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Tuesday, November 27

9:00am CET

Snapshot: New insights? Labour governance in the garment industry

Brief description of the presentation:
We provide insights from the Garment Supply Chain Governance Project (www.garmentgov.de), a global coalition of academic researchers, researching the evolution of labour governance in garment value chains since the shocking collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. We present findings based on original survey and interview data from Bangladeshi workers, factory managers and global garment brands and retailers. Our worker survey provides a unique insight into workers’ perceptions of the changes brought by the Accord and Alliance in Bangladesh. We report on improvements perceived by workers, as well as areas where they note little change. Factory managers describe a transformation of safety culture, but also serious concerns regarding the implications of the Accord and Alliance. Finally, we outline the key trends and challenges in the labour governance practices of global brands and retailers identified by our research.

Presentation objectives: 
To report on the impact of post-Rana Plaza changes on Bangladeshi garment workers, factories and global brands.

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Rachel Alexander

Research Officer, London School of Economics and Political Science
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Sarah Ashwin

Professor of Comparative Employment Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
I am a Professor of Employment Relations in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics. My research interests are in Corporate Social Responsibility and International Labour Standards; employment relations; gender, employment and households, as well as employment... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:15am CET

9:15am CET

Snapshot: New insights After Rana-Plaza: Business, Labor, and Global Supply Chains in Bangladesh
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Brief description of the presentation:
April 24, 2013 will be known as the day of the deadliest garment factory accident in history. More than 1,100 people died when an eight story building in Bangladesh, Rana Plaza, collapsed. This tragedy was significant because the horrific and preventable nature of the disaster made global stakeholders realize that it could no longer be “business as usual” for the garment industry. In the aftermath, Western companies invested in two organizations designed to strictly monitor and inspect a portion of Bangladesh’s registered factories.

Presentation objectives :
This presentation will critique the strategies employed over the last five years by Western retailers focused on monitoring and compliance, while neglecting issues around the entire global supply chain, as well as propose solutions to further improve the sector and to prevent horrific tragedies like Rana Plaza from occurring in the future.

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Sanchita Banerjee Saxena

Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena is the Executive Director of the Institute for South Asia Studies (Institute) at UC Berkeley and the Director of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies under the Institute. She is the author of Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2018 9:15am - 9:30am CET

9:30am CET

Snapshot: Human Rights Due Diligence in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Brief description of the presentation:
The right to health, and the underlying access to medicine, is one of the obvious salient human rights in the pharmaceutical sector. However, pharmaceutical companies recognize that there are other salient human rights issues that need to be addressed when considering right-holders across the entire value chain, in their own operations and throughout their supply chains.

Presentation objectives:
This session will provide some insights into the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) and how the member companies are collaborating to define, implement and champion responsible supply chain practices, including the respect for human rights.

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Connie Low

Head Third Party Labor Rights, Novartis

Tuesday November 27, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am CET

9:45am CET

Snapshot: Samsung - Human rights due diligence across the supply chain – Experiences from practice

Brief description of the presentation:
This snapshot presentation will discuss key elements of Samsung Electronics’ continuous journey on human rights due diligence, including practical experiences in aligning its business activities with the UN Guiding Principles.

Presentation objectives:
Samsung Electronics will share selected cases of the implementation of its commitment with regards to human rights due diligence, with examples from our global operations.

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Linda Kromjong

Global Labor & Human Rights Director, Samsung Electronics
Ruwan Subasinghe is the Legal Director of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). He specialises in labour, human rights and international law. Ruwan represents the ITF at external bodies including the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organization for... Read More →

Caleb Lee

VP Corporate Affairs Europe, Samsung Electronics

Tuesday November 27, 2018 9:45am - 10:00am CET

10:30am CET

Snapshot: Human rights due diligence - Challenges and business pathways (case of the project operator)

Brief presentation of the presentation:
Sakhalin Energy will present the main challenges that a large project operator encounters when introducing and implementing human rights standards across supply chain partners, as well as the practical tools from the company’s experience allowing to address these challenges.

Presentation objectives:
The session will focus on thorough bidding process, human rights inclusive contract management, trainings/awareness raising for internal/external stakeholders, tools of contractors’ monitoring and audits.


Valentin Zhovtun

Social Performance Specialist, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.

Tuesday November 27, 2018 10:30am - 10:45am CET

11:00am CET

Snapshot: Human rights due diligence in a large supply chain

Brief description of the presentation:
UPM is committed to sustainable forest management and monitors the origin of wood to ensure it is sustainably and legally sourced. The presentation will describe human rights due diligence process in large supply base covering several sourcing categories, involving more than 25000 suppliers. It will also bring practical examples of risk assessment within chemicals sourcing.

Presentation objectives: 
The presentation will describe UPM's approach in managing human rights risk in supply chain. It will introduce a practical case on chemicals sourcing and elaborate on opportunities for further development.

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Nina Norjama

Director, Social Responsibility, UPM

Tuesday November 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:15am CET

11:15am CET

Snapshot: Human rights due diligence - Building on what works in a global supply chain. An overview of risk assessment

Brief description of the presentation:
Outotec develops leading technologies and services for the sustainable use of Earth’s natural resources in the mining, metal, energy, and chemical industries. The presentation will provide an overview of how to manage the human rights risks in a global supply chain, focusing on the practices and challenges of a globally operating technology company.

Presentation objectives: 
The objective of the presentation is to describe the current practical ways of assessing supply chain risks and related approach adopted at Outotec. This includes finding the key assessment areas and managing the classification, assessment and audit process, and the related challenges.

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Tea Maasalo

Director, Corporate Legal and Corporate Responsibility, Outotec

Tuesday November 27, 2018 11:15am - 11:30am CET

11:30am CET

Snapshot: Human rights due diligence across supply chain starts with due diligence with internal stakeholder groups

Brief description of the presentation:
Neste is an important producer of renewable diesel and a refiner of high-quality oil products that enable customers to reduce their climate emissions. Neste’s approach on human rights due diligence is centered on activities to assess and identify the potential impacts on human rights of our various internal functions and business areas, including those that concerns sourcing. This is followed by actions to increase the preparedness of internal management systems to mitigate human rights risks.

Presentation objectives:
The presentation will shade light on the current activities aimed at, amongst others, improving Neste’s sourcing practices on due diligence that is strengthened with human rights criteria, coupled with capacity building and supplier engagements.

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Yan Peng Ng

Senior Manager, Human Rights, Neste Corporation, Finland
I am interested in everything related to human rights, CSR and sustainable development.

Tuesday November 27, 2018 11:30am - 11:45am CET

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