Sedex 2020 UK Conference

2020 is set to be a significant milestone in human history, with dozens of countries and organisations setting sustainability targets for this date. Humanity is at an important crossroads in regard to our planet and our responsibility to fellow humankind. Collaboration and knowledge sharing are integral to overcoming the ethical, social and environmental challenges we face.

The Sedex UK Conference is Sedex’s flagship event and the biggest responsible sourcing conference in the UK, attracting over 700 people each year. The Conference has been running for over 7 years and aims to drive the discussion in progress and positive impact in ethical trade and responsible sourcing. 

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We are pleased to share that the Sedex UK Conference 2020 will be taking place on Wednesday 18th March 2020 at The Brewery in central London. The Sedex Awards ceremony will follow the Conference in the evening, celebrating the progress Sedex members and businesses are making in ethical trade and sustainability.

In 2020, we will be showcasing Sedex’s ambitious 2025 Strategy that aligns with our vision – to improve the lives of people working in supply chains. The 2020 Conference will be a one-day event, that will help attendees really understand the complexities behind responsible sourcing. The morning will offer a series of workshops to support attendees to problem solve and make challenging decisions in their ethical sourcing programmes. In the afternoon, delegates will attend a series of inspirational keynotes and be framed by an open and close with the Sedex CEO, Simon McCalla. You will learn how to respond to crises, which tools to use, how to communicate effectively, and how respond to unfolding challenges with trade-offs for different stakeholders. We will hear from different perspectives, including buyers, suppliers, workers and policy makers.

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Sedex 2020 London Conference agenda

8:00am – 08:55am Registration

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

08:55 – 09:00 Opening remarks

Simon McCalla, Sedex CEO

09.00 – 10.30 Morning sessions

The day’s tone will be set by a series of workshops – on the future of responsible sourcing, customer journey and problem solving complex ethical trade challenges from different perspectives.

10.35 – 11.05 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 – 12.40 Tracks open

Choose to spend the rest of your morning before lunch in either the Practical Solutions or Industry Challenges tracks – with speakers dedicated to discussing topics specific to the industry.

12.40 – 1.40 Lunch

Attendees can enjoy a selection of hot and cold foods, sourced from sustainable sources, as they spend time networking with fellow attendees.

13.40 – 15.10 Tracks continue

Stay in the same track or move to the other one for another set of speeches – Practical Solutions or Industry Challenges track – with speakers dedicated to discussing topics specific to the industry.

15.10 – 15.40 Mid-afternoon break

Attendees can rest their minds a bit for another hot beverage and light snack, spend some time networking and chatting with the Sedex team on-site.

15.40 – 17.00 Late-afternoon sessions
Closing up the day will be set by a series of top-level keynotes.

17.00 Closing remarks

Simon McCalla, Sedex CEO

17.05 – 18.30 Drinks reception

18.30 Sedex awards and dinner

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