Sedex Conference 2018

The Sedex Conference is our largest annual gathering, bringing together hundreds of businesses from across the globe to meet face-to-face, share ideas and learn about the issues that matter to every responsible business.


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We are excited to announce that the Sedex Annual Conference 2018 will be held at the iconic venue ‘The Brewery’, located in the centre of London’s financial district on the 13th – 14th March 2018.

This year’s theme is “Impact through Leadership. Defining ‘Beyond Compliance’ in Responsible Sourcing.”

The conference will feature sessions on;

  • Whose responsibility is it to go beyond compliance?
  • Impact measurement – what tools are available?
  • Technology advancements in hearing the voice of the supply chain worker
  • Forced Labour and Modern Day Slavery reporting
  • Leadership skills, how to develop them, how to demonstrate them
  • Training and Capacity building in suppliers – what can good look like?


Our host will be Martine Croxall, the respected international BBC news presenter and journalist.

We will explore how organisations can take an active role in going above and beyond the minimum ethical requirements, to become leaders in the field of supply chain sustainability. The conference will address different definitions of ‘beyond compliance’, and what actions businesses can take to gain the most positive impact throughout their responsible sourcing journey.


13th March: Conference Day 1

The first day will feature a series of inspirational keynotes from world-renowned experts in their field to give a truly global perspective on the outcomes of a responsible procurement and ethical trade programme, and the risks of ignoring a world in which sustainability has become a business-as-usual function.

  • Registration from 9.30am – 10.00am
  • Programme from 10.00am – 5.30pm
  • Drinks reception from 5.30pm-6.30pm
  • VIP Dinner & Awards from 7pm – 10.00pm (for Dinner and Awards ticket holders only)

14th March: Conference Day 2

The second day aims to show how your peers in other companies and industries are achieving success in going ‘beyond compliance’ and having a tangible, measurable impact on the ground in their supply chains. We will demonstrate the benefits this brings to workers’ lives, the environment and to the health of the supply chain.

  • Coffee 9.00am – 9.30am
  • Programme from 9.30am – 5.00pm
  • Conference closes 5.30pm


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2018’s largest responsible sourcing conference will feature:

  • Martine Croxall, our host, a world renowned BBC news presenter and journalist
  • Professor Steve Evans, Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability, Cambridge University
  • Warner ten Kate, Dutch National Public Prosecutor for Trafficking in Human Beings and People Smuggling
  • An international audience from 43 different countries
  • Over 650 delegates, including global brands and sustainability leaders
  • A live online broadcast to members in 150 countries
  • World class speakers
  • Award winning central London venue
  • Sessions to drive action on sustainable supply chains
  • Exhibitors from across the responsible supply chain services industry
  • Drinks reception, VIP three course Dinner and Awards tickets available so you can network with your peers

There are a few sponsorship packages still available, from sponsored breakout sessions, to the Dinner and Awards, and the live broadcast. To enquire about these opportunities please contact 


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

Professor Steve Evans - Cambridge University

Steve has acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords, as a member of the Lead Expert Group for the Government’s Future of Manufacturing Foresight exercise setting out a vision for UK manufacturing to 2050 and other policy roles. He is the Chairman of the Manufacturing Policy Panel for the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Royal Society Arts & Commerce

Steve spent 12 years in industry, including Engineering Systems at Martin-Baker Engineering, the world leading manufacturer of ejection seats. He became Professor of Life Cycle Engineering at Cranfield University in 1998 and joined the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing in 2011. He is Director of the national EPSRC Centre in Industrial Sustainability, with over 50 staff.

His research seeks a deep understanding of how industry brings environmental and social sustainability concerns into its design and manufacturing practices, with a duel emphasis on urgent & practical change now and system level change that offers hope for a sustainable future.

He works with organisations to develop solutions that move us towards a sustainable industrial future, including sustainable factories, food systems for people with reduced access to food, sustainable city re-generation design, and cars with water for exhaust that achieve 1l/100km (equivalent).

Warner Ten Kate - Dutch National Public Prosecutor for Trafficking in Human Beings and People Smuggling

In 1983 Warner Ten Kate graduated in the field of criminal law and public law from the University of Groningen (NL). From 2005 onwards, he is the national coordinating public prosecutor for Trafficking Human Beings and people smuggling at the national office of the public prosecutor in Zwolle (NL). Together with his team and relevant partners on national and international level, he aims to tackle THB in an comprehensive and innovative way.

Sponsors of the Sedex Conference 2018

Rina Services - Lunch sponsor

RINA SERVICES is the RINA company that delivers services of classification, certification, testing and inspection (TIC Services) to guarantee excellence to organisations in the marine, environment and energy, infrastructures, transport and logistics, quality and safety and agri-food sectors.

As a result of their ongoing investments in R&D and training, they have consolidated exceptional skills in certifying management systems, products, installations and personnel for companies of all sizes operating anywhere in the world, at the same time developing their core business of ship classification and certification.

As third-party, independent company, they deliver their services in full compliance with the principles of professional ethics, transparency, confidentiality and social accountability.

RINA is one of the founders of IACS (International Association of Classification Societies), that since 1968 makes a unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical activities, compliance verification, research and development.


ELEVATE - Event app sponsor

ELEVATE is the leading business risk and sustainability solutions provider. They deliver improved organisational performance through sustainability and supply chain assessment and auditing, consulting, program management and analytics. They help to shape the industry with their innovative solutions to complex problems, by designing and implementing customised programs and technology that provide complete insight into risk and improve supply chain and sustainability performance.

They conduct over 12,000 social audits and manage tens of thousands of trainings and summits each year, and develop and improve sustainability programs for hundreds of companies worldwide.

ELEVATE is headquartered in Hong Kong, and the company’s 400 employees oversee work in over 110 countries through dedicated offices in Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, Turkey, UK, USA and Vietnam.

Partner Africa - Programme sponsor

Partner Africa is a leading not-for-profit social enterprise and a pioneer in the field of ethical and socially responsible business practice. We work in partnership to deliver high quality and innovative Ethical Trade Services and Trade Development Projects across Africa and the Near East.

Partner Africa has experience across 42 African and Near East countries, providing ethical audits, training, trade development projects and consultancy services for international brands and retailers, local suppliers, producers and small holder farmers, as well as governments, NGOs and Trade Organisations. We are driven by a social mission to improve the livelihoods of workers and producers, while assisting access to international supply chains, by bridging the skills and standards gap between Africa and the international community.

ALGI - Exhibitor

ALGI count with the experience of pioneers in the industry paired with the innovation brought to the table by a multinational team in our offices around the world.

If you are looking for a company, who works with you using an individual approach tailored to the needs of your supply chain or for a company providing audit services according to the current standards, then please contact them.

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