Sedex Southeast Asia Conference 2019
We are delighted to announce the Sedex Southeast Asia Conference 2019 will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday 4 November 2019. The event will focus on ‘the importance of being a responsible business’
As a global membership organisation, we continuously engage with as many of our members and stakeholders worldwide as we can, ensuring that we always listen to members’ needs and understand their expectations so that Sedex can evolve to adapt to sustainable supply chain sector trends.
Our Southeast Asia Conference 2019 provides delegates with a unique opportunity to connect with peers in the responsible sourcing sector, sharing ideas and hearing best practice examples from leaders in the industry.
This year, we will invite brands, suppliers, NGOs and other stakeholders to discuss “The importance of being a responsible business”. Southeast Asian markets are facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges, and our members are currently addressing the complexities of labour rights, migrant labour, environmental pollution and audit. We hope to motivate companies to become leaders in ethical purchasing and overcome these risks and challenges.
At the conference, buyers and suppliers will share their supply chain practices, and our panel discussions will investigate a deeper and broader area of corporate social responsibility.
• Nearly 100 representatives from the field of sustainable development
• A rich and varied speaker lineup – government, NGOs, local and global brands, suppliers and other stakeholders
• 10 trends of responsible business in Southeast Asia
• Focus on the topical and complex issues in the supply chain in Southeast Asia
• A great opportunity to meet the leaders in the industry
• Introduction of SMETA 6.1
When: Monday, 4 November 2019
Where: Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, Thailand
* The conference will be held in Thai and English . Simultaneous interpretation will be provided to all participants.
Walter Lin, Managing Director - 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 Southeast 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.
Vishal Londhe, Business Head - India, Sedex
Vishal work closely with companies in Indian subcontinent to understand their CSR needs and explain how Sedex services will help them. Vishal have been part of Sedex for nearly 5 years working and managing different teams to understand member needs and support in their queries. Vishal has delivered number of code of conduct and supplier onboarding projects with multinational corporations around the globe.
Harsha V Reddy, Head of Global Sustainability, Indorama Ventures PCL
Harsha Reddy is the Head of Global Sustainability at Indorama Ventures PCL (IVL), where he oversees the company’s sustainability strategy. He is responsible for implementing policies and processes at IVL’s operations worldwide and delivering on the company’s sustainability commitments.
He is a qualified Company Secretary from India with over two decades of experience in sustainability, risk management, corporate governance, legal, statutory, regulatory and stock exchange compliance, and equity financing.
Prad Kerdpairoj, Human Rights Manager, Thai Union Group PCL
Prad is a Human Rights Manager of the Thai Union Group PCL, a global seafood leader with ambitious growth goals and a dedication to sustainability and innovation. He works toward towards the goal of eliminating labor rights abuse and unethical labor practices in Thai Union’s operations and supply chain. Before the current employment, he worked with financial regulators and policymakers to promote financial access for poor people.
Sritharan Kandasamy, Senior Manager (Health, Safety & Environment), Hartalega Holdings Berhad
Mr. Sritharan Kandasamy as current role as Senior Manager in Hartalega Bestari Jaya, primary responsible for Health, Safety & Environmental Management in the Plant. He played a key role in improving Hartalega’s HSE related matters since 2012. Besides, he has vast knowledge, various expertise and experience in HSE since 1996. Contributed as a competent Safety and Health Officer for more than 20 Years and Managerial position for more than 15 Years in Health Safety and Environmental field . Under his management, various HSE Program had been implemented in the Plant to elevate or moving safety to next level by reducing accident in the plant over the years.
Bhawna Yadav, Regional Social and Human Rights Manager South Asia and ASEAN, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (RB)
Bhawna is a competent and qualified Sustainability and Social professional. She has worked in both corporate and consultancy portfolios which brings the holistic views and experience for practical solutions and network in the arena of sustainability and social.
She also extends support to responsible resourcing team which handles natural raw materials such as palm oil, rubber latex, etc within this region. In addition, she supports the group in preparation of Human Rights section of Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) report.
She represents RB (within FMCG sector) as a member of India National Interpretation (NI) Working Group, for RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) principles and criterion. Also, she leads APAC hub for RB in AIM progress.
Previously she has worked as a Sustainability Consultant in Environment Resources Management (ERM) and has worked across number of sectors including consumer goods, energy, renewables, financial, logistics, chemical, IFC, World Bank, etc. These projects have covered a broad set of issues including social investment, water projects, due diligences, organizational development, third party investments.
Herdial Singh, Regional Director - Quality & Business Excellence, Agility Logistics Services Pte Ltd
Herdial Singh has been the Regional Director for Quality & Business Excellence for Agility Logistics for 10 years, and a Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) Board Member, and Treasurer, for 8 years. As a subject-area specialist, with national and international experience in systematic process improvement and performance excellence, Herdial brings a broad range of competencies to Agility’s Quality, Compliance, Environmental, Health, Safety and Supply Chain Security systems. He is responsible for new initiatives, training, and engagement systems and programmes within the region.
At the industry level, Herdial is active in TAPA Asia’s Change Control Council (CCB) and the World‐Wide Change Control Board (WWCCB) since 2012. He has conducted numerous TAPA Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) training initiatives since 2011, and was TAPA APAC’s Training Working Committee Lead for 2014/2018.
Fredy Guayacan, Economist, International Labour Organization (ILO)
Fredy Guayacan is an Economist working with the ILO on corporate social responsibility 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 socially responsible labour practices in supply chains by generating knowledge (research), providing policy advice and facilitatingdialogue among relevant actors 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, leading the technical component of private sector development and the inclusion of decent work in it. Fredy has worked in different advisory and managerial capacities with different UN agencies, governments and a broad range of private sector and development actors 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 where he graduated with distinctions.
Allison Hudson, Director of Member and Customer Relations, Sedex
Allison joined Sedex in 2016 and is the Director of Client Services, managing a portfolio of over 900 Buyer (A) and Buyer/Supplier (AB) members globally. Allison has over 15 years’ experience in client services, account management, building strategic partnerships and business development.
Allison has a wealth of experience working with leading international corporates to manage organisational risk and is focused on understanding the needs of clients to deliver proactive solutions for managing supply chain risk. Allison is “not afraid to roll her sleeves up and get stuck in” and has been integral to Sedex’s successful delivery of key projects to drive continuous improvement, including the evolution of the SAQ, Forced Labour Indicator Reports and Risk Assessment.
Allison leads Sedex’s team of account management and ethical trade coordinators and is passionate about developing the skills within her team to continually meet our members’ needs and build trust and collaboration. Allison is a passionate home chef and loves to be social with friends and throw dinner parties.
Tony Wang, Marketing and Communications Manager, Sedex
Tony is responsible for the brand and marketing operation of Sedex in China. At the same time, he helps promote the expansion of Sedex in southeast Asian market, and gradually builds 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 worked for leading software companies in China and also involved in the FMCG and Internet industry. Therefore, he has his own views on cross-industry market and brand communication. Tony graduated from the University of Leicester, UK with a master’s degree in mass communications, and once worked as a radio host for one year.
Hugh Van Es, Managing Director, Swarovski Gemstones (Thailand) Ltd
For the past 25 years I have been working in the manufacturing field in Thailand in multinational companies and since June 2014 as Managing Director of Swarovski Gemstones Thailand, a manufacturing operation of the Swarovski Gemstones Business. In addition to its famous crystals, Swarovski has been producing calibrated, precision-cut genuine gemstones and created stones for many decades, offering a unique, balanced selection of products made from the purest raw materials. Each stone is crafted to satisfy the strictest standards for quality, color, size, and shape. The result: a consistency and quality unlike any other brand on the market and an unsurpassed creative vitality. The Swarovski Gemstones Business is a certified member the Responsible Jewellery Council and has implemented the following standards: ISO14001 (environment), ISO50001 (energy) and ISO45001 (health & safety) at the factory. In 2018 Swarovski Gemstones Thailand was also audited for the SMETA standards.
Become a Sedex conference speaker
If you have case study detailing your own responsible sourcing journey, or would like to showcase a sustainable solution from your organisation, the Sedex Southeast Asia Conference is a great platform to share. Please email Tony.Wang@sedexglobal.com if you would like to present.
Become a Sedex conference sponsor
Sponsoring the Sedex Southeast Asia Conference offers you a fantastic opportunity to promote your organisation to a large network of procurement, ethical trade and sustainability leaders and professionals, throughout the conference and lead up to the event. If you would like to sponsor the event, please email Star.Liu@sedexglobal.com.