Submitted by Social Accountability International
October 16, 2007 - The SAI 10th Anniversary Conference and Reception will highlight successes and lessons learned during the last decade of implementing human rights at work and look forward to milestones ahead. Keynote speakers Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and Dan Henkle, Senior Vice President, Gap, Inc. will share their vision for advancing the social performance of organizations and improving workers' lives around the world.
Business and CSR leaders will share and explore practical solutions to the challenges in this complex era of shifting global markets and extensive supply chains.
Experienced CSR practitioners will provide insights from diverse perspectives of global companies, trade unions, local suppliers, worker representatives, NGOs and academics. Speakers include:
- Kishor Chaukar, Managing Director, Tata Industries Ltd. (India)
- Robin Cornelius, CEO, Switcher (Switzerland)
- Jeroen Douglas, Solidaridad (Argentina and the Netherlands)
- Cuiling Wang, Chai Da (China)
- Lorenz Berzau, Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
- Jorge Duarte, USLC (Nicaragua)
- Jan Furstenborg, Union Network International UNI (International)
- Motoko Aizawa, International Finance Corporation (International)
- Michael J. Hiscox, Harvard University (USA)
- Achim Lohrie, Tchibo GmbH (Germany)
- Dan Rees, Ethical Trading Initiative (International)
- Ricardo Sahurie, Franky and Ricky (Peru)
- Amy Luinstra, The World Bank (International)
- Yasemin Basar, Yesim Textile (Turkey)
- Alan Spaulding, United Food and Commercial Workers UFCW (International)
- Sasha Courville, International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling (ISEAL) Alliance (International)
- Rana Daniyal, Ministry of Commerce (Pakistan)
The conference warms up with "Meet, Greet and Learn" breakfast roundtables, which offer the opportunity to engage experts in focus-group discussions. Topics include "Integrating Social and Environmental Accountability", "SAI Corporate Programs", "SA8000 Standard Revision", "IT Advancing CSR: Harnessing Consumer Market Force".
Panel sessions then drive the day into full gear, with presentations and discussions on cutting-edge topics: "Purchasing Practices Promoting Ethical Workplaces", "Remediation at the Site", "Worker and Manager Voices: Dispatches from the Factory Floor", "Partnerships to Implement Workplace Standards", "Ethical Consumer: Today’s Business/Opportunities and Challenges", "Governments Advancing Social Standards".
Our reception closes the conference on a celebratory note - attendees will relax with their peers, toast 10 years of collective efforts to assure human rights at work, and look ahead to the future with fresh perspective from the day’s proceedings.
To view full conference details and register, please visit www.sa-intl.org/conference or call +1-212-684-1414 extension 234.
Founded in 1997, Social Accountability International (SAI) is a global non-governmental organization with a mission to advance human rights at work. SAI’s vision is of decent work everywhere—sustained by an understanding that socially responsible workplaces benefit business while securing fundamental human rights. SAI empowers workers and managers at all levels of businesses and supply chains, using its multi-industry SA8000® Standard, as well as Social Fingerprint®, TenSquared, and other training and capacity-building programs. SAI is a leader in policy and implementation, working together with a diverse group of stakeholders, including brands, suppliers, governments, trade unions, non-profits, and academia.
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