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Day 1: November 4

Plenary Session: The Journey of Responsible Sourcing

8:30 – 9:45 am

Responsible sourcing and supply chain sustainability have exploded in recent years, and the global business landscape is more focused on delivering its sustainability goals than ever before. But with 2020 approaching fast and plenty of work left to do, it’s now critical that businesses put their plans into practice.


Join Alex Gershenson, CEO of SupplyShift, and Euan Murray, CEO of The Sustainability Consortium as they frame the discussion at the Summit on Responsible Supply Chains.  Learn where responsible sourcing came from, what businesses have been doing to drive progress, and where the function is headed in the future.



Alex Gershenson, CEO & Co-founder, SupplyShift

Euan Murray, CEO, The Sustainability Consortium


Panel: Responsible Supply Chain Maturity Models

10:15 – 11:00 am

Getting started on your responsible supply chain program can be a massive challenge for businesses. How do you know where to start? What makes the most sense for your team and the limited resources you have?  What does it mean to have a “mature” responsible sourcing program? Hear how leading companies and data providers have developed their supplier sustainability models. Learn how they got started, assigned priority, targeted hot spots, and ultimately built programs that help them address the unique issues in their supply chains.



Nathalie Craik, Ethical Compliance Manager, LUSH

Sam Haynes, Head of Risk Analytics, Verisk Maplecroft

Chris Lyon, Manager of Community & Environmental Impact, Seventh Generation


Panel: Measuring and Reducing Climate Impact in Supply Chains 

11:00 – 11:45 am

Pressure is rising for businesses to measure and reduce their impact on our climate, and as a result, more and more businesses are setting climate-related targets. A business’s biggest opportunity to reduce emissions can be found in the supply chain, and in order to take advantage of that opportunity, businesses need intelligent ways to engage suppliers on emissions at every level of the supply chain. Hear from two leading firms in the emissions reduction space on how to prioritize, engage, understand, and reduce your climate impact within the supply chain.



George Hodge, Director, Strategic Engagement and Corporate Partnerships, North America, CDP

Michael Malara, Business Development & Account Manager, South Pole


Panel: Beyond Compliance – Building an Effective Social Responsibility Program

11:45 – 12:30 pm

Supplier contracts, codes of conduct, and certifications may help limit your company’s liability, but they do little to ensure your supply chain is free from modern slavery and other human rights violations. At the same time, no company has the resources to support ongoing audits at every supplier facility. What’s the right balance? How can you maximize the impact of your social responsibility efforts without drowning in data? Hear from a panel of experts as they talk through the approaches they use to target the entire lifecycle of supply chain labor assessment, from high-level risk filtering to smart facility audits and worker voice programs.



David Camp, Managing Director, Fast Forward

Arisa Goldstone, Director of Business Development, Ulula

Jen Cole, Project Director, FishWise


Panel: How to Sell Supply Chain Sustainability Internally

1:30 – 2:15pm

Sustainability is becoming more widely accepted as a core principle of global business, but supply chain and sustainability professionals often struggle to get buy-in from the rest of their company. How can you communicate the value of supply chain sustainability to bring leadership and other internal stakeholders on board? How can you demonstrate alignment between your goals and the broader goals of the business? Join us to hear how General Mills and Flex have tackled this issue at their companies.



Bruce Klafter, VP of Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility, Flex

Sara Allen, Sustainability Analyst, General Mills

Panel: Driving Impact in Smallholder Communities

2:15 – 3:00pm

It’s not uncommon for sustainability programs to prioritize on environmental issues, but social factors within the supply chain are critical to any comprehensive program.  How can companies ensure the communities they do business with are given the tools they need to advocate for themselves and their business, produce more sustainably, and create a more ethical work environment? Hear how Philz Coffee and Sustainable Growers use data to help their smallholder communities thrive through targeted training and financing. 



Andi Trindle Mersch, Director of Coffee and Sustainability, Philz Coffee

Ruth Coleman, Executive Director, Sustainable Growers

Richard Nuwagaba, M&E Technology Manager, Sustainable Growers

Panel: Cross-Functional Responsible Sourcing

4:00 – 5:00pm

Global companies are working diligently to meet their corporate social responsibility commitments, and sustainability teams have been hard at work collecting data to back them up. But despite the progress toward initiatives, other business functions continue to make decisions without access to sustainability data, which diminishes the broader impact sustainability efforts can have. Hear from leaders in Procurement, Marketing, and Sustainability on how their roles interact with responsible sourcing, and how supply chain data can be leveraged throughout a business to increase effectiveness, prove purpose, and drive profit.



Sustainability – Getting the Right Data: Holger Pokrandt, Senior Program Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Technology, Walmart

Procurement – Using Sustainability in Procurement Decisions: Steven Wuerth, Associate Procurement Director, Gilead Sciences

Marketing – Differentiation & Brand Protection: Annie Longsworth, Executive Managing Director, Social Impact and Sustainability, RF | Binder

Day 2: November 5

Plenary Session: The Evolution of Supply Chain Sustainability

8:30 – 9:00am

Procurement has historically been tactical and wholly focused on cost savings. Now, as supply chain sustainability enters its third decade, procurement is quickly being elevated into a driving force of sustainability and transparency. Hear the story of how procurement has evolved from a purely tactical operation to becoming one of the most influential and transformative functions in corporate sustainability.


Tara Norton, Managing Director, BSR


Plenary Session: The Role of Industry Groups in Sustainability

9:00 – 9:20am

As the sustainability world becomes more specialized in its ability to help address unique supply chain issues, many industry groups have formed to create a community of businesses working toward the same goal. These groups tend to focus on specific topics or commodities, and commonly offer frameworks to help businesses make sure they’re keeping track of the right metrics. As the landscape of industry groups continues to grow, it’s important to know why they are a key aspect of responsible sourcing. Join Jamie Barsimantov, COO of SupplyShift, as he discusses the role industry groups play in the broader sustainability conversation.


Jamie Barsimantov, Chief Operating Officer, SupplyShift


Special Announcement – SupplyShift

9:20 – 9:40am


Panel: Assessment Selection – Standardizing for Scale

10:10 – 11:00am

If you’ve ever set out on a supply chain assessment process, you know one of the first questions you need to answer is: what am I going to ask my suppliers? Do you create an assessment that’s unique to your business? Or do you leverage the expertise of consultants and industry groups to help you figure out what’s best? It’s likely that businesses will always need to ask certain questions that are unique to their circumstances, but as a rule of thumb, standardization equals scale – for you, for your suppliers, and for your industry at large.

Hear from three leading organizations about how they are moving the standardization process forward in their respective sectors.


Christopher Cooke, Senior Director, The Sustainability Consortium

Alison Edwards, Director, Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops

Rachel Baker, Member Manager, Earthworm Foundation

Leah Samberg, Staff Scientist, Global Programs, Rainforest Alliance


The Supplier Sustainability Journey

12:30 – 1:00pm

Suppliers are at the forefront of the push for supply chain responsibility. As more and more companies get serious about their supply chains, suppliers can quickly find themselves buried by different information requests from their customers. How can suppliers strike a balance between fulfilling customer requests and achieving their own sustainability initiatives? How can buyers and suppliers collaborate to efficiently share data and drive sustainability progress forward? Hear the supplier perspective on supply chain responsibility.



Ellen Cobb, International Paper

Charles Hoch, International Paper


SupplyShift Workshops

1:00 – 5:00pm

Attendees are invited to join a rotating series of workshops, roadmap presentations, and feedback sessions. Join the SupplyShift team to explore best practices on the platform and learn the direction SupplyShift is headed over the next year.

Here some of the workshops that will be available to choose from:

  • Best Practices for Improving Response Rates
  • How Do I Help My Suppliers Improve?
  • The Next Frontier – Bringing Supply Chain Responsibility Information to the Consumer
  • Creating Value Across the Business – Getting Other Teams on Supply Chain Responsibility Systems
  • Supplier vs. Product, Single Tier vs. Multi-tier – What’s Right for Me?
  • What to Ask, What to Integrate? How to Leverage Existing Data Feeds


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Registration closes on October 30th, 2019.

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