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Responsible supply chains:
From Reactive to Pro-active
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Date: Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Location: Sydney

Course Overview:
Date: 23 May
Time: 14:00 – 16:30
Venue: Room 8.02 - UTS Business School, Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - 14 Ultimo Road, Ultimo NSW 2007

Kindly hosted by CSR Asia’s partner – UTS Business School, Centre for Business and Social Innovation (CBSI), ELEVATE & CSR Asia will be delivering an invite-only discussion and dialogue on Responsible Supply Chains: From Reactive to Proactive.

This session will cover the top trends in responsible supply chain programmes, going beyond-audit/compliance models to look at other practical measures (worker engagement and grievance mechanisms) for responsible and ethical supply chains.

CSR Asia has also invited Baptist World Aid Australia to present a brief overview on Australia’s modern slavery inquiry and to share sector trends based on their Behind the Barcode project - Ethical Fashion 2017 report & 2016 Electronics Guide.

To RSVP or for more details on the event, please contact Mabel Wong, CSR Asia (





2 – 2.10pm


UTS Business School, Centre for Business and Social Innovation and CSRA-ELEVATE

2.10 – 2.30pm

Top Trends and Innovations in Responsible Supply Chains
Highlights from CSR Asia’s annual research, Tracking the trends – top sustainability issues in the region, with a focus on supply chain in Asia

2017 Top 10 Trends in responsible supply chain programmes

Mabel Wong, Executive Director, CSR Asia

Kevin Franklin, Senior Vice President, ELEVATE

2.30 – 3pm

Landscape in Australia
Brief overview on Australia’s modern slavery inquiry
Sector focus: Sharing by Baptist World Aid Australia on their Behind the Barcode project - Ethical Fashion 2017 report & 2016 Electronics Guide

Claire Cremen, Advocacy Campaigns Coordinator, Baptist World Aid Australia

3– 3.15pm

Coffee/networking break


3.15 – 4.15pm

Supply chain solutions – Shifting the paradigm, from Reactive to Proactive
Mind the gap: Grass roots 'brokering' to improve labour standards in global supply chains (UTS Business School CBSI research – Vietnamese migrant labour)

Driving change through worker engagement - Grievance mechanisms

Prof. Emmanuel Josserand, Director, CBSI UTS Business School

Kevin Franklin, ELEVATE

4.15 – 4.30pm

Thank you and closing

Prof. Emmanuel Josserand, CBSI UTS Business School

Speaker profiles

Dr. Kevin Franklin - Senior Vice President, ELEVATE

Kevin is responsible for new product development and emerging markets. He has 20 years experience advising business on global risks, analytics and management systems. This includes extensive senior level engagement with many of the world’s largest companies on corporate strategy, sustainability, metrics-driven risk management and award-winning integrated reporting. Prior to ELEVATE, Kevin was the Chief Operating Officer of Verisk Maplecroft where he also oversaw the supply chain management practice. This included work on supply chain strategy, organisational resilience, responsible sourcing, human rights due diligence and compliance across a range of sectors including consumer goods, manufacturing, electronics and extractives. Kevin has a Masters degree in Policy and Planning, and a PhD from Warwick Business School with a focus on systems theory, collaborative decision-making, and the role of data / analytics in performance management. He is an experienced auditor and has authored numerous reports / delivered key note sessions at numerous high-level international fora.

Claire Cremen - Advocacy Campaigns Coordinator, Baptist World Aid Australia

Claire Cremen researches the efforts of fashion and electronics companies to address the risk of worker exploitation in their supply chains for Baptist World Aid Australia. She is a co-author of the Ethical Fashion Report and Electronics Industry Trends reports that Baptist World Aid has been publishing for the past four years.

Prof. Emmanuel Josserand - Director, CBSI UTS Business School

Emmanuel is a Professor of Management at UTS and Director of CMOS. His research focuses on intra- and inter-organizational networks, including the supply chain. He is currently working on negotiation within supply networks, including techniques such as online reverse auctions and their impact on trust and quality in the supplier-buyer relationship. He also has an ongoing project on human trafficking in global supply networks in Asia, with a focus on Vietnamese workers. His writings and research have been published in numerous books as well as peer reviewed journals.

Emmanuel was formerly a Professor at University of Geneva where he served as the Head of the Steering Committee for the PhD in Management, the Director, Executive MBA and the Delegate of the Rectorate for e-learning. In addition to his academic work, he is the Scientific advisor of Self-leadership Lab, a collaborative venture with University of Geneva that specializes in innovative development method for managers. He was also formerly partner of a boutique consulting firm in Paris and Associate Professor at University Paris-Dauphine.

Mabel Wong - Executive Director, CSR Asia

Mabel is Executive Director of CSR Asia. In her last eight years with CSR Asia, Mabel has engaged with and advised various multinational and local companies. Clients have included Accor hospitality group, adidas, Citi, City Developments Limited, Credit Suisse, Prudence Foundation and UNICEF with projects including advisory on sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement, social impact assessment, corporate community investment and sustainable supply chains. She is also an experienced trainer and facilitator, and contributes to research that aims to build capacity on sustainable business practices in Asia.

Mabel leads on CSR Asia’s initiatives in Australia, supporting Australian companies with their sustainability practices in Asia, she is also responsible for CSR Asia’s Community Investment Round Table (CIRT) – a member-based regional network of corporate community investment practitioners. The CIRT envisions companies in Asia to play a key role in creating positive change for communities and plays an active role to share best practices in corporate community investment.

Mabel holds a BA (Political Science and Psychology) and a Masters in Public Administration (Policy, Public and Non-Profit Program) from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University.

About the organisations

CSR Asia, an ELEVATE company, is a mission-driven business creating value for clients and partners in Asia by supporting responsible, inclusive and sustainable business. Our services include sustainability strategy and reporting, and development and community investment. We deliver value through our advisory, networks, events and intelligence. CSR Asia has 6 offices globally and staff members have multidisciplinary expertise across sectors and in local markets. Committed to creating positive change, CSR Asia provides access to a knowledge bank of accessible reports and articles as well as events, forums and training.

ELEVATE is a leading professional services firm delivering improved social, environmental and business performance in the global supply chain, conducting over 12,000 audits a year. Serving many Global 500 companies – with expertise in the apparel, agriculture, electronics and toys industries, ELEVATE’s over 300 employees work out of 40 countries, including dedicated offices in China and Hong Kong, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, USA, UK, Turkey, Germany and Mexico. Going beyond audits, ELEVATE is leading the industry beyond the paradigm of reactive social and environmental compliance to a more predictive beyond-audit landscape – bringing practical solutions to future proof supply chains.

UTS Business School Centre for Business and Social Innovation brings together a cross-discipline team of researchers at UTS to take a holistic perspective on innovation, integrating the technical, the economic and the social. It will operate as a hub where researchers from UTS Business School engage with members of other faculties to conduct innovative research on: The Future of Business in Society; The Future of Work, Organising and the Corporation; The Future of Innovation and Innovative systems.

Baptist World Aid Australia’s work focuses on empowering communities to lift themselves out of poverty, challenge injustice and build resilience. Each year, Baptist World Aid publishes a series of industry reports through its Behind the Barcode project. The Ethical Fashion Report and the Electronics Industry Trends Report seek to help Australians shop ethically, and, by doing so, advocate with their wallets. Between them, the two reports assess more than 400 brands operating in Australia and around the world. The reports grade those brands on the strength of the systems they have in place to protect workers in their supply chain from exploitation, forced labour and child labour.

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