Morning Briefing

Modern Slavery in the Spotlight

08:00 – 08:10 | Introduction

by Alisdair Gray, Director, EDRA EU Office, Europe

EDRA engages with policymakers at EU and global level on sustainability and responsible sourcing. EDRA believes collaboration is the only way to achieve wider policy objectives on sustainability given the size of the challenge.

08:10 – 08:20 | The DIY Platform: How Retailer Collaboration Can Generate Improvements across the Supply Chain

by George Padelopoulos, Acting Head of Responsible Sourcing, Kingfisher plc, UK

Net positive is Kingfisher’s programme for creating positive change in their business and the world. George will present how the company’s commercial model for sustainability shows how becoming Net Positive generates value for the business and how responsible sourcing fits into the broader strategy. Kingfisher is a founding member of the DIY Platform, an initiative with Obi, Gropue Adeo and Bunnings aimed at collaborating in order to improve supply chain sustainability and jointly tackle problems such as modern slavery.

08:20 – 08:30 | Hitting the sweet spot in tackling modern slavery: where legislation, responsible business and civil society meet

by Cindy Berman, Head of Knowledge and Learning, ETI, UK

Global supply chains are complex and challenging for companies committed to trading ethically. Workers’ rights issues are often deep-rooted and widespread and are best tackled through collaborative action. The ETI harnesses the expertise, skills and resources of its members to identify these issues and develop innovative, long-lasting solutions. Cindy will explain how her work helps workers to access their rights at work and to negotiate effectively for improved working conditions.

08:30 – 08:40 | Wrap-Up

by Alisdair Gray, Director, EDRA EU Office, Europe

Fixing organisational culture is undoubtedly the hardest part of any transformation. Developing the right digital strategy or product/service portfolio, introducing new technologies or finding the right talent, may be complex, but is not complicated. Cultural transformation in organisations is a challenge of a higher order, especially when dealing with deep-rooted legacy. In the digital economy, it is not enough to use or produce digital. An organisation needs to be digital. Hence, its vision, leaders and culture must become ‘digital’ too.

08:40 – 09:00 | Coffee Break

at the Exhibition Area.

Session Summary

From California, to the UK and now France, the regulatory spotlight is increasingly being turned toward the growing phenomena of modern slavery and human rights violations in the global value chain. This session will look at how companies, policymakers and NGOs, are tackling issues that matter to every responsible company.

Wake up early and hear some excellent presentations from top speakers. Your efforts for setting that alarm will be well rewarded.

Morning Briefing Early Wake Up Call Day 2 Home Improvement DIY
Location: Conference Room Date: June 9, 2017 Time: 08:00 - 08:40 Alisdair Gray
George Padelopoulos
Cindy Berman