PROGRAMME

We regret to inform you that due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the public health risks it poses, the Unleash Opportunity Conference meant to be held in Cologne on 9 and 10 June will not take place. We are taking this unfortunate set of circumstances as a chance to explore ways to deliver elements of the Unleash Opportunity programme digitally. 

Below you will find a series of informative webinars on topic such as sustainable trade, responsible recruitment and gender equality. 

Talks With Purpose – 1
2020-05-28
Talks With Purpose – 2
2020-06-25
Talks With Purpose – 3
2020-08-27
Talks With Purpose – 4
2020-09-24
Talks With Purpose – 5
2020-10-29
10:00 - 11:00
EU regulatory landscape on transparency : business challenge or opportunity?

Being transparent is a way for companies to build trust with their stakeholders and is an important process in the journey towards increased sustainability. Increased pressure from consumers, NGOs and governments are pushing more and more companies to disclose information about the environmental and social impacts of their supply chains.

In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the EU Regulatory landscape related to Supply Chain Transparency and hear from experts on how this landscape is evolving. Our speakers will provide practical advice on how companies can be better equipped to comply with the regulations and benefit from increased transparency in the process.

Agenda:

10:00 – 10:05Introduction of the webinar

Raquel Motta – Food Sustainability Expert, Strategy & Innovation 

10:05 – 10:10amfori work on Transparency

Jean-Marie Coant – Environmental Sustainability Senior Expert, Strategy & Innovation

10:10 – 10:20Timeline of EU regulations on transparency

Mitsuru Suzuki – Social and Environmental Policy Advisor, Government & Public Affairs 

10:20 – 10:35The evolution of the Non-financial Reporting directive

Rogier Wezenbeek- European Commission – DG FISMA

10:35 – 10:50amfori member sharing their experience on Sustainability Reporting

Leon Mol -Director Product Safety and Social Compliance, Ahold Delhaize

10:50 – 11:00Questions & Answers – closing of the webinar

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Raquel de Paiva Seroa da Motta
Food Sustainability Expert, Strategy & Innovation
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Mitsuru Suzuki
Social and Environmental Policy Advisor, Government & Public Affairs
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Jean-Marie Coant
Environmental Sustainability Senior Expert, Strategy & Innovation
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Dr Leon Mol
Director Product Safety & Social Compliance, Ahold Delhaize
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Rogier Wezenbeek
European Comission, DG FISMA
11:15 - 12:15
Hidden and Vulnerable: Promoting Decent Working Conditions for Home-Based Workers

In regions such as South Asia, home-based workers are a significant part of the workforce in labour-intensive sectors. They generally work in the informal sector and most are women. They represent one of the most vulnerable groups of workers in the supply chain.

This session will outline the specific challenges of suppliers who manage home-based workers. We will discuss how businesses can work with suppliers and civil society to help protect the rights of home-based workers. The sessions will include case studies from amfori members and partners.

Agenda :

11:15 – 11:30Understanding the needs and specific challenges related to HBW

Shahnaz Rafique – National Coordinator, All India Unorganized Workers Congress

11:30 – 11:45Mapping and Identifying HBW in the supply chain

Lucy Brill – Director, Homeworkers Worldwide 

11:45 – 12:00Enabling Producers to manage HBW

Jean Ellen Johnson – GoodWeave, Director, Apparels and Accessories

12:00 – 12:15Q&A

Moderated by Natasha Majumdar – amfori Network Representative India

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Jean Johnson
GoodWeave, Director, Apparels and Accessories
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Shahnaz Rafique
National Coordinator, All India Unorganised Workers Congress
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Lucy Brill
Director, Homeworkers Worldwide
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Natasha Majumdar
Network Representative India at amfori
10:00 - 11:00
How to Conduct Solid Wood Due Diligence in Timber Value Chains

In February 2020, amfori launched its Timber Due Diligence tool. This new BEPI service allows companies to carry out due diligence and demonstrate compliance with the EU Timber Regulation. As well as presenting the amfori tool, this session will thoroughly examine efficient due diligence in the timber sector.

The session will give value-chain operators the chance to exchange information on due diligence. What are the roadblocks? What are the solutions and best practices?

Agenda:

10:00-10:05Introduction & Housekeeping rules

Kathy Roussel – Policy and Government Affairs Manager – amfori

10:05-10:15EUTR – now and after

Florence Sarrazin – Environmental Policy Advisor – amfori

10:15-10:30Timber Due Diligence (TDD) Building Blocks & Solutions

Sarah Hickman – Deputy Director – NEPCon Solutions

10:30-10:40 Presentation of amfori TDD tool

Eric Gavier – Environmental & Chemical Programme Lead –   amfori

10:40 -10:50 Member’s good practices sharing

Oscar de Frias Marin – CSR Manager-APAC, El Corte Ingles

10:50-11:00Q&A and wrap up

Kathy Roussel – Policy and Government Affairs Manager – amfori

 

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Eric Gravier
Environmental & Chemical Programme Lead, amfori
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Florence Sarrazin
Environmental Policy Advisor, amfori
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Kathy Roussel
Manager, Policy and Government Affairs, amfori
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Oscar de Frias Marin
CSR Manager-APAC, El Corte Ingles
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Sarah Hickman
Deputy Director, NEPCon Solutions
11:15 - 12:30
Women’s Empowerment: From the C-Suite to the Factory Floor – Challenges and Opportunities

amfori has signed the UN Women/UNGC Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and is partnering with UN Women and BSR to advance the uptake and implementation of the WEPs by businesses. We are reconfirming our commitment to supporting businesses to champion women’s empowerment in global supply chains and call upon our members to follow suit. These principles aim for comprehensive women’s empowerment in all areas: corporate leadership, the workplace, education and training, supply chains and the community.

While sourcing countries have been a key area for progress on female workers’ empowerment, there is a need to make sure that a “gender lens” is applied consistently, at headquarters, and throughout the supply chain. This session will present challenges encountered and lessons learned through the WEPs. We will explore how amfori and its members can advance women’s empowerment and support female workers at all levels. Finally, speakers will address the question of how businesses and policy-makers can integrate a gender-lens in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agenda:

11:15-11:25Introduction & amfori’s Renewed Gender Strategy ‘Enterprise for Equal’

Franzis Wimmer – Senior Coordinator Stakeholder Engagement – amfori

11:25-11:40The Business Case for Gender Equality and the Women’s Empowerment Principles – A framework for business to promote women’s empowerment

Katja Freiwald – Regional Head for WeEmpower Asia – UN Women

11:40-11:55Empowering Women to Accelerate Inclusive COVID 19 Recovery

Annelise Thim – Manager, Women’s Empowerment – BSR

11:55-12:05Lessons from a WEP signatory

Dr Ir Leon Mol, Director Product Safety & Social Compliance, Ahold Delhaize GSO B.V.

12:05 -12:15How can businesses sign and activate the WEPs?

Guggi Laryea – Senior Manager Stakeholder Engagement – amforiKatja Freiwald – Regional Head for WeEmpowerAsia – UN Women

12:15-12:25Q&A
12:25-12:30Way forward and closing remarks

Guggi Laryea – Senior Manager Stakeholder Engagement – amfori

 

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Annelise Thim
Manager, Women's Empowerment, BSR
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Franzis Wimmer
Senior Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator at amfori
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Guggi Laryea
Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships Senior Manager, amfori
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Katja Freiwald
Regional Programme Manager, WeEmpowerAsia
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Dr Leon Mol
Director Product Safety & Social Compliance, Ahold Delhaize
10:00 - 11:00
Sourcing Responsibly in an Evolving Landscape

Modern sourcing best practices have been evolving from responsibility to sustainability-focused. The conventional, buyer-driven “compliance approach” has been changing. Emerging governmental requirements in supply chain risk due diligence have shaped new definitions of sustainable sourcing and production. Supply chain actors in sourcing countries have been taking a more proactive role in driving sustainable trade.

This session will look into the trends, challenges and opportunities of strategic sourcing planning. We’ll investigate how businesses can balance maintaining mature sourcing markets with exploring new regions or sectors with high risks. Insightful business case studies from APAC will be shared.

11:15 - 12:15
Lessons Learned from Existing Responsible Business Conduct Due Diligence Laws: What Is Working and What Is Not?

France’s Duty of Vigilance Law was the first national legislation in the EU that created an obligation for large companies to formulate, publish and enforce an adequate and effectively implemented plan to ensure the respect of human rights and the environmental protection in their supply chains.

A study published by the Commission in February seems to suggest that any upcoming legislation will be based on the French model. What challenges would Member States and their businesses encounter if a similar law were to be applied throughout the EU? What would an effective, workable and pragmatic EU-wide legislation look like? This panel discussion aims to investigate the aftermaths of the French legislation from the point of view of different stakeholders.

 

10:00 - 11:00
Responsible Recruitment and Production

Responsible recruitment is a key component of amfori’s social compliance work. We offer a dedicated module on this subject on amfori BSCI under the scope of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 8, 12 and 17. Responsible recruitment is not only for the protection of workers’ rights but also to ensure that practices are carried out ethically throughout all supply chains. This includes the protection of vulnerable migrant workers, workforce integration and the possibility of remediation.

This session will be an opportunity to discuss the latest and upcoming trends affecting migration patterns. Companies need to take migration patterns into account to ensure that vulnerable migrants are not exploited. This is best done by working collaboratively with local bodies, agencies and NGOs. The session will also reflect on remediation mechanisms and how to continuously improve them.

11:15 - 12:15
From Farm to Fork: Transparency Recipes from the Food Sector

Transparency in the food production and distribution chain is of paramount importance. This is not only for health and safety reasons but also in response to a growing demand for information from consumers.

Drawing on the experiences of amfori BSCI users, this session will discuss ways of addressing transparency in the food sector and how these could inspire other sectors.

10:00 - 11:00
Trade Preferences With Purpose

Free trade does not mean a free-for-all. To get preferential duty levels when trading with the EU, third countries need to agree to certain conditions. Owing to these conditions, sustainable development requirements are embedded into free trade agreements and commitments to core ILO conventions and UN declarations are part of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP).

These instruments can generate extra income for third countries and can raise those countries out of poverty. At the same time, they improve social and environmental performance. This session is an excellent opportunity to learn more about amfori Advocacy’s work and participate in a discussion on socially conscious trade preferences.

11:15 - 12:15
Is Sustainable Fashion a Contradiction in Terms: What Can Businesses Practically Do to Make a Real Difference?

Over the last few years, the fashion industry has come under increasing scrutiny for its climate impact. Recognising the importance of the issue for our members in the textile and garment sector, at the end of 2019 amfori signed the UNFCCC Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. We aim to engage with like-minded businesses and organisations and influence the global policy landscape. As part of this push, we are strengthening our communication around the key assets offered by our BEPI platform: training, consultancy service, and a carbon calculator.

This session will offer an overview of the current situation, then discuss new strategies for the fashion industry, including circular economy approaches. It will explore how tools such as amfori BEPI and international multi-stakeholder coalitions like the Fashion Charter can enable companies to drive environmental improvements in their supply chain.

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