Sedex 2020 Conference Agenda

8:00 a.m. | Registration

Attendees arrive to pick up their delegate materials as well as tea, coffee and light breakfast pick-me-ups.


9:00 a.m. | Opening remarks Simon McCalla, Sedex CEO

The Humanity of Supply Chains: How do we achieve impact?


9:10 a.m. | Keynote: The Corporate Responsibility to Drive Social Purpose | Justin King, Vice Chairman, Terra Firma

Justin will explore the impact of the gig-economy, pressures of an elusive green consumer, the broken relationship between commerce and society and using competitive advantage as a driver for change.


9:45 a.m. | Keynote: Achieving impact in complex political environments Aarti Kapoor, Managing Director, Embode

Businesses are often expected to meet idealistic goals while operating in complex political environments, dealing with local cultural practices and broader systemic problems. Yet how do we navigate child labour and forced labour, when we have no control over the root cause? Where does the responsibility of business start and stop? And how to do we invest to address socio-economic challenges that do not just band-aid the problem?


10.10 a.m. | Keynote: Can modern slavery legislation drive human rights forward in other countries?


10.40 a.m. | Mid-morning break

Attendees can grab a hot beverage and light snack before they visit the Sedex lab, which showcases some of Sedex’s latest tools in the networking and exhibition area.


11.10 a.m. | Sedex Unconference: Live crisis – problem solving for impact

Delegates solve the biggest challenges in the supply chain in a live scenario.


12.40 p.m. | Lunch

Attendees can refuel with lunch and network with delegates and exhibitors.


1.40 p.m. | Tracks open

Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Panel: Multi-facets of gender in the supply chain Panel: The future of social auditing – is there a need to change? Spotlight talk: Understanding human rights impact assessments
How do we address issues affecting women in supply chains? We discuss real life examples of businesses creating gender equality in their business and supply chain, including how to measure and accelerate progress. What’s the role of social auditing for creating impact on people in the supply chain? How do we ensure the quality and integrity of social audits and their output (data)?                                                                        What needs to happen in future? What is a Human Rights Impact Assessment? Why should and how can I do one? How can outcomes support my responsible sourcing programme?


2.25 p.m. | Tracks continue

Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Panel: Addressing modern slavery in the supply chain Panel: Climate change impact on workers and a ‘Just Transition’.  Spotlight talk: How can we work with vulnerable groups to uphold responsible recruitment? 
Themes we will cover: Themes we will cover: Themes we will cover:
How do I identify and prioritise action once I have assessed risk?  What do I do if I find forced/child labour?  How and when do I remediate risks identified on site? How will climate change impact workers in supply chains?  Why are certain members in the workforce population more vulnerable?  What will be the impact on my business?  How can we ensure consideration of workers’ needs? How can workers contribute to a more sustainable economy?  What is happening in the food sector, mass migration and food drought? Why are migrant workers more vulnerable to exploitation and recruitment fees? What principles can businesses adopt to address this?                                                          Spotlight talk: How can we leverage behavioural science to address common business and human rights challenges and effectively implement behaviour change initiatives within companies?


3.10 p.m. | Mid-afternoon break

Attendees can refuel with a hot drink and light snack and network with delegates and exhibitors.


3.40 p.m. | Spotlight: Achieving supply chain transparency using innovative solutions – creating production visibility using dust particles Jessica Green, Co-Founder and CEO, Phylagen


4.10 p.m. | Keynote: How do we move forward to continue progressing human rights?


4.40 p.m. | Closing remarks Simon McCalla, Sedex CEO


4.45 p.m. | Networking drinks 


6.00 p.m. | Sedex Awards  drink reception


7:15 p.m. | Awards ceremony and dinner commence