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Responsible supply chains: From Reactive to Pro-active

CSR Asia’s partner – UTS Business School, Centre for Business and Social Innovation (CBSI) is hosting CSR Asia’s parent company - ELEVATE on Tuesday 23 May afternoon for 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 (mwong@csr-asia.com). Please note that places are limited so it is essential to RSVP if you would like to attend.





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



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 (http://www.elevatelimited.com/) 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.


23 May 2017
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


City - HaymarketCB08 Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, Building 8

Level 8, Room 8.02




To RSVP or for more details on the event, please contact Mabel Wong, CSR Asia (mwong@csr-asia.com). Please note that places are limited, RSVPs are essential.


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