Sedex Conference Sponsors

The Sedex Conference is the largest responsible sourcing conference in London, bringing together over 700 business leaders, CEOs, practitioners and government representatives.

This year’s theme is “From outputs to outcomes – Raising the bar in responsible sourcing”, and throughout the two days we will challenge ourselves to be leaders in ethical trade. Click here for more information on the conference tickets and agenda.

The Sedex Conference owes a huge gratitude to the many sponsors who so kindly support our event to make it one of Europe’s premier responsible sourcing conferences.

Sponsors

SGS - Breakout Sponsor

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.  SGS  has been supporting responsible business practices and performing social audits since 1996. Thanks to our worldwide network of over 650 auditors and our technical capability, adaptability, and flexibility we can also deliver a wide range of services including training and support services.  Further transparency on the supply chain can be provided through the Transparency-One solution that enables companies to discover, analyze and monitor all suppliers, components, and facilities in the entire supply chain.

RINA - Webcast Sponsor

RINA provides a wide range of services across the Energy, Marine, Certification, Transport &

Infrastructure and Industry sectors through a global network of 170 offices in 65 countries. We believe that the pursuit of excellence also means shaping a more sustainable future and we are committed to developing and delivering solutions that have a positive impact on society. With a global workforce of over 3,700, we can flexibly complement any supply chain needs and requirements, fully embracing digitalisation as a key asset as well. We are a member of key international organisations, like APSCA and Sedex Affiliate Auditor Network.

TUV Rheinland - Awards & Dinner Sponsor

TAKING ON RESPONSIBILITY ALONG THE SUPPLY CHAIN.

TÜV Rheinland is a globally active service provider in the area of testing, inspection, certification, and training. We support the value creation process throughout the world in many different ways. In our mission statement, we formulated the ambitious goal of being the world´s best sustainable and independent service provider along the supply chain. TÜV Rheinland experts audit your suppliers and service providers along the entire supply chain. With our services, you show your customers and business partners that fair working conditions and social and ethical sustainability are important to you.

CSR Solutions Limited - Lunch Sponsor

CSR Solutions Limited (“CSR Solutions”) was registered in Hong Kong as a global and independent Auditing Company in 2001. CSR Solutions Limited was founded by a very experienced and skilled audit team who have worked in a famous international certification body with more than 20 years quality and social compliance audit experiences.

CSR Solutions Limited is committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethics and integrity in the conduct of its business throughout the world. We have documented a Company Procedure on Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption which applies to all officers and employees throughout the world. This procedure establishes the methods used for preventing bribery during social compliance audit activities.

ELEVATE - Breakfast Sponsor

ELEVATE is the leading business risk and sustainability solutions provider. We deliver improved organisational performance through sustainability and supply chain

assessment and auditing, consulting, program management and analytics. We shape the industry with our 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.

We conduct over 14,000 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 550 employees oversee work in over 10 countries through dedicated offices in Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA, and Vietnam.

Authenticate - Event App Sponsor

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.

QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection) - Drinks Sponsor

 QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection) is a leading provider of supply chain compliance solutions, that partners with brands, retailers and importers to secure, manage and optimize their global supply network.

QIMA has on-the-ground presence in 85 countries, combining industry-leading experts for onsite inspections, supplier audits and lab testing with a digital platform that brings accuracy, transparency and intelligence for quality and compliance data.

For all our clients in 120 countries who use the QIMA platform and benefit from 24/7 support in over 20 languages, QIMA is Your Eyes in the Supply Chain™.

Lloyd’s Register – Pre Dinner Drinks Sponsor

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.

Partner Africa - Programme Sponsor

Partner Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, is a pioneer in the field of ethical,

responsible business solutions. We work across 42 countries in Africa and the Near East to improve the livelihoods of workers and producers, while enhancing access to markets.

Our skilled and passionate team of experts based across the region gives clients a unique insight into the context, culture, regulations, standards, labour laws and working practices in the countries where we work. Through our Auditing and Consulting service lines, we deliver high quality and innovative ethical trade services to a range of sectors across Africa, helping clients understand and manage complex supply chains and navigate global trade responsibly.

 

Intertek - Exhibitor

Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 43,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains. Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely. 

ALGI - Exhibitor

ALGI, a pioneering institution in the field of social compliance, has built a reputation founded on solid pillars of integrity, transparency and quality.  We take pride in providing specialized services to our partners, and making a contribution with measurable impact with regard to critical social standards in the supply chain worldwide.

ALGI is committed to providing long term support to our clients by combining experience, knowledge, and attitude, with a focus on clients’ needs and socially responsible strategies and solutions.  Our services focus on the improvement of our client awareness and understanding of the various laws and codes of conduct that regulate social sustainability, human rights and labor standards within their industry and their countries.

ALGI, partnering with you to build a sustainable, ethical culture, and strengthening the foundation of your business.

BM Trada – Exhibitor

BM TRADA, part of the Element Group, specializes in providing a comprehensive range of independent testing, inspection, certification, technical and training services.

BM TRADA provides an extensive range of management systems, chain of custody and sustainable supply chain certification services to a wide range of industry sectors.

SMETA (ethical trading audit) was developed for Sedex members but it is not exclusive to them, any organization can request an audit. A SMETA audit will enable you to demonstrate your ethical behaviours in a structured way which will assist you in managing and improving working practices for staff. It provides reassurance to new and existing customers as well as safeguarding your business relationships.

BM TRADA offers a three-tiered audit services approach to SMETA audits:

  • Audits
  • Sedex report uploading
  • Training

Cliffe Packaging - Exhibitor

Cliffe Packaging’s food (or Pharmaceutical Grade Bulk Bags) are designed exclusively for the packaging and transportation of sensitive foodstuffs.

The prime consideration when dealing with products of this type is providing a bulk bag which is not only scrupulously clean but also clinically sterile, to eliminate any risk of contamination to the products being transported. Food (and Pharmaceutical Grade) Bulk Bags must be manufactured to the highest standards in facilities which operate at ‘clean-room’ levels.

Why choose Cliffe Packaging’s Food Grade Bulk Bags?

If your business is in the food (or pharmaceutical) sectors then you already understand that keeping your products in the very best condition and free from any form of unwanted contamination is the most important factor in choosing high-grade bulk bags and/or FIBCs.

Cliffe Food Grade Bulk Bags are:

  • Manufactured from high-quality materials to UK & EU safety standards
  • Produced in our custom facility using the latest ‘clean room’ ultraviolet light
  • Sterilisation technology & audited by the UK’s leading food & pharmaceutical companies
  • Subjected to stringent safety and quality checks throughout all stages of production
  • Vacuumed scrupulously to eliminate any risk of stray fibres entering your product
  • Packed in sterile conditions and on heat treated pallets to ISPM standards
  • Fully certified under ISO22000:2005
  • Stocked in minimal ‘just in time’ batches to ensure they arrive with you fresh from production
  • Delivered direct by food grade logistics operators

We would be happy to talk to you about plastic packaging wastage issues and discuss any concerns you might have regarding impending Plastic Packaging legislation.

Verner Wheelock – Exhibitor

Established in 1990, Verner Wheelock is member of APSCA and Sedex and our customer focus and commitment to quality management has earned us ISO 9001 certification.

Verner Wheelock provides SMETA ethical audits, consultancy services and ethical audit courses throughout the UK and Ireland.  We also specialise in delivering accredited food industry training, including food safety and HACCP courses at all levels.

Our specialist sectors are the food and farming industries, where we have a portfolio of longstanding clients, many of whom are household names, and we expanded in 2018, through the acquisition of Keith Stamp Social Auditing (KSSA).

We have a small team of experienced, qualified auditors and our aim is to ensure that the audit experience is as streamlined and stress-free as possible, undertaking audits with integrity and professionalism, and supporting clients throughout the process.

Excellence in customer service, audit quality and vocational training is our goal.

AIM-PROGRESS - Exhibitor

AIM-PROGRESS is a pre-competitive forum of leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) manufacturers and common suppliers, assembled to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains.

Our 3 key objectives are:

  • Building supply chain capability
  • Effectively assuring compliance
  • Driving continuous improvement

Our mission is to “positively impact people’s lives through our combined leadership of robust responsible sourcing practices throughout our supply chains”

We enable:

  • Annual benchmarking of members’ responsible sourcing programmes
  • Mutual recognition of ethical supplier audits
  • Joint supplier capability training
  • Development and sharing of best practices
  • Guidance on how to move forward on responsible sourcing
  • Keeping abreast of emerging trends and regulatory developments

Control Union - Exhibitor

Control Union is a 100-year-old family-owned services company operating in every region of the world. We are a trusted

partner for buyers and producers seeking to develop, implement, and verify responsible sourcing practices within their supply chains. From our network of 100 local offices in 70 countries, we offer supply chain assessment and verification; product traceability;

supplier capacity building; and materiality and risk analysis.

We are an APSCA member firm and an accredited certification/verification body for such standards as SMETA, Fair Trade USA, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Bonsucro, the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), UTZ, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the Global Recycled Standard (GRS), Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Organic, GlobalGAP, PrimusGFS, and the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.

Clearview - Exhibitor

Clearview is a global social compliance scheme for labour recruiters and providers whose

objective is to drive responsible recruitment practice in supply chains. Clearview certification enables labour providers to demonstrate that they operate responsibly, professionally, legally and ethically in the sourcing and supply of workers.

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership - Exhibitor

The 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 create opportunities for collaborative enquiry and action through our business and policy leaders groups.

Over 25 years, we have developed a leadership network with more than 8,000 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.

Accordia - Exhibitor

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.

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