Schedule: Top issues being addressed in 2015

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10th November 2015: DAY 1

9:00 - 10:00 Plenary Session

Business strategy and supply chain sustainability

Historically, for many manufacturers sustainability work has started from “greening” supply chains. Due to this supply chain activities have mostly been interconnected with the business strategy, and often seen through the risk lens. Today priorities have evolved towards creating supply chain opportunities, as it poses lucrative and long lasting business.

In the opening keynote session you will learn about rationale behind and the ways to:

  • Integrate supply chain sustainability into corporate strategy and decision making
  • Evaluate risks and opportunities in global commodity supply chains
  • Leverage opportunities in response to resource scarcity and climate change
  • Shift away from unsustainable raw materials and diversify your supplier base with sustainable stock
Eastman Chemical Company
Chief Sustainability Officer
Godefroy Motte
Director Supplier Sustainability
Marcel Jacobs
10:00 - 11:00 Plenary Session

How to deliver quantifiable results from supply chain programmes

To get your supply chain strategy rights isn’t an easy task, especially when it comes to putting it in numbers. Many say if you can’t measure it you can’t do it. You will learn how through monitoring, verification and reporting of project results, the value of project budgets is assured and supply chain resilience is created. This session is aimed to help you to:

  • Get materiality right: Analyse supply chain issues relevant to your business in a comprehensive way
  • Learn from case studies of results-based climate finance projects that create long term sustainable impacts and resilience in the supply chain and how they can be measured
  • Discover food and beverage company approach to collaboration with a network of partners in Kenya to use carbon finance to enhance livelihoods in addition to meeting its carbon emission reduction goals
  • Develop material and holistic KPIs to assess your supply chain performance and impacts - both for suppliers and your own operations
The Carbon Neutral Company
CarbonNeutral from Natural Capital Partners
Managing Director Europe
Simon Brown
Woolworths Holdings Limited
Woolworths Holdings Limited
Sustainability Analyst
Makhegu Amelia Mabunda

11:00 - 11:30 Morning Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:15 Practical Session

Case study on lifecycle assessment: Enable a low carbon economy

In this session you will get unique insights into contextualising lifecycle analysis to business. You will learn about what it takes to:

  • Understand the lifespan of your products and services from suppliers to consumers
  • Develop an efficient strategy to assess environmental footprint of products by O2 Eco-rating program
  • Rethink the product and services your company provides to fit them in the future
  • Enable the change:
  • Learn how to engage your consumers and other key stakeholders to make the low carbon economy a reality
Head of Global Environmental Sustainability
Matt Wilson
TelefĂłnica UK
Environment and Corporate Responsibility Manager
Hannah Greenaway
CSR Manager
Nicole Schaffroth
The Sustainability Consortium
Chief Operating Officer
Euan Murray
12:15 - 13:15 Practical Session

Beyond audits - build trust and long term relationships with your suppliers

How to make certification and auditing really work for long term business success. Different companies tend to have a variety of ways to engage their suppliers to open up long-term dialogue. This session will cover issues that can be a struggle for supply chain practitioners such as;

  • How certification can become a real business asset rather than being seen as a burden
  • Supplier support: Working together to improve supply chain resilience while benefitting people, communities and the local environment
  • Scale up: Share the innovative ways of working with suppliers on small scale projects
Neal's Yard Remedies
Neal's Yard Remedies
Interim Managing Director
Susan Curtis
Impact and Innovation
Bibi Bleekemolen
Matrix APA
Managing Director
Charlie Bradshow
Chemonics International
Senior Vice President
Melissa Logan
Gran Colombia Gold
Gran Colombia Gold
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Jose Ignacio Noguera
Chief Executive Officer
Matthew de Villiers



13:15 - 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 - 15:30 Round Table Sessions (running concurrently)

Internal engagement 2.0

Ethical Corporation’s recent survey found that only 19% of sustainability and supply chain practitioners feel that sustainability is embedded throughout their supply chain and sourcing departments.

In this session you will learn how to engage procurement and sourcing departments into your sustainability work. The session will help you to:

  • Develop a holistic approach to assessing suppliers for social and environmental risks
  • Embed ethical and responsible sourcing practices into sourcing and procurement departments’ daily activities
  • Develop schemes and programs that incentive responsible sourcing practice
Co-Founder and Co-President
Pierre-François Thaler
Centrica Plc
Supply Chain Risk Manager
Siwan Kalatzi

R&D and product innovation

This practical round table session will help you to find the ways to innovate at the research and development stage.

You will hear from a Danish company whose business model is based on the sustainable Cradle to Cradle ® (C2C) design concept. The concept means using materials that create added value for the environment, society and business. The company is currently 92% silver certified with the goal to become a C2C business by 2020. Join the discussion on how to:

  • Eliminate dependency on unsustainable raw materials and diversify your supply
  • Waste management: Find buyers and sellers from different industries to minimise environmental impacts
  • Innovative collaboration with your suppliers and customers to improve social features of your products
Head of Marketing and Communications
Tina Snedker Kristensen
Carbon Trust
Associate Director
Aleyn Smith-Gillespie

15:30 - 16:30 Sustainable agriculture for increased business resilience

It’s widely recognised that sustainable agriculture plays an enormous role in improving environmental and social performance of global supply chains. In this session you will learn about:

  • Meaningful programs Molson Coors are developing on the ground that serve corporate needs and leave a long lasting positive effect on the communities and the environment
  • Unique insights by a perfume and flavour business Firmenich about its approaches in Latin America
  • Available cost-efficient tools to reduce impact on a farm level
  • How to help smallholder farmers grow with better yields and less resources
  • Engaging the wider business in the importance of the wider supply chain
Head of Corporate Responsibility
Debbie Read
Naturals sustainability project leader LATAM
Andre Tabanez

Smart way of managing data in a holistic and cost efficient way

This session will help you to identify the best approaches to aggregate information about your suppliers in a comprehensive way ensuring both sides are benefitting.

The session is open forum participation, where everyone is asked to share their opinions and expertise, so cross learning is guaranteed!

  • Find the areas of improvements in your own existing approaches
  • Translate data into informed business decisions to improve business processes

16:30 - 17:00 Afternoon Coffee Break

17:00 - 17:45 Practical Session

Ethical trade in action and improved labour conditions

This session will help you to understand how ethical trade principles can benefit your business and how they can be integrated into your sourcing strategy. Drawing from various examples of Ethical Trading Initiative’s members you will discover ways to:

  • Align international labour standards with socio and cultural background of your supplier regions
  • Translate Human Rights programs to fit your business
  • Map out areas of your business prone to human trafficking and child labour, so you can develop a plan to address the issues before the regulators come in play
Ethical Trading Initiative
Ethical Trading Initiative
Head of Programmes
Debbie Coulter
Corporate Responsibility Manager
Meera Pau Mehta

17:45 ONWARDS - Evening Drinks Reception


11th November 2015: DAY 2

9:00 - 9:15 LIVE POLLING
9:15 - 9:45 Plenary Session

How to get supplier code of conduct and responsible sourcing guidelines right

The keynote session continues our conversation on bridging value chain sustainability and business strategy. This session provides a practical perspective on how to put your corporate supply chain strategy into sourcing guidelines and develop supplier code of conduct that fits your criteria. You will learn about:

  • How to get the materiality right: Develop a holistic responsible sourcing strategy that takes into account risks and opportunities material to your business and supports business growth
  • Supplier Support Visits to understand your partners better and identify the areas of improvements
  • Why supplier selection and supplier relationship maintenance are core business to every purchasing director
Director of Procurement
Dick Bartelse
9:45 - 10:45 Plenary Session

Circular economy: What’s in it for me and how to achieve it?

In this session we will showcase practical examples of how circular economy is being integrated in business and what benefits it brings in the space of value chain management. You’ll learn about

  • How to turn your value chain weaknesses into opportunities with the help product circularity
  • Ways to spot the opportunities in the supply chain and establish industry partnerships to achieve greater resource efficiency
  • Scaling up innovative projects to the corporate level to make innovation business as usual
Director Corporate Procurement
Rainer Veith
BAM Construct UK
BAM Construct UK
Director of Sustainability
Nitesh Magdani
Sustainable Materials Adviser
Andrea Charlson

10:45 - 11:15 Morning Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15 Practical Session

Create shared value - how to generate change beyond your own supply chain

One of the great examples of industry collaboration to foster wider industry change is Supply Chain Sustainability School. It is an initiative developed by a group of construction and developing companies aimed on reducing environmental and social impacts and achieve greater resource efficiency. In this session you will have an opportunity to hear from the chair of the initiative about:

  • What it takes to make an industry collaboration a reality, going through the challenges and solutions
  • Brainstorm together with your fellow participants and find areas of potential collaboration
Senior Manager, Community Engagement
Atlanta McIlwraith
Supply Chain Sustainability School
Supply Chain Sustainability School
Shaun McArthy OBE
Head of Sustainability
Colin Braidwood
MD, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility
John Edelman
12:15 - 13:15 Practical Session

Customers and consumer engagement

The session will explore the interrelations between your business, your customers, and consumers. Whether you are a B2C or a B2B this session will provide ideas and methods for you to take back to your office.

  • As a B2C company - learn how to engage your consumers to minimise your environmental footprint and create positive social impacts
  • As a B2B company - discover how to leverage sustainability to drive your business forward and win new customers
Vice President - Safety Environment & Sustainability
David Clark
Olam International
Olam International
Head - Corporate & Sustainable Communications
Briony Mathieson

TĂĽrk Telekom Group
TĂĽrk Telekom Group
Sr. Director Corporate Communications
Kemal Kaptaner

13:15 - 14:15 Lunch Break

Round Table Sessions (running concurrently)

Put a magnifying glass over the top issues affecting your global supply chains

The series of round tables will allow you to drill down into a topic that has a high impact on your value chain.

Enjoy in-depth conversations with your peers that are led by an industry leader. Please note that the round table sessions will take place simultaneously, so make your choices wisely!

14:15 - 15:15 Sustainable cocoa

Director Cocoa Sustainability
Taco Terheijden

Sustainable cotton

Chief Executive Officer
Alison Ward

16:00 - Conference Ends


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  • Carbon Trust
  • EcoVadis
  • Greenstone
  • IOSH
  • cr360

Media Partners

  • 3PL News
  • SC-Media

Got a question? Get in touch below!

Krina Amin

Krina Amin

Head of Strategy Europe
Ethical Corporation