Sedex Conference 2018

March 13th-14th, London: 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. As we wrap up we look forward to our upcoming conferences in China and Australia in the coming months. All session recordings are now available on our YouTube channel.


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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. The Sedex Stakeholder Forum (SSF) March meeting will be held the day before, on the 12th of March.

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

The conference, with a past audience from 43 countries, with over 650 delegates, provides the opportunity to network with other like-minded industry peers.


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.


View the detailed agenda here


Nominations for the Sedex Awards 2018 are now closed. Click here to find out more information about the shortlist.


Sedex Awards and networking dinner

The exclusive Sedex Awards and networking dinner is held on the evening of the 13th of March to hear the winners of the Sedex Awards 2018 announced. The dinner is open to all attendees with an availability of up to 150 guests and will help you connect with industry experts while enjoying excellent food and wine.


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 practical examples, insights and tools to allow you to deliver within your own businesses and measure impact. We will demonstrate the benefits this brings to workers’ lives, the environment and to the health of the supply chain.


View the detailed agenda here


A selection of who’s attending

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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.



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

Linda Ampah - Founder and CEO, KAD Manufacturing Limited

Linda Yaa Ampah is founder and CEO of Cadling Fashions and KAD Manufacturing Limited, a fashion house and manufacturing company respectively. Linda has been educated and trained professionally in her area of work. The foundation for this came from her mother from whom she learnt to design, cut and sew. In addition to these skills Linda’s heart for empowering women led her to develop not just a garment manufacturing factory and fashion line but one that provides jobs, teaches both sewing and life skills and builds confidence in vulnerable and unemployed women.

KAD Manufacturing is now focused on making for both the local and the export market including clientele such as Jeanswest in Australia and Paw5, Brooklyn and Osei Duro in the USA. Michelle Obama has also worn some of her products. These brands, along with others, are partners in developing a factory with social impact at its core.

Marco Baren - Head of Supplier Quality, Supplier Development and Supplier Sustainability, Philips

Head of supplier development and supplier sustainability and market intelligence at Royal Philips

Marco has over 20 years of working experience in different markets, from components to automotive, different functions (purchasing/quality/production/plant mgt) and different regions around the globe. He holds a degree in Physics and Business Administration. Next to his role with Philips is also member of the Board of Directors of the EICC.

Perform to outperform together from reactive to predictive!

At Philips we are constantly working on improving our performance. As leader in the field of sustainability we are being seen and rewarded for our constant drive to improve people lives. This also means teaming up with suppliers helping them to become more sustainable but also more cost effective. Our strategic process to come to the right topics to deal with, did lead to 5 core programs very future oriented without losing our actual status quo. One of them is our Sustainable Performance program, where we stepped out of our comfort zone (auditing) and are now implementing a new approach based upon joining forces without penalties.

Professor Stephanie Barrientos - Global Development Institute, University of Manchester

Stephanie Barrientos is Professor of Global Development at the University of Manchester. Previously she was Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Stephanie has researched and published widely on gender, agribusiness and employment in global value chains and production networks; trade and labour standards; corporate social responsibility, fair and ethical trade. She has undertaken research in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. She led DFID funded research on Gender and Ethical Trade in African Horticulture; Ford Foundation funded research on Fairtrade in Africa; and the UK Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Impact Assessment. She led research commissioned by Cadbury Mapping Sustainable Cocoa Production in Ghana and India. This informed formation of the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership (UK£45m) followed by Mondelez Cocoa Life (US$400m) to support cocoa farmers, and Cadbury’s adoption of Fairtrade. She co-coordinated with Professor Gary Gereffi (Duke University) the DFID funded (UK£1.9m) international research network Capturing the Gains: Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks involving 40 researchers in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and USA ( She has advised a large number of companies, NGOs, government and international organisations including Body Shop, Cadbury/Mondelez, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Oxfam, WIEGO, ILO, and UNTAD. Stephanie held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2013-16) working on a book manuscript Retail Shift: Gender Patterns of Work in Global Value Chains. She is Research Lead on the DFID Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) programme (2017-22), promoting women’s economic empowerment in global value chains.


Claire Brown - Ethical Operations Manager, BBC Worldwide

Claire Brown began her career within buying and product development at The Disney Store Europe, specialising in toys and costumes. In 2008 she joined the Ethical Policy team at BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, focusing on ethical sourcing within the company’s Licensed Consumer Products business. Currently she is responsible for supporting and advising the commercial teams across BBC Worldwide’s wide variety of global businesses to ensure their supply chains are managed in a responsible and sustainable way.

Andrew Butler - Supplier Citizenship & Innovation, Procter and Gamble


Carnegie Mellon University Xavier University B.S. Economics, 2006

M.B.A., 2013

Joined P&G: 

2006 Purchasing Manager, Global Asset Recovery Purchases

2008 Senior Purchasing Manager, Global Packaging Purchases

2011 Purchases Group Manager, Global External Supply Solutions

2014 Corporate Supplier Diversity Manager

2016 Associate Director, Supplier Diversity, Sustainability, & Innovation

Baptiste Carriere-Pradal - Vice President, Europe at Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Rob Chester - UK Managing Director, NSF International

Rob leads NSF International’s food safety services and operations in the UK. Prior to joining NSF he worked for Walmart in the UK, the US and China.  Whilst in China he was the Chief Compliance Officer and did have accountability for Responsible Sourcing. Whilst in the US he ran Operations Compliance across Walmart’s 5000 US stores.  Prior to Walmart he held several compliance and responsible sourcing roles globally for Tesco.  He holds an LLB and Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from UCLAN in the UK.

Sam Eastwood - Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

In 2008, Sam established the dedicated business ethics and anti-corruption practice, which he continues to head. Sam advises major corporations on anti-corruption issues in connection with companies’ internal compliance policies and procedures, international business transactions and internal corporate investigations. Sam is consistently recognised in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners directories.

Sam acted as Independent Compliance Monitor for Macmillan Publishers Limited, reporting to the World Bank and the Serious Fraud Office. Sam has also acted as in a quasi-Monitor role for other entities related debarment by the World Bank.

Sam was part of the UK project team developing the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Anti-Bribery Management Standard. He also sat on the British Standards Institute’s panel for the drafting of the Anti-Bribery Standard and conducted two subsequent pilots. He sits on the board of Transparency International UK and the Management Committee of University College London’s Centre for Ethics and Law, and he is a board member of the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors.

Juliet Edington - Business Programme Manager at ILO/BetterWork

Juliet has been with the Better Work programme since 2009 and currently leads work with global brands and retailers. Based in Ho Chi Minh City from 2006-2017, Juliet was part of the team that established the Better Work Vietnam programme. Prior to joining Better Work Juliet was conducting research, training and on-going factory improvement programmes (for Impactt Ltd among others).

Before moving to Vietnam Juliet was Head of Projects for the Ethical Trading Initiative, managing a team and portfolio of ethical supply chain projects in both food apparel.

Dr Lea Esterhuizen - CEO of &Wider

Lea founded &Wider, a direct worker reporting company, in 2014 to contribute simple scalable tools to produce better data on working conditions globally.

Previously she worked as a methodologist in international development and human rights, focusing on scalable systems for gathering sensitive data on genocide, violence affecting children and forced migration. She brings with her the lessons learnt from these challenging environments, and especially the tried and tested methods for triggering trust and building response rates amongst fearful or reluctant participants. The budget constraints that always applied in her previous work, have helped to focus &Wider’s offer on providing better insight at low cost.

&Wider works across sectors and geographies, caters for large and small suppliers, and offers integration into other supplier assessment systems. Lea believes that while we have some distance to cover before we have a clearer picture of working conditions across the globe, that hearing directly and anonymously from workers offers us a logical next step towards building truly sustainable sourcing and a truly sustainable supply.

Professor Steve Evans - Professor, 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).

Clare Flannery - Sustainability Manager, AB-Inbev

Clare Flannery is a Sustainability Manager who leads Anheuser-Busch InBev’s responsible sourcing programme and is part of the global procurement function. She also works on Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Entrepreneurship programme focused on identifying opportunities to support the growth of SME supplier businesses within the supply chain and deliver a positive commercial and social impact. Prior to Anheuser-Busch InBev, Clare worked in SABMiller’s procurement sustainability team to build their responsible sourcing programme.

Dr Kevin Franklin - Senior Vice President, Consulting & Product, ELEVATE

Paul Gerrard - Group Policy and Campaigns Director, The Co-op

After twenty years in the UK Civil Service, Mr Gerrard has been Policy and Campaigns Director at the world’s oldest co-operative business, the Co-op, since 2016 and leads their policy, reporting and campaigning work including on supporting survivors of slavery, which was recognised by the global Stop Slavery Award in 2017.

Steve Gibbons - Director, Ergon

Steve is a co-founder of Ergon and has over 25 years’ experience in labour and human rights issues.

He regularly consults to international institutions, multinational and national companies, multi-stakeholder initiatives, sports federations and tournament organisers and not-for-profit organizations. He has worked in more than 20 countries across sectors including oil and gas, mining, retail, agribusiness, infrastructure, mega sporting events, finance, and clothing and merchandise supply chains.

Steve has particular expertise in developing and implementing human rights due diligence frameworks, reporting on human rights and modern slavery, facilitating stakeholder dialogue and in devising and managing grievance and dispute resolution mechanisms in line with the UN Guiding Principles. He is a expert member of the Independent Complaints Mechanism of the Dutch and German Development Banks.

Before Ergon, Steve was head of employment law at Incomes Data Services, the UK’s largest labour relations research centre. He is a UK-qualified lawyer, a regular conference speaker and a co-founder of the online training company for lawyers, CPDCast®.

Céline Gilart - Head of Social Impact, Twinings

Celine runs Twinings’ Social Impact work across their international supply chains, from tea, herbs, packaging and own operations. She also leads the development and implementation of Twinings Sourced with Care programme, to improve the lives of tea communities in sourcing countries. She joined Twinings in 2011, and has worked to develop and integrate social impact within the global business.  Celine is also a Board Member of the Ethical Tea Partnership. Previously, Celine worked as a Programme Manager for the ETP and volunteered for the UNHCR and for a development agency in Cambodia. Celine holds a Master of Cooperation and International Development.

Dr Mark Graham - Technical Director, Social & Human Capital Coalition

Dr Mark Graham has recently been appointed as the Technical Director of the Social and Human Capital Coalition. His role over the rest of this year is to finalise the Social and Human Capital protocol through a range of public consultation processes. Since leaving PwC in 2016 (where he headed up the UK Social Investment and Enterprise team) Mark had been providing advice on social and economic impact issues for Pro Bono Economics, the Strategic Investment Board in Northern Ireland and the University of Edinburgh Data Driven Innovation Programme.

Louise Herring - Director, Herring Consultancy

Antoine Heuty - Founder & CEO, Ulula

Antoine Heuty is the founder and CEO of Ulula ( a digital worker engagement platform. Ulula leverages simple mobile phones to connect every worker, anywhere and in real time to create more responsible supply chains. He previously held senior positions at the international Natural Resource Governance Institute and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

He is the co-author of various publications on transparency, mobile technology, social innovation and supply chains.

He has graduate degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, Oxford University and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Beth Holzman - Director, ELEVATE

Beth leads ELEVATE’s Supply Chain Consulting team and is based in San Francisco. She is responsible for ELEVATE’s engagement with global companies on responsible sourcing program design, due diligence, risk and segmentation analysis, program effectiveness, and stakeholder engagement.

Beth joined ELEVATE as part of the Laborlink acquisition in 2017. Laborlink is a mobile technology platform that captures insights directly and anonymously from supply chain workers. In this role, she managed relationships with companies using technology to better understand working conditions, worker empowerment, and forced labor risks, such as Target, Amazon, Dell, (among others). She also oversaw program implementation, data analysis, and global teams in 16 countries. Beth recently led ELEVATE’s development of the Integrated Assessment + Worker Survey service.

Previously, Beth was an Advisor at Shift and managed Timberland’s corporate responsibility strategy. She has worked with dozens of companies in the consumer products, electronics, and mining sectors to devise human rights strategies and data-driven buy-in for sustainability initiatives. Beth has also convened multi-stakeholder engagements with institutional investors, public interest groups, issue experts, and labor groups.

Henrietta Lake - Sainsbury's

Genevieve LeBaron - Chair, Yale University Modern Slavery Working Group at Yale University

Genevieve LeBaron is an award winning researcher, author, and educator on the business of forced labour. She is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Co-Chair of Yale University Modern Slavery Working Group.

Dr Simon Lord - Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd

Dr. Lord is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad. He was previously the Director of Sustainability for New Britain Palm Oil and the Director of Research. Dr. Lord began his career with Unilever PLC and has over 33 years experience in the agriculture commodities sector. Dr. Lord has held appointments on the Board of RSPO and numerous NGO initiatives.

Susannah McLaren - Advisor, Shift

Susannah McLaren is an Advisor at Shift, the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She provides expert advice to a select group of companies that are serious about human rights, drawing on her over 15 years of experience working for and with companies on human rights and corporate responsibility.

Prior to joining Shift, Susannah was Head of Social Sustainability for global engineering services provider Amec Foster Wheeler (now Wood). During this time, she elevated the profile and understanding of human rights across the business and established the company’s anti-human trafficking and modern slavery program. Susannah has also served on the Advisory Group to the UK Network of the UN Global Compact and as Vice Chair of Building Responsibly, an industry-led initiative of companies in the engineering and construction sector, working to promote worker rights and welfare.

Tom McLaughlin - Responsible Sourcing, Woolworths

Tom has a 39 year history in sustainable development and responsible sourcing at Woolworths, South Africa. It is a large Southern African retailer which primarily sells own label products in 11 African countries. It is a licensee to M&S.

Tom is one of the architects of the Woolworths’ sustainability strategy launched in 2007. He currently is responsible for coordinating the social and environmental aspects in the Foods Business unit.

The co-founder of Hangerman, a plastics recycling company in Cape Town, Tom is an honorary life member of the Packaging Institute of SA, a director of PETCO (SA’s first joint industry effort to self-regulate the recycling of plastic bottles and trays), a director of SIZA (Sustainability Initiative of South Africa – a membership-based agricultural body that encourages ethical trade and environmental stewardship) and until recently a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s complaints panel. He is also a former trustee and chairman of Orion (an organisation dedicated to caring and providing for the educational, training and therapeutic needs of children, youth and adults living with physical, mental, intellectual and neurological disabilities).

Dr Gavin Milligan - Group Sustainability Director, William Jackson Food Group

Dr Gavin Milligan holds a PHD from the University of London and worked for 9 years in the chemical industry before moving to the food sector. He has worked for a number of businesses ranging from SME’s to blue chip corporates in supply chain, operations and commercial roles and is currently Group Sustainability Director for William Jackson Food Group where he is responsible for the company’s social and environmental programmes. He chairs the Management Committee of FoodWasteNet and the Agri-food Member Interest Group at Campden BRI, is a member of the food sector KTN, a committee member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s agriculture sector group, and sits on the Industrial Advisory Board at Sheffield Hallam University’s centre for excellence in food engineering and Lincoln University’s MSc programme in agri-food technology. He is also a former member of the FDF’s sustainability steering group and WRAP’s Product Sustainability Forum.

Monica Mitteness - Manager, Supply Chain Quality, iTi Tropicals

Monica Mitteness joined iTi Tropicals in 2013 as Manager, Corporate and Supply Chain Quality. She supervises the company’s Quality Department and acts as liaison between the processor factories and iTi Tropicals.  In this role she is responsible for establishing, overseeing and communicating the company’s corporate social and sustainable programs as well as that of their processor’s programs. This position takes her to all parts of the world working closely with processors to ensure product quality, regulatory compliance and ethical standards.

Prior to joining iTi Tropicals, Monica worked in the area of International Product Development for a number of large, foodservice companies including US Foods, Starbucks, McDonalds and Dairy Queen.  She travelled to many countries to develop food items specific to the region or specific to the menu, ensuring brand standards were met.  She has produced product and conducted audits in 40 countries and 250 factories during her career.

Monica has a B.S. in Consumer Food Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Stuart Neely - Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright

Stuart Neely has experience in commercial litigation, arbitration and matters concerning business ethics, most notably relating to anti-corruption, proceeds of crime and business & human rights.

Stuart has worked on complex investigations and risk-management exercises for clients in the financial, extractive, agriculture and telecommunications sectors, including matters requiring engagement with criminal and regulatory authorities in jurisdictions including the US and UK, as well as the World Bank. He gained in-house experience whilst seconded to the anti-corruption function of BP’s legal department, where he worked on internal investigations and large transaction due diligence exercises.

Stuart has experience advising clients on NGO and investor engagement on human rights and other ESG issues, emerging laws relevant to the human rights responsibilities of businesses (including the Modern Slavery Act), key international soft-law standards including the UN Guiding Principles, and the implementation of human rights and labour welfare policies and procedures.

Stuart has published articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of business and human rights, participates in panel debates and guest lectures to LLM students at University College London. He co-chairs the Advocates for International Development Business and Human Rights Knowledge Group.

Louise Nicholls - Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability (Plan A) & Food Packaging, M&S

Louise Nicholls is  M&S Corporate Head of Human Rights,  Food sustainability and Food Packaging. She leads the strategic Human rights (and modern slavery)  agenda working across M&S  different business areas to support their local leadership teams develop implementation plans. M&S Human Rights approach has been recognised for its leadership coming top of both the Food and Beverage and Apparel sector in the global Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. To date M&S have published 2 Human Rights reports and 2 modern slavery statements reflecting a business focused and determined to embed respect for human rights in how they do business.

Louise was part of the small team that in 2007 developed and delivered the company’s groundbreaking Plan A, a 100 point, 5 year plan to address a wide range of environmental and social issues. She has responsibility for setting strategic direction of Marks & Spencer’s Food sustainability plan. Her team work closely with buying teams and food supply chain on a day to day basis with issues as diverse as  Packaging, Food waste, Water stewardship, Global community programmes, Lean manufacturing and sustainable raw material procurement. She was instrumental in development of Sedex sitting on the board for 16 years. In addition Louise has held Board positions at the Ethical Trading Initiative, LOCOG Stakeholder oversight board and Equality Human Rights Commission advisory Panel.

Tara Norton - BSR

Alice Pedretti - Senior Project Manager, CSR Europe

Alice joined CSR Europe in 2012 working on a number of multi-stakeholder projects involving businesses, experts and EU institutions. Currently Alice coordinates CSR Europe’s project on supply chain sustainability and business & human rights as well as Drive Sustainability, a partnership of 10 automotive companies to advance sustainability in their supply chain.

Prior to joining CSR Europe, Alice worked in Switzerland as ethical information analyst at Covalence EthicalQuote, a reputation index tracking the world’s largest companies on ESG.

Alice holds a Master Degree in Management and a Bachelor Degree in Finance from the Universitá Bocconi (Milan, Italy). During her studies she focused on corporate social responsibilities matters that led her to India where we worked as Business Development Manager for a local start-up in the food industry. She is fluent in Italian and English.

Dr Rebecca Prentice - Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Sussex

Dr Rebecca Prentice is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK, where she is lead researcher of a three-year study, ‘Compensating Workers after the Rana Plaza Collapse: A Qualitative Study of Activism and Corporate Social Responsibility’ (2015-2018). Dr Prentice is author of the report, Workers’ Right to Compensation after Garment Factory Disasters: Making Rights a Reality (2018), and co-editor, with Geert De Neve, of Unmaking the Global Sweatshop: Health and Safety of the World’s Garment Workers (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). Dr Prentice’s research focuses on issues of labour rights and occupational health and safety in the global garment industry, with special emphasis on compensation for death and injury after garment factory disasters.

Keren Pybus - Co-Founder and CEO, Ethical Apparel Africa

As Co-founder and CEO of Ethical Apparel Africa, Keren brings over 20 years of experience in sourcing, merchandising, and retail operations including living and working on three continents. Keren started her career at Marks & Spencer, followed by 17 years at George Clothing (Asda). Keren launched and led George’s Bangladesh sourcing office and also managed the India and China off shore teams. Following this Keren worked in Africa, Asia and Central America with artisans and local manufacturers to help them scale production to international standards.

In 2015 she co-founded with Paloma Schackert Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA).  EAA is an ethical sourcing business with the aim to prove that all manufacturing can be done ethically, it doesn’t have to be limited to luxury goods or small quantities.  They work with brands that want to source medium to large volumes ethically and connect them to factories that can supply their volumes and quality standards.  Our team on the ground in West Africa work alongside African owned factories to develop and teach them to reach international quality and efficiency standards, expand their capacity and in turn creating meaningful jobs with savings reinvested savings into worker empowerment and the journey to living wages.


Mark Robertson - Senior Vice President, Ethical Toy Program

Mark Robertson is Senior Vice President, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement at the Ethical Toy Program and has been with the organization since August 2015.  A member of the Senior Leadership Team, Mark is responsible for communications and leads the Ethical Toy Program’s engagement with sustainability stakeholders around the world. Mark is passionate about sustainability, and a firm believer that being more responsible creates better businesses.

Before joining the Ethical Toy Program, Mark was Head of Marketing and Communications at Sedex Global where he led the organization’s press, public relations and marketing work. Prior to Mark was Head of Communications at responsible investment research firm EIRIS Vigeo. Mark is a graduate in Environmental Science and is a qualified Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM).

Alberto Sartori - DNV GL

Alberto is a Senior Consultant in Supply Chain and Sustainability at DNV GL, technically responsible for global supervision and coordination of supplier social and ethical audit programs. Alberto has over 15 years’ experience in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development and has been directly involved in social auditing and certifications; training, calibration and supervision of social compliance auditors; development, implementation and monitoring of systems and processes for delivery of supply chain services; assurance and assessment for a variety of CSR-related schemes and programs, including standards such as ISO26000, ISO20400, ISO20121, CSR reporting, stakeholder engagement practices, Work Life Balance.

Avedis H. Seferian - President & CEO, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

Avedis Seferian joined WRAP in 2004 and was named President & CEO in 2012. He has extensive knowledge of social responsibility issues within the highly complex worldwide supply chains of the apparel, textile and footwear sectors. A recognized expert in the area of social compliance and responsible sourcing, he often speaks on topics in this field at different forums around the world, and has contributed to many leading trade publications and news outlets. Mr. Seferian serves on the Board of Advisors of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, is the Chairman of the Executive Board (and a member of the Stakeholder Board) of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) and sits on the Impartiality Committees of several audit organizations. He speaks five languages, has lived in four countries and holds degrees from three continents, including a BA from St. Stephen’s College in India, an MBA from the American University of Armenia, and a JD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Mr. Seferian is a member of the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. He resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and their 2 sons.

Tom Smith - Director of strategy, Walmart

Tom Smith is Director of Strategy at Walmart. As part of a global team that creates strategies to spark change for worker dignity in supply chains, his role is focused on using Walmart’s global presence in the right places to create collaboration to address challenging social issues. Previously to this he had worked as director of strategy and planning at Sedex.

Rona Starr - President & CEO, Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA)

Rona Starr joined the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) in August 2016. She oversees the organization’s development and the advancement of APSCA’s mission to enhance the professionalism and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits.

Prior to joining APSCA, Rona worked for McDonald’s for 21 years in a variety of roles. She was part of the roll out of McDonald’s social compliance program within Asia in 2002; and became the global lead in 2009.  In 2010, she gathered the audit firms used by McDonald’s together to form an advisory board to focus on improvement within the industry.  From there, numerous projects were undertaken, which included the implementation of a train the trainer program for auditors where she travelled the world to ensure calibration and continuous improvement among the service providers – which included many of the now APSCA member firms.

Rona is an accomplished and globally networked business leader with the capacity to influence at all levels of an organization. A specialist in transformational environments, she has defined expertise in risk management across emerging markets, combining a track record of success in supply chain management, administration, international business coordination and workplace compliance.

She has an MBA in Supply Chain & Logistics from the Australian Institute of Business.


Christine Svarer - Director, HER Project

Christine leads BSR’s HERproject—a women’s empowerment workplace program bringing together global and local companies, business associations, and donors to support women in global supply chains through health, finance, gender relations and gender based violence. Christine is also leads DFID’s Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) – a new 5 year programme to economically empower 300,000 women. WOW is implemented by a consortium including PWC, CARE International, Social Development Direct and the University of Manchester.

With more than 15 years working in international development, Christine has substantial global experience in women’s economic empowerment, private-sector development, financial inclusion, value chain development, entrepreneurship, cross-sector partnerships, and social enterprise.

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.

Jill Tucker - Head of Supply Chain Innovation and Transformation, C&A Foundation

Ms. Tucker is recognised within the apparel industry as an authority on delivering innovations that address working conditions challenges. Ms. Tucker joined C&A Foundation in 2015 as Head of Supply Chain Innovation and Transformation. Her three decades in grant making and social compliance work include establishing and leading Reebok International Ltd’s Asia human rights programme, where she managed staff in nine countries (1997 – 2005) and supported open elections for worker representatives in Reebok’s factories in China.  She also headed up the International Labour Organisation’s Better Factories Cambodia programme (2011 – 2014).  Under her leadership, Better Factories Cambodia nearly doubled in size and a programme of transparently disclosing factory audit information was introduced.   Ms. Tucker worked for a decade as a grant maker with The Asia Foundation, with postings in San Francisco, Bangladesh and Indonesia. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr Sally Uren OBE - Chief Executive, Forum for the Future

Sally is Chief Executive at Forum for the Future with overall responsibility for delivering Forum’s mission to create a sustainable future. This involves working with leading global businesses, including Unilever and Kingfisher, both in one to one partnerships, and also as part of multi-stakeholder collaborations designed to address system-wide challenges, particularly in food and energy.


Sally acts as Chair of Kingfisher plc’s Advisory Council, is a member of Kimberly Clark’s Sustainability Advisory Board, as well as an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several other global businesses. She is also Chair of the Advisory Board overseeing Forum for the Future’s growing operations in the US and an Advisory Board member for Sustainable Brands.

Sally speaks regularly at international and national conferences and also writes for a range of publications, with recent articles in the New Statesman, Huffington Post and Management Today. She is a judge for the Observer Ethical Awards, the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards and the Queens Award for Sustainable Development.

Marianne Voss - Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ethos Matters LLC

Marianne Voss is a co-founder and managing partner of Ethos Matters, LLC a corporate responsibility advisory firm helping leading organizations get more impact from their work by ‘doing business and doing good’.  Marianne is an attorney and well respected authority on sustainability, social impact and governance, with more than 15 years of leadership experience within both Global 500 companies, startups and leading NGOs.

Marianne has worked across multiple industry sectors to design, implement or evaluate programs which build a global economy that is good for business, people and the planet.  Marianne has also taught corporate responsibility courses at Bentley College and the University of Rhode Island.  Marianne is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and holds a Master‘s Degree concentrating in Public International Law and Human Rights from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Trevor Waldock - Founder & CEO, Emerging Leaders

Trevor Waldock is founder & CEO of the NGO Emerging Leaders. They have trained over 50,000 people in 15 countries with an indirect impact on over 2.5 million people. Trevor’s background in corporate leadership development and his conviction that world class leadership can be brought to the worlds most vulnerable communities has created Emerging Leaders mission to equip youth to lead themselves out of poverty. Since 2013 Emerging Leaders has been in a key partnership with M&S to bring their training into supply chains as a key route to building resilience for the present & future. Trevor is an established international speaker & author of 5 books of fiction and non-fiction.

Wesley Wilson, Vice-Chair, APSCA



Sponsors of the Sedex Conference 2018

DNV GL - Break-out sponsor

DNV GL is one of the world’s leading certification bodies. We help businesses manage risk and assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification,

verification, assessment and training services. We combine technical, digital and industry expertise to empower companies’ decisions and actions. Partnering with our customers, we build sustainable business performance and create stakeholder trust across all types of industries. With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


AsiaInspection - Webcast Sponsor

AsiaInspection (AI) is a global leading quality control and compliance service provider that partners with brands, retailers and importers around the world to secure, manage and optimize their supply chain.

AI provides Supplier Audit Programs, Laboratory Testing and Product Inspections services in 85 countries to consumer product and food brands and retailers. Our clients benefit from our web-based mobile-friendly account management and real-time supply chain intelligence to help them make informed decisions for their business.

We offer fast and flexible scheduling and competitive, all-inclusive pricing: from $309 for Product Inspections and from $649 for Supplier Audit Programs.

With over 2,000 inspectors and auditors classified by product range, three ISO 17025-accredited laboratories, and account managers speaking over 40 languages, we are Your Eyes in the Supply Chain™.


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.

Accordia - Drinks sponsor

Accordia is a global professional monitoring and auditing firm founded in 2001. Their focus is Corporate Social Responsibility and Responsible Sourcing with particular attention to regional issues impacting labour and human rights compliance.  Accordia is trusted to manage supply chain risk for companies of all sizes across many industries including textile and garment manufacture, consumer products and food production and agriculture.

Their clients rank among the largest and most respected brands and retail companies with strong commitment to elimination of risk within their own sourcing process.  Accordia provides awareness training and advisory services in CSR through public seminars and in-house events that educate and raise consciousness to compliance issues.

Accordia is an APSCA member firm, and a strong SEDEX supporter, with a dedicated and full-time staff of professionally trained and qualified auditors in major sourcing countries within Asia, Europe and throughout the Americas.

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.

2degrees - Exhibitor

2degrees is the world’s leading digital platform provider for sustainable business. Its mission is to make sustainable business happen at scale, helping brands, retailers and their suppliers to cut costs, risks and environmental impacts through cross-industry collaboration. A fast growth technology business, 2degrees works with some of the world’s largest companies and their supply chains including: Asda-Walmart, GSK, Mars, Co-op, Johnson & Johnson, Tesco, RBS and the European Commission.

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.

Authenticate - Exhibitor

Authenticate is a software and data platform for the global food industry and a partner of Sedex, offering custom supply chain mapping technology and real-time supplier accreditation data, including live Sedex membership status. Created to give greater visibility of responsible sourcing in complex supply chains, the platform is trusted by top UK supermarkets, foodservice operators, manufacturers, suppliers and producers to deliver transparency, compliance and insight within a unique collaborative network.

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) - Exhibitor

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) brings together business, government and academia to find solutions to critical sustainability challenges.

Capitalising on the world-class, multidisciplinary strengths of the University of Cambridge, we deepen leaders’ insight and understanding through our executive programmes; build deep, strategic engagement with leadership companies; and creates opportunities for collaborative enquiry and action through our business platforms.

Over 25 years, we have developed a leadership network with more than 7,000 alumni from leading global organisations and an expert team of Fellows, Senior Associates and staff. HRH The Prince of Wales is the patron of CISL and has inspired and supported many of our initiatives.

CSR Solutions Limited - Exhibitor

CSR Solutions Limited (hereinafter called “CSR Solutions”) was established in Hong Kong in 2001, as a global and independent commercial auditing company, focused on SA8000/BSCI /Sedex/CoC and Quality Auditing business and Capacity Building Projects for Supply Chain. Our target is to build a “Small but Professional” Auditing Company based on the “Integrity First and Professionalism Second” principle.

CSR Solutions employed experienced and skilled advanced auditors to deliver audits and training services for Management Systems: ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001 (ISO45001), ISO13485, ISO/TS16949 and cGMP.

Exova BM TRADA - Exhibitor

Exova BM TRADA is the Exova Group’s dedicated certification division incorporating former leading global certification body BM TRADA Certification Ltd.

Exova BM TRADA is accredited by UKAS and has been providing certification for over 30 years. As an independent, accredited certification body we provide UKAS accredited certification to all the major management systems standards as well as chain of custody and sustainable supply chain, product and service certification and CE marking. We can also offer a comprehensive suite of training courses to help you get the most from your certification.

Choosing Exova BM TRADA means you are working with a leading certification body accredited by UK and International bodies, whose name is readily accepted by regulators, purchasers and suppliers around the world and because we have clients in most industry sectors, ranging from small and medium sized businesses to major brands, our expert auditors understand the issues facing most types of business, meaning that we are able to be a very effective certification partner.


Intertek - Exhibitor

Intertek is your global partner for helping protect your business and brand, providing the global reach and local expertise that today’s international marketplace demands. Our comprehensive auditing and certification services give you the tools you need to evaluate and continually improve your business processes. As a UKAS accredited third-party registrar, we provide independent verification that your management system is effective in achieving your business objectives, while also certifying that it meets internationally-recognised standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, SMETA and much more.

Intertek is the largest social compliance audit company globally, with 850 compliance auditors in 65 countries. Our solutions help organisations to not only meet the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, but to ensure a safe environment for all those working in their supply chain.

Lloyd's Register - Exhibitor

We started out in 1760 as a marine classification society.  Today, Lloyd’s Register is a recognised, world-leading professional assurance services organisation. We specialise in management systems compliance, training and expert advice across a broad spectrum of standards, schemes and customised assurance services.  The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity which supports science and engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world.

In a world of increasing complexity – overloaded with data and opinion – we know that our clients need more than technology to succeed. They need an experienced hand. A partner to listen, cut through the noise and focus on what really matters to them and their customers. Our engineers and technical experts are dedicated to assurance. That means a commitment to embracing new technology, and a deep rooted desire to drive better performance. So we consider our customers’ needs with diligence and empathy, then use our expertise and over 250 years’ experience to deliver the smart solution for everyone.  After all, there are some things that technology can’t replace.

SAI Global - Exhibitor

At SAI Global, we help organisations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust.

Our integrated risk management solutions are a combination of world-class tech platforms, services and advisory capabilities that operate across the entire lifecycle allowing businesses to focus on opportunities presented by uncertainty.  Together, these tools and knowledge enable customers to develop a holistic, integrated view of risk.

SAI Global provides world-class auditing services across the entire supply chain and partners with Verisio to deliver SMETA audits in the UK and Europe.

With a head office in Chicago, Ilinois, we employ over 2000 employees across 28 countries and 51 locations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. In Australia, SAI Global is also a leading provider of settlement-related services; company, personal and property information.

SGS - Exhibitor

Besides being the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS has been involved in social accountability since its inception and has been performing social audits since 1996. Thanks to our worldwide network of more than 650 auditors with social accountability expertise and our technical capability, adaptability and flexibility we can also deliver a wide range of services including training and support services.

Sonata Software - Exhibitor

Sonata Software is a global IT solutions firm focused on catalysing business transformation initiatives of its clients through deep domain knowledge, technology expertise and customer commitment. The company delivers innovative solutions for Travel, Retail & Distribution and Software Product companies through IP based Platforms, Products and Services. Sonata’s solutions bring together new digital technologies such as Omni-channel commerce, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud and ERP, to drive enhanced customer engagement, operations efficiency and return on IT investments. A trusted long-term service provider to Fortune 500 companies across both the software product development and enterprise business segments, Sonata seeks to add differentiated value to leadership who want to make an impact on their businesses, with IT.

Corporate Citizenship - Media Partner

We’re pleased to announce that for the second year running Corporate Citizenship are one of our media partners. They provide news and analysis on responsible and sustainable business since 1991. CCBriefing is probably the world’s longest-running regular publication on responsible and sustainable business issues. Researched and written by practitioners, CCBriefing is published by Corporate Citizenship, a specialist global business consultancy. Sign up at or follow us @CCitizenship to receive daily roundups of the latest CSR and sustainability news, as well as insights and analysis from our experts and guest writers.

British Promotional Merchandise Association (BPMA) - Media sponsor

The BPMA (British Promotional Merchandise Association) is the leading authority on promotional products in the UK. Our principle objectives are to promote the value and use of promotional merchandise as part of the marketing mix, whilst supporting an ethical and professional supply chain. We always advocate that professional buyers and marketers buy from accredited BPMA members that have been financially vetted and sign up to a code of conduct. A number of our members are also members of Sedex and we are delighted to support the 2018 conference.

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