian Conley, Sourcing Operations Manager - Country Road Group & David Jones

Sebastian Conley is an industry leading responsible sourcing, fashion and retail professional with over 20 years of experience.

Beginning his journey working in factories, Sebastian’s broad CV experience spans apparel, footwear, accessories and home textiles, and includes key senior management roles with industry-leading organisations like The Country Road Group, David Jones and Pacific Brands.

His professional focus lies in collaborating and developing complex international supply chains to build capacity and deliver responsibly made goods, which has seen him invited to share his expertise and insights at government and private sector events.

Sebastian’s widely recognised passion for assurance processes to protect and improve product quality, human rights and modern slavery – as well as his dedication to innovation through effective and sustainable collaboration – saw him appointed to the Australian Government’s Modern Slavery Expert Advisory Group in 2020.

Sridevi Kalavakolanu, Senior Director - Walmart, Inc.

Sridevi Kalavakolanu is Senior Director at Walmart, where she has lead strategy and execution of the Responsible Sourcing (RS) program across Walmart China, Japan and India markets as well as Global Sourcing Hubs across Asia since 2008.  She managed the transition of the RS program from audit to capacity building and risk management outcomes and also supported key corporate initiatives such as the Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.  Sridevi was a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council of Walmart Global Sourcing and has been active in mentoring and professional development activities for associates.

Sridevi has over two decades of experience in responsible sourcing and has previously worked with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in San Francisco where she provided training and consulting services to a range of companies in the apparel, footwear, automobile and energy sectors and with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Washington, DC.

Sridevi has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and was a Monbusho Scholar at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

Tara Dermott, Head of Sub-Office, Hong Kong SAR, China - International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Tara Dermott is the Head of the IOM Hong Kong SAR, China Sub-Office where she leads a dynamic team committed to supporting diverse migrant populations and the communities wherein they live. Current priorities include: promoting ethical recruitment of migrant workers; strengthening access to justice for trafficked persons; facilitating safe movement of vulnerable migrants; and continuing engagement with public and private sectors to realize the many positive benefits of labour migration for communities of origin and destination, as well as the migrants themselves.

As a strategic and experienced leader, Tara works with governments, civil society and industry leaders to collaboratively design and deliver innovative programs to prevent human trafficking, modern slavery and forced labour across Asia. From high profile media campaigns with positive messaging, through to the facilitation of practical training at the factory level, her work is grounded in over 15 years of technical experience and fueled by a passion for identifying and sustaining people-centred solutions.

Yew Huat Chua, Group Risk Management and Compliance Manager - JB Cocoa Sdn Bhd

Triston Chua joined JB Cocoa Sdn Bhd in 2019 as Group Risk Management and Compliance Manager and is responsible for the risk management and sustainability matters within the Group. Before joining JB Cocoa, Triston led the human resource and sustainability function of a textile manufacturer and actively involved in responsible recruitment projects in recent years with NGO and several brands.

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