Sedex Stakeholder Forum 2017

Date: 10th October 2017: 11:00 – 17:00
Venue: Studio Manchester, 51 Lever Street, United Kingdom,  M1 1FN

The Sedex Stakeholder Forum meeting was held on October 10th in Manchester, UK. The forum brought together over 100 suppliers, buyers, auditors and stakeholders to work together and develop effective responsible sourcing solutions.

The meeting in October will demonstrate the SSF’s new approach as Sedex look to engage a more global audience to help develop and review effective responsible sourcing solutions. The SSF wants to be seen as inclusive, global and interactive. We will be looking at the journey of the forum – where it has come from and where it heads to in the future. The working groups will present their progress from the last meeting and work stream proposals for the upcoming months through to the Sedex Conference in March. Following this there will be opportunity to feedback on the working group progress and contribute to other key discussion topics such as a review of the implementation of SMETA 6.0.

The Agenda

The agenda for the SSF meeting in October reflects and provides support for the key objectives and outputs Sedex are looking to achieve through the forum. There are various sessions happening throughout the day and can be found listed below with their objectives:

Arrival and Registration 11:00 

Arrival at the Studio Manchester. Tea/Coffee to be served with pastries and muffins.

A Welcome from the SSF team 11:30-11.40

A welcome from the SSF Chair, overview of the evolution of the forum/vision for the future and updates from industry initiatives.

A Sedex Update 11:40-11:50

Developments across Sedex and a preview of announcements from CEO, Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman.

Update from Industry Initiatives 11:50-12:00

Update from APSCA industry initiative.

Overview of the Evolution of the Forum and vision for the Future 12:00-12.15 

Updates from SSF Chair, David Lawrence and Aisha Aswani (Co-op)

Lunch  12:15-13:15

Chef’s choice of a two course hot and cold standing buffet lunch with fruit juices (lunch menu includes options for vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free diets)

Presentation on morning groups 13.15-13.30

Presentation on Auditor Network Group. 

Workgroup Outputs 13.30-14.00

An overview of the outputs from the working groups.

Working Groups Presentations 14:00-15.15

Each working group leader will present their progress since the last meeting.

Afternoon Break 15.15-15.30

Tea, coffee and biscuits to be provided.

Key Discussions and Feedback  15:30-17:00

Discussion themes around the review of the SMETA 6.0 implementation.

Closing Remarks 17.00-17.30

A summary of the day’s key talking points.

Drinks and Networking  17:00-19:00

Drinks will be provided in the venue to offer the opportunity for attendees to network.

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